South Africans face stricter conditions applying for Schengen visa

Immigration lawyer Gary Eisenberg says South Africans travelling to certain countries now face stricter laws when applying for a Schengen Visa.

Eisenberg spoke to the Kieno Kammies show after a number of listeners called in saying they've needed to provide additional verification when applying for the visa.

Eisenberg says BLS International Services Ltd, a new visa facilitation company, has since taken over from VFS Visa & Permit Facilitation Centre.

BLS has its own proprietary standards of how visa applications ought to be prepared and accepted and that might be a contributing factor.

Gary Eisenberg, Immigration Attorney and founder of Eisenberg and Associates

The Spanish consulate has been particularly careful, the turn-a-round time has increased to no less than 15 days....

Gary Eisenberg, Immigration Attorney and founder of Eisenberg and Associates

I think countries are becoming far more careful on documentation emanating from countries like South Africa which are seen as high risk for fraudulent documentation and this is why Britain has imposed visa restrictions on South Africa.

Gary Eisenberg, Immigration Attorney and founder of Eisenberg and Associates

To hear more of this conversation with immigration lawyer Gary Eisenberg, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : South Africans face stricter conditions applying for Schengen visa


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