1. When should I submit my visa application?

For Schengen visas (stays less than 90 days) the application must be submitted no more than 180 days prior to the start date of the trip while for National visas (stays more than 90 days) the application must be submitted no more than 90 days prior to the start date of the trip. Considering that the legal process of the Consulate's visa department is 15 business days, we recommend you to make your application appointments as early as possible.

2. Can I apply without submitting my passport?

No, your passport is the first document to be submitted during a visa application. Therefore, it should be submitted to our iDATA office to be delivered to the Consulate.

3. Why are my fingerprints required for a Schengen visa?

The 28 countries of the Schengen Agreement decided to obtain biometric data (fingerprint records) of all applicants from Turkey as of 25 September 2014. The data obtained shall be used for European Visa Information System (VIS). Italy Visa Departments are bound by the said European regulation and responsible for its implementation. If the applicant has obtained a Schengen visa within the past 59 months (4 years and 11 months) the fingerprints should not be collected. If the applicant cannot provide the information of that visa (photocopy of the visa or indication of visa's data on the application form), it is preferable to collect fingerprints."

4. Where are my fingerprints taken?

Your fingerprints are taken at iDATA offices during personal applications to be submitted to Consulate Information System. Information.

5. Should I have to be fingerprinted for each Schengen visa application?

No, fingerprints taken during the visa processes of Schengen countries are valid for 5 years. In exceptional cases, iDATA may need to take your fingerprints again pursuant to the requests of Consulate General.

6. When should I provide my fingerprints?

Fingerprints taken for Schengen visa as of 25 September 2014 are valid for 5 years, but the fingerprints should be taken again in the following cases: • The fingerprints taken during visa applications for countries other than Schengen countries are not valid.

• In surname changes due to marriage or divorce, the person should be fingerprinted again.

• The fingerprints taken at your passport issuing authority are not valid.

• In exceptional cases, depending on updates from the Consulates, you may need to revisit iDATA offices for fingerprinting even if you have a passport with valid fingerprints.

7. My visa application was rejected, are the fingerprints I provided still valid?

Based on the biometry process, fingerprints are required. Once you provide fingerprints and obtain visa with a VIS registry, it shall not be necessary to provide fingerprints again for Schengen visa applications for up to 5 years.However, in negative (rejection) results, it is mandatory to make the next application in person to provide fingerprints.

8. Does the fingerprints given for a visa with a VIS registry obtained upon my previous application remains valid despite the rejection of my current visa application?

Yes, it does; if the application for the visa with a VIS was in the last 5 years, the fingerprints provided remain valid.

9. Can I come to iDATA for application without making an appointment?

Appointments for the visa applications cannot make from iDATA offices which connected to Istanbul Consulate General unless there is an urgent situation. Therefore, you may make an appointment by making a prepayment for the requested and suitable date and time from the Appointment section.

10. How can I make an appointment for my application from iDATA?

You may make an appointment for the requested and suitable date and time from the appointment section at www.idata.com.tr with your Passport and travel information by making a prepayment.

11. Can I make an appointment to submit an application on the same day?

Yes. Depending on the availability of the appointments, you can make an appointment on the same day.

12. Where can I pay the visa fee and iDATA service fee?

Application payments for all trips up to 90 days (Schengen) are made at our pay-desks once the procedures at the iDATA office are finalised.

13. Where can I find the visa and iDATA Coordination (service) fees?

You may find all fee information here.

14. Are there any differences in visa fees or iDATA service fees when fingerprints are not provided?

No, you may find all fee information here.

15. I am a Turkish citizen (I hold a Turkish passport) but I reside in a country outside the Schengen zone with a residence permit. Where should I apply for a German/Italian Schengen visa?

You should apply in the country of your residence.