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Visa applications from non-Turkish citizens

REPRESENTATION AGREEMENTS

In a number of countries in the region, Denmark does not have a diplomatic mission that can issue visas. Therefore, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have agreements with the following countries to process visa applications on behalf of Denmark:

• Algeria: Represented by Norway
• Azerbaijan: Represented by Norway
• Georgia: Represented by Estonia
• Jordan: Represented by Norway.
• Kirgizstan: Represented by Germany. The agreement has been suspended temporarily.
• Libya: Represented by Germany. The agreement has been suspended temporarily.
• Tunisia: Represented by Finland.

There are no representation agreements for Iraq and Syria.

The agreements are to be viewed as an offer to visa applicants in countries where Denmark has no representations, which are authorized to issue Schengen visas.

However, it does not exclude the possibility of submitting an application to an authorized Danish representation, which can process the application according to Danish procedures, legislation etc., including complaint instructions. A refusal from another Schengen country does not lead to an automatic refusal by Danish authorities.

If the applicant does not want to make use of the representation agreement, the applicant can – for example – choose to travel to Turkey to hand in the application. It is a condition that the applicant is staying legally in Turkey (e.g. crossed the border legally and has an entry stamp) and that there is a valid reason for not submitting the application in the applicant’s home country.

For further information about the representation agreements, please find more information at the website of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

HOW TO APPLY FOR VISA IN TURKEY

An application for visa is to be handed in personally at one of the 5 local visa application centres (VAC) in Turkey. The Visa Application Centre, VFS Global, is a private company which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has employed for outsourcing. The employees at the application centres are employed by VFS Global and not by the Embassy or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The VAC’s are found in the following cities in Turkey: Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya and Gaziantep. For further information about the VAC’s, please read the VAC’s website. In connection with the application, biometric features need to be recorded (fingerprints and picture).

Applications handed in at the VAC in Istanbul will be handled by the Danish Consulate General in Istanbul. Application handed in at other VAC’s will be handled by the Danish Embassy in Ankara.

BONA FIDE OR SUBMISSION TO THE DANISH IMMIGRATION SERVICE

The Danish missions in Turkey can decide on an application for themselves or submit the application to the Danish Immigration Service (DIS).

If the Mission does not find any problems with the application after a thorough assessment of the immigration and security risk, the Mission can issue a visa. The assessment of the immigration and security risk is based on the Mission’s experience and knowledge of immigration tendencies compared with the applicant’s personal circumstances.

If the Mission assesses that there is an immigration risk, that the application needs to be scrutinized further or that a refusal needs to be given, the application will be submitted to DIS.

Since the Danish missions in Turkey cannot verify or read the documents handed in by non-Turkish applicants, the Missions will as a main rule submit these applications to DIS.

The Mission’s decision to submit an application to DIS is not considered a decision according to Danish law. Therefore, a complaint over the Mission submitting an application to DIS cannot be filed.

When DIS decides on a visa case, they will do it according to Danish visa practice. For more information about visa practice for each country, please contact DIS by phone: + 45 35 36 66 00 or via www.newtodenmark.dk.

PROCESSING TIME

Decisions about visa applications must normally be made within 15 days. In some cases applications will require further enquiry. Other applications will take longer time to process because they have been submitted at a third country's diplomatic mission. In these situations, the maximum processing time is 30 days. In some cases further documentation is required. In these cases the processing time can be up to 60 days.