When examining the application, the consul shall;

* Always check whether the applicant is registered in the Schengen Information System (SIS II)

* verifies the applicant's previous visa cases

* In specific cases consults the competent authorities of other Member states

*consults the National Directorate General for Aliens Policing or the Ministry of Foreign affairs and Trade

* consult the consulates of other Schengen States

* require the applicant to appear in person

* may request the presentation of documents and certificates other than those already attached to the application. As a general rule, the examination of a visa application takes 15 days (extendable to a maximum of 45 days in justified cases)

For countries covered by visa facilitation agreements concluded by the EU, the processing time is 10 days.

A visa application shall be refused if the applicant:

* presents a false, falsified or fraudulently used travel document

* does not justify the purpose and circumstances of the intended stay

* does not provide proof of sufficient financial means of subsistence for the duration of the intended stay and return

* stayed on the territory of the Member States for 90 days in any 180 day period

* a person for whom a SIS II alert has been issued for denial of entry

* is considered to be a threat to public policy, safety and internal security or public health of the Member States or to the international relations of any of the member states in particular if he or she is the subject of an entry denial. 

* does not provide evidence that it is in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance or there are doubts as to the authenticity of the supporting documents provided by the applicant or the veracity of their content, as well as the reliability of the statements made by the applicant

* The content of the submitted documents is not reliable

* There is contradiction in the statements he has made.

In addition if:

* One or more member states consider that the applicant constitutes a threat to public policy, internal security, public health or its international relations.

* One or more member states consider that the applicant constitutes a risk to public health

* One or more Member States consider that the applicant constitutes a threat to their international relations

The decision of refusal and the reasons explaining this decision shall be communicated by the consul to the applicant on the form provided for that purpose. In case of refusal, the visa processing fee is not refundable so it cannot be reimbursed by the consulate.