The Italian Embassy in Turkmenistan has advised all citizens of the latter not to apply for a Schengen visa through intermediaries.
The embassy recommended that everyone exercise caution when planning a Schengen visa application and inform them if intermediaries offer paid services to facilitate visa procedures, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
In addition, nationals of Turkmenistan have been advised to also be cautious of people who claim to have special ties to the embassy.
Cases of Schengen visa scams have increased in recent times due to the limited number of appointment slots available for those wishing to travel to the European Union. Thus, it is advisable that everyone completes the application themselves.
All third-country nationals who have not achieved visa liberalization with Schengen states, as well as those from countries that have not signed a visa liberalization agreement, need a Schengen visa in order to enter in Italy.
Those wishing to apply for an Italian Schengen visa must submit to the Italian Embassy in their country the Italian visa application form, a passport size photo, a valid passport, their residence permit card with a copy, proof accommodation and travel insurance.
Applicants may also be required to provide other documents, depending on the type of visa they are applying for.
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With the increase in cases of visa scams, it has been reported that scammers are taking advantage of third country nationals who need a Schengen visa to enter the EU for all sorts of purposes, especially those who must obtain such a document as soon as possible for health reasons.
Cases of scams have always been obvious. Nevertheless, they have particularly increased this year, as more third-country nationals are choosing Europe as a travel destination now that COVID restrictions have been lifted.
SchengenVisaInfo.com reported earlier today that cases of Schengen visa scams have been reported particularly in Morocco. The scammers ask the applicants to reveal their personal information and make several payments using their credit cards.
In the majority of cases, applicants are asked to share their SMS code validating their payment. Once the code is shared, scammers ask applicants to make up to five times the same payment under the pretext that a problem occurred during the process.
In order to avoid such situations, it is recommended that all persons who need a Schengen visa to enter the EU complete the application themselves and not share their personal information.