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Almost 40,000 Algerians Had Their Schengen Visas Rejected in 2021, 80% of Them by French Authorities

The French embassy, ​​consulates and other visa processing services in Algeria rejected 31,955 Schengen visa applications for France submitted in 2021, accounting for 80.5 percent of the total number of Schengen visa applications rejected by European countries in this North African country.

While a total of 140,212 Algerians applied for a Schengen visa last year, only 83,941 of them received a positive answer to their applications, meaning that the remaining 32 percent’s applications were rejected.

Recently published Schengen visa statistics show that the majority of rejected visa decisions were made by the French authorities in Algeria, while Spain was the second Schengen country with the highest number of visa applications rejected in Algeria (4,912).

Despite the high number of rejected applications, France also remains the country that issued the most Schengen visas to Algerians last year, with a total of 44,032 applications, followed by:

Spain – 34139 Italy – 2898 Switzerland – .641

According to Sart Bagrami, founder of, the reason behind the large number of Schengen visa applications rejected by France for the citizens of Algeria is the decision of the French government to grant fewer visas than before to the citizens of this country.

“In September 2021, France decided to grant fewer visas than before to the citizens of Algeria, as it itself refused to take back its citizens illegally residing in France after refusing to grant them asylum,” Bajrami explains.

He also points out that the low number of people vaccinated in the country against the coronavirus – only 1.17 out of every 100 citizens – may have contributed to the high number of rejected applications in this country as well.

The large share of visas rejected by the French authorities last year listed Algeria as one of the third countries with the highest percentage of visas rejected, well above the global average of 13.4 percent.

However, 2021 is not the only year in which Algeria was included in the list of countries with the highest rates of visa refusals, as the refusal rate in Algeria in 2020 was 38 percent, in 2019, 43 percent and in 2018, the rejection rate is up to 45.5 per cent. Each year, France was the first country to reject, but it was never responsible for the share of the rejection rate, which reached its high in 2021.

For 2021, applicants who submitted their Schengen visa application at embassies, consulates and other visa centers in Denmark, France, Norway and Sweden were the most likely to have their applications rejected, compared to visa issuance services in other Schengen area member countries.

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