The processing time for applications is normally up to 15 calendar days after the embassy or consulate has received the application. In some cases, applications are sent to the Directorate of Immigration (UDI), and the processing time in these cases may be up to 45 calendar days.
In China, you will in most cases get the result of your application within 2 to 15 working days after the embassy/consulate has received the application.
For non-Chinese applicants, the processing time might take some longer time, but a decision will still be made within 15 days from submitting the application. The reason for the extended processing time is that we cannot issue visas to citizens of certain countries before we have consulted other Schengen member states. This process takes up to seven days. For information on which countries such prior consultation applies to, please click here.