It is neither an approval or denial at this stage. It means that they will be investigating your application.
Yes, there is a chance of being denied.
Unfortunately, all you can do is wait for their decision.
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There's absolutely no way to predict the outcome of your case especially since I'm certain that the application will be even more closely scrutinized based on current events in the area. You'll have to be patient and wait for a response. If you wish, you can hire a lawyer who can help you with getting to the bottom of this.
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They always take your money and the application ... there is no special significance by them 'accepting' your application.
Most likely they are having to do background checks on you ... because you went to the 3rd country consulate.
You'll have to wait and see.
How long to wait? If you haven't heard in 3 months, you can contact them ... not sooner.
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It means you have to wait. The consulate is doing its own investigation on your application.
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