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Guideline on how to apply for a Schengen Visa?


Guideline on how to apply for a Schengen Visa

If you are wishing to visit Europe then you must need to apply for a Schengen visa in order to have hassle-free movement in the Schengen zone. Here you will find an ultimate guide on how to apply for a Schengen visa. The rules for getting a Schengen visa may vary according to the country of your residence. 

Schengen Zone

Schengen zone is the largest free travel area in the world that comprises 26 countries offering passport-free travel in Europe. The countries in the Schengen act as a one country where you can travel with the single Schengen Visa. 

Schengen Visa

Schengen Visa is a short stay permit to travel in the member countries of the Schengen area for 90 days. The Schengen area is a border free zone where the travelers can travel with Schengen visa and it is the most common visa for traveling to Europe. 

Schengen Visa Type 

First of all you need to figure out which type of Schengen visa you need to apply and what is the purpose of your visit in the Schengen zone. Schengen visa types are: 

  • Tourist visa

  • Visiting Family or Friends

  • Cultural and Sport activities

  • Transit visa

  • Business visa

  • Medical reasons

  • Study visa

  • Official visits

Where to apply for a Schengen Visa?

It depends on the rules and regulations of your destination country (where you are traveling to) for the submission of visa application. You can apply at one of the following places to get Schengen visa:

  • Embassy of your destination country

  • At one of the consulates of destination country

  • Visa center

  • Embassy or consulate of another Schengen country to which visa submission is outsourced by your desired country

Required documents when applying for a Schengen visa

Following are the required documents for applying a Schengen Visa:

  • Fully completed and signed visa application form

  • According to the visa photo requirements two recently taken photos (within the last three months) must be attached.

  • A valid passport that would be valid for at least three months after leaving for your destination country. The passport must not be older than 10 years and you also have copies of older passports with visa on them (if any).

  • Trip reservation or itinerary that includes details of entry and exit date from the Schengen zone, hotel reservations and flight itineraries. 

  • A purchased travel insurance policy that gives travel health insurance with a minimum coverage of 30000 euros in case of any emergency or sudden incidents. Travel insurance can be easily purchased from any insurance company. 

  • Accommodation proof that shows where you are going to stay during your travel in Schengen zone. You can attach hotel bookings or a rental agreement. 

  • If you are going to be guest of someone then attach a letter of invitation from your host where you are going to stay during your visit. 

  • Evidence of financial means that proves you have enough money to travel and stay in the Schengen zone. It includes bank account statement, sponsorship letter by any other person who will be giving you financial support. 

  • Proof of the visa fee you paid

Some specific requirements on the basis of visa applicants are the following: 

For students

  • Enrollment proof

  • No objection letter from institution

For employees

  • Employment contract or agreement

  • Bank statement 

  • Leave permission from the employer

  • Certificate or form of ITR (Income Tax Return)

For self-employed

  • Current bank statement of company

  • Copy of business license

  • ITR (Income Tax Return)

If you are married to an EU citizen or unemployed

  • Valid passport of your partner

  • Marriage certificate

  • Confirmation of employment letter

For retirees

  • Current pension statement

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