Schengen Visa Sample Cover Letter

Schengen Visa Sample Cover Letter

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A cover letter is a requirement for applying for a Schengen Visa. This wasn’t required of me, however, when I applied for my UK Visa. The cover letter basically states your intention to travel to the Member State/s and how long you’ll be staying in each Member State/s (a.k.a. your itinerary). Since many of you have come for the sample letter, I decided to make things easier for you guys. Below is a link for you so that you can download the Word document of the cover letter. You can edit it to suit your needs and then print it straight away. Just pay with a Tweet or Facebook post.

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    • You’re welcome!

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  1. Thanks for all the information about my visit to France

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  2. Hi Kristine, I live in India and I would like to visit my sister currently working in Germany. I’ve booked return tickets and have all necessary documents needed from both ends. However, I am visiting her after I graduate from University.
    1. Which means the only proof of return I have is my return ticket. Is it ok, or do I need some additional documents of proof.
    2. I am applying on 1st April and my date of departure is 16th may and return is 24th June. Will I get the full 3 months visa in this case?

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  3. Hi,

    My querry is, that although I’ll be traveling within the cities from 28th May 2014 to 10th June 2014, my flight ticket, to reach Venice (from where I shall be starting my Journey) is dated 27th May2014. Should my cover letter mention 27th May 2014 or 28th May 2014

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    • Just mention that you will be arriving in Venice on 27th May.

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  4. And also, how about my itinerary for 90 days. We don’t have plans yet. All i know is that i will enroll for a 2-3 weeks german language class.

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    • Hi. Please see my post on the “show money” here: Schengen Visa Show Money

      You can have a simple itinerary stating which cities you will be in during the 90 days of your stay in Germany. You don’t have to have a very specific itinerary detailing all the sites or tourist spots you will visit.

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      • Hi i just wanted to ask if i need to present itinerary even its just visitors visa. And just spending my 90 days in vienna. TIA

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        • Yes, Enn. You have to present an itinerary. It doesn’t have to be too detailed in that you have to list all the things you will do in those 90 days. You can divide your itinerary into weeks or months to make it simpler. Just present something to show what you plan to see or do in Vienna.

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      • Hi Kristine, my parents have just transferred me money for the europe trip. How do i make a proof of finance support for this purpose? If i provided only the bank statement, they might suspect where i get the money from. However, i got no idea what to write to them to prove that those money are from my parents for me to travel. Thanks!

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        • Hi Yvonne. You can write about your financial support in your cover letter. Simply add a paragraph stating that the money you will be using and is reflected in the bank statements and bank certificates is from your parents. You can even ask your parents to make a letter stating that they are the ones funding your trip. Address it to the embassy and say something like:

          “This letter is to state that we, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, parents of Ms. Yvonne, have provided her with funding for her Europe trip amounting to PhpXXX,XXX. The financial support we have extended her is our gift to her and we want our daughter to be able to travel comfortably.”

          Have your parents sign the letter and attach it to the cover letter you will submit to the Embassy. Then, in your cover letter, state that you are attaching a letter from your parents on the financial support that they will provide you.

          Hope that helps!

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  5. Hi! :) hm showmoney do I need if i will stay at austria for 90 days? But I have sponsor. Thanks.!

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  6. hi! kristine Can you also help me, can i PM you or call you sometimes?

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  7. Hi ms kristine…i find you so amiable and your blog helpful. I woud like to ask some info regarding our planned tour to europe.you see we are seven in a group of retirees from the government service.some of us have travelled extensively in parts of asia and middle east..and this will be our first venture to tour europe if granted a shengen visa…we would like to ask you the following:

    1. Would it be possible or doable to request for the shengen visa as a group so we would be granted approval of the visa in group. One cover letter request for us seven but attached with our individual requirements…

    2. what woud be our country of entry if we plan to visit rome, italy, venice, austria, naples etc..

    3. Would p 300,000k as bank statement enough and would the embassy consider it enough for the show money.?

    4. How do we convince the embassy that we would be coming back to the Philippines ( we are almost senior citz and our past times really is to travel and “squander” a bit and enjoy life) in our sunset years…

    5. Since most of us are illiterates in high techs how do we get to find our hotel reservations on line…pls dont advice us to ask our pamangkins to do the surfing for us since we dont intend to let them know a bit that we would be on tour again..we have enough dialogues of ” waldas n nmn kayo” hehehe…

    6. Should we book already our flights before our request for a shengen visa…

    7. Is medical insurance that important? Our pilgrimage tour to the holy land required us to have one but it was accomplished by the agency…so how and where shall we avail of it…

    I hope my long inquiry will not tire you miss kristine…you will be a a big help to us…thank you and we hope you will acknowledge our queries…

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    • Hi po! I’m glad you found my site helpful. To answer your questions po:

      1. I don’t think you can apply as a group under one cover letter. Even families submit individual requirements for each member and there are even cases wherein the parents get an approved visa but their child does not. You may set an appointment with the embassy for the same schedule so that all of you can be there on the same day. You may also use the same cover letter but each one of you should have a copy and be signed by you. I can help write a more personalized cover letter for you if you want me to. The embassy will still assess you individually even if all of you apply on the same day.

      2. Your country of entry will be the first country you will visit in the Schengen area. You will have to apply for your visa at the country which will be the first country you visit or the country in which you will stay the longest. Which countries are you planning to visit and how long do you plan po to stay in each country?

      3. 300,000 is enough as long as the cost of your trip to Europe will not exceed that amount. I have a separate post dealing with the show money and you might find that helpful. From my experience, I showed the embassy roughly the same amount and my trip expenses only amounted to around 200,000 for 20 days.

      4. You can state the reasons for your travel on your cover letter and if you have land titles it may also help establish your rootedness in the Philippines. If you have investments or a business, it will also help. You can also state in your cover letter that you have worked for the government and are now simply enjoying your retirement. Being a retiree lowers your chances of employability abroad in comparison to young professionals and if you can’t find a job abroad, chances are you will return to the Philippines. It lowers the risk that you will be a TNT. I guess that’s how the embassy case officer can view your application and issue you a visa po. If you are receiving pension na rin po, you can also present documents showing such po.

      5. When you book online po, using booking.com or agoda.com, you have to pay using your credit card po and the confirmation of your booking will be sent to your email po. If you need help booking po, I think I can assist you po.

      6. You can have flight reservations palang po prior to applying for your visa. You don’t need to buy the flights just yet. I have a post on how to book flights for the visa at no cost and if after reading it po and you still need help, I can assist you po.

      7. A medical insurance is required po and you can easily get one from Blue Cross online and the payment is via credt card. The policy will be sent to you via email and you can simply print it and submit it to the embassy. It does not cost much too.

      It’s okay po. :) If you need more help and would like to talk privately po, you can email me at kristine@bubbleofblah.com

      I would be more than happy to assist you in any way I can. :)

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    • Thank you very much ms kristine for your acknowledgement and for taking the time to read our queries. We will follow your words of wisdom…and enlightenment…we will keep in touch with you again by email for more queries. GBU And more power…

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      • You’re welcome po! God bless you po! :D

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  8. Hi… I intend to travel to UK in June 14 to June 28.. Below is my itinerary:
    June 14 – london
    June 16 to June 18 – France Paris
    June 18 to June 20 – Italy ( not sure of the city yet)
    June 20 to June 21 – Germany ( no city yet)
    June 21 – Brussels, Belgium
    June 21 evening – back to London until June 27, 2014
    June 28 – back to Manila

    Do i declare this kind of itinerary on my cover letter? My question is, we will be taking the train (covering schengen countries), and i dont know if its possible to book a train this early ( via Eurostar?)

    Hooe you could help..

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    • Hi Beng. You can declare this kind of itinerary in your cover letter. If you are wondering about the train tickets, you don’t have to buy them yet before you get an approved visa. Here’s what you do:

      1. Go to the Eurostar site and mock book for the trips you plan to ticket for each city.
      2. Take a screenshot of each booking you plan to take and take note of the schedule.
      3. Include the screenshots of the bookings in your itinerary.

      Actually, you can just list down the trips you plan to take in this format: (for example, taking your London to Paris trip)
      London (St. Pancras International) to Paris (Gare du Nord)
      Departs: 05:40 on Mon, 16 Jun
      Arrives: 09:17 on Mon, 16 Jun
      Standard Non- Flexible ticket

      Do that for the rest of your trip, including those where you will be taking the plane or another train aside from the Eurostar. In your cover letter, you can insert the following sentence:
      “The train tickets for the trips in between the Schengen countries I have listed have not yet been purchased since they are non-refundable. However, I have already mock booked train tickets to check for schedules which I can take should my visa application be approved. I have included them in my detailed itinerary and my current finances are sufficient to cover the costs of travel in between the Schengen countries I plan to visit.”

      It is possible to book train tickets this early but it is not advisable if you are not willing to take the risk of booking tickets and having your application possibly rejected in the end. It’s better to book them once you have your approved visa. But to show the embassy that you really carefully planned your trip, it would be wise to show them the train trips you plan to take.

      Hope that helps! :D

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  9. Thanks for the letter it was helpful :-)

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    • You’re very much welcome! :)

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  10. you are great.so i have my passport,photos,insurance,reservation,bank statements,permission letter from school,our family is well-off financially.do you recommend a tourist or visitor’s visa?

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    • If you will be visiting a friend, then go for the visitor visa. If you decide not to declare your invitation, then just go for the visa for tourism.

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  11. hi,am from kenya wishing to apply for a schengen visa with germany only destination.my friend who’s inviting me will not be the one to sponsor me.wil there be any problem if i use another relative’s bank statements?in my passport my occupation is student yet am not currently in school will it be a problem?what should include in my cover letter?my recommender is my uncle and he’s a senator can that boost my chances?long one but thx in advance sherry

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    • Hi Sherry. To answer your questions:

      1. The person inviting you to visit Germany is deemed your sponsor. The fact that your friend is inviting you means that he/she has the means to support your stay in Germany and would therefore be required to show proof of his/her capability to support you. He has to send you the invitation letter and other documents required by the embassy to prove that he/she is capable of hosting your stay in Germany. This is under the assumption that you will be staying at his/her house and not in a hotel and that he/she will be shouldering part of your expenses for food and even possibly, transportation.

      2. You may use another relative’s statements if they are the ones who are currently supporting you. You said that you are a student and it will be reasonable that someone else will be paying for your trip and not you since you are still unemployed. But if you do have your own savings account, it will best to use your own bank statements and bank certificates. If you really don’t have one, then show your relative’s bank statements and proof of where they get their income, like from a job or business. Include in your cover letter the reason why you are presenting someone else’s bank statements.

      3. Being a student and yet not enrolled in school may raise some questions with the embassy. Be prepared to answer them when they ask you what you have been up to and why you are not in school because one of the requirements is a school or university registration and an approval to take a leave from studies. It might be the ground for them not to issue a visa to you because then they wouldn’t be able to ascertain if you will return to Kenya after your trip since you don’t have a school to return to.

      4. I am not sure if recommendations from politicians are considered. It’s my first time to encounter a question from a reader stating that they have someone who will provide a recommendation of some sort for their visa application. I did check the requirements and I didn’t see any requirement for a recommendation. I don’t think that his recommendation or his being a senator will do anything for your application at the embassy. He is a different legal entity from you and while he may enjoy diplomatic privileges because of his position, these benefits may not trickle down to the rest of his family, especially if they are not his immediate family.

      For the best advice, please do contact the German Embassy in Kenya. They will be better equipped to handle your queries.

      Hope that helps. :)

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      • thx so much,where do you stay and can you sent me your personal contacts via e-mail so we share more?i have enough money in my acc but it is still new.can you kindly show me how to write a cover letter.suppose i change it to a tourist visa what would you advice me to prepare for?thx

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        • You can find my email in my “Contact Me” Page. It’s on the menu above. As for the cover letter, you can use the one I posted here. You can download it right away and just edit the important details so that it reflects the details of your application.

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  12. hi Kristine! thank you so much for your very informative post. I would just like to ask about my purpose of the journey. Should i select Tourism or Visit of a friend? since my fiance is currently working in Walldorf, Germany temporarily for six months (jan-june 2014) and he will shoulder all the expenses. he’s not a resident in Germany and will go back by June to San Francisco, California. Im just confused because im thinking of this would make a lot of difference from my application form.

    thank you! :)

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    • If you have funds to show the embassy that will be sufficient to cover the trip without your fianceé’s support, then you can choose Tourism. That will save you the trouble of obtaining documents from your fianceé to prove his right to stay and work in Germany. However, if you really don’t have enough funds and will be relying totally on his funding, then choose Visit of a Friend and show the necessary documents for that sort of application.

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  13. Hi, Kristine – quick question. In general, which is more preferred by Consul? A detailed or a simplified itinerary?

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    • I’m unsure as to their preference though. If you have a detailed itinerary then submit it. If you are pressed for time then go for a simplified one since it is also accepted. I submitted a simple one, the one I attached to my itinerary post here and it was accepted. No questions asked.

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      • I have both versions but I am torn which one to present for my Schengen VISA application. I will also apply separately to UK consulate and I am sure, a detailed one is required there. But for Schengen, not really sure so wanted to ask some thoughts from you. =]

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        • You can present the detailed one actually. It doesn’t really matter much to them because they know these sample itineraries don’t get followed to the dot and they are only for application’s sake. If the detailed one makes you more confident with your application, by all means submit it. Just be sure that the level of detail is not overkill and that all the details coincide with your other documents. You can compare your itineraries to the level of detail I presented in mine.

          Just in case you haven’t checked yet, here they are:

          http://bubbleofblah.com/2013/07/21/uk-visa-sample-itinerary/

          http://bubbleofblah.com/2013/07/31/schengen-visa-sample-itinerary/

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  14. If I am going to Paris (5 days) and London (9 days) in April 2014, I need 2 VISAs (UK and Schengen VISA) right? Do you think I need 2 different cover letters for each? Which do you recommend should I apply to first? Thanks a lot for your help

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    • Yes. You need a UK visa and a Schengen visa. You can use the same cover letter, make sure you change the addressee for each. I suggest you apply for the visa of the country you will be entering first.

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  15. I am doing a desperate move already; but I totally need your help to proof read if I make sense with my declaration below. Of course, I got all the format & details from your site, haha! I hope it is okay.

    Here is what I plan to present to Dutch Embassy on our appointment this January 27.

    _______________________________

    Dear Sir or Madam:

    I would like to apply for Schengen visa to cover my intention to travel to Netherlands, France and Italy from April 26, 2014 to May 9, 2014, with Netherlands as my initial point of entry.

    My purpose of travel is tourism; to witness in actual the sights, architecture and museums. I also look forward to experiencing the food and learning the European way of life from these three countries.

    I am applying through your honorable consulate because Amsterdam will be the city of my first entry. I would like to apply for a multiple-entry visa as I am traveling to United Kingdom on April 29, 2014 to May 3, 2014 and need to re-enter the Schengen area to stay in Paris and Rome as indicated in the following itinerary.

    Date In Date Out Days City Hotel
    April 26, 2014 April 29, 2014 4 Amsterdam Courtyard Amsterdam
    May 3, 2014 May 6, 2014 4 Paris Renaissance Paris La Defense
    May 6, 2014 May 9, 2014 4 Rome Romantica B&B
    TOTAL NO. OF DAYS 12

    Please find the following documents to support my visa application enclosed herewith:
    1. Application form, duly dated and signed with passport size picture
    2. Passports showing my travel experience
    3. Employment and leave certificates showing approved leaves and the date I am expected to return to work
    4. Payslips, ITR, credit card statements, bank certificates, and statements of accounts as proof of income
    5. E-ticket for my flight via KLM for Manila-Amsterdam April 25-26, 2014 and Rome-Manila May 9-10, 2014
    6. Hotel booking reservation as proof of accommodation
    7. Travel insurance with benefits coverage of 30,000 Euros

    I hope that you will find everything is in order. For questions, please feel free to contact me.

    Thanking you in advance for a favorable reply to my application.

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    • Yup!! That’s already okay. I think it will help more if in your days in and days out you include this row:

      (After amsterdam)
      Leave Schengen area
      April 29, 2014 May 3, 2014 UK
      Re-enter Schengen area
      (Before paris)

      Then adjust your total number of days to include UK then indicate the number of days that will be spent in the Schengen area out of the total number of days of your vacation under the grand total. :) This is so that you can be super clear that you need to re enter.

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  16. Hello, dear Kristine -

    First off, thank you very much for your helpful blogs.
    My husband and I are planning to do a EU & UK trips this coming April 2014. Our initial point of entry is Amsterdam, traveling to Manchester & London, then back to Paris & Rome. We are staying an equal number of days in Amsterdam, Paris & Rome, all for the purpose of tourism. Hence, we are filing our visa application to Netherlands Embassy here in Manila. This is our first step. Then afterwards, we will apply to UK consulate.

    I have been going nuts drafting our detailed itinerary & cover letter. Thanks heavens, I came across your very informative sites. My question though for you, do I need to declare in my Schengen Cover Letter that I am flying to UK in between of my Schengen visit?

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    • Hi Amanda! Yes. You do need to declare it in your cover letter because in going to the UK you will be leaving the Schengen area once you travel to London and Manchester from Amsterdam. Since you will be re-entering the Schengen area to stay in Paris and Rome, you need to apply for a multiple entry Schengen visa and the basis of the embassy to provide you with such a visa is your declaration that you will be returning to the Schengen area after your stay in the UK. :)

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      • I am doing a desperate move already; but I totally need your help to proof read if I make sense with my declaration below. Of course, I got all the format & details from your site, haha! I hope it is okay.

        Here is what I plan to present to Dutch Embassy on our appointment this January 27.

        _______________________________

        Dear Sir or Madam:

        I would like to apply for Schengen visa to cover my intention to travel to Netherlands, France and Italy from April 26, 2014 to May 9, 2014, with Netherlands as my initial point of entry.

        My purpose of travel is tourism; to witness in actual the sights, architecture and museums. I also look forward to experiencing the food and learning the European way of life from these three countries.

        I am applying through your honorable consulate because Amsterdam will be the city of my first entry as indicated in the following itinerary. I would like to apply for a multiple-entry visa as I am traveling to United Kingdom on the dates of April 29, 2014 to May 3, 2014 and need to re-enter the Schengen area to stay in Paris and Rome.

        Date In Date Out Days City Hotel
        April 26, 2014 April 29, 2014 4 Amsterdam Courtyard Amsterdam
        May 3, 2014 May 6, 2014 4 Paris Renaissance Paris La Defense
        May 6, 2014 May 9, 2014 4 Rome Romantica B&B
        TOTAL NO. OF DAYS 12

        Please find the following documents to support my visa application enclosed herewith:
        1. Application form, duly dated and signed with passport size picture
        2. Passports showing my travel experience
        3. Employment and leave certificates showing approved leaves and the date I am expected to return to work
        4. Payslips, ITR, credit card statements, bank certificates, and statements of accounts as proof of income
        5. E-ticket for my flight via KLM for Manila-Amsterdam April 25-26, 2014 and Rome-Manila May 9-10, 2014
        6. Hotel booking reservation as proof of accommodation
        7. Travel insurance with benefits coverage of 30,000 Euros

        I hope that you will find everything is in order. For questions, please feel free to contact me.

        Thanking you in advance for a favorable reply to my application.

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  17. w0w! Thanks a LOT for the answers! :) I hope I can pass the interview and grant my Visa.
    God Bless! :D

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  18. Hi Kristine! First, I want to say soo0rry. i have a bunch of questions. [its my first time] :D
    I am planning to travel in Austria which I need to apply for Schengen Visa. My mom has a friend there who went here in the Philippines for a vacation. And she’s inviting me to go there in Austria. But I shouldnt use her as my sponsor, she told me that I will use her friends name as my sponsor since that guy has a lot of funds than her. they already sent me an invitation letter. is that okay? what are the things that the consul may ask about me, my tita, and the sponsor? ?
    2nd question: with all the requirements that I need, what should i priority? is it the ticket? the travel insurance? etc.
    3rd question: since that Im just invited, do i really need a hotel bookings? e i will stay naman at my tita’s house .
    4th question: since that Im just invited, do i need to present a bank statement, land titles etc.?
    5th: they requiring a LOA when ur employed, and also if student. but in my case, im not a student anymore, and im resigning in my job this end of november. watcha think should i present?
    6th question: is it really three months before the planned trip? e im planning this december na sana,

    pasensya na po.

    Thanks in advance. :)

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    • Hi Charmaine. Here are my answers:

      1st Question: When I applied at the French Embassy, the consul asked me who I was going to visit in the UK since I also stated in my itinerary that I was to go to London first before Paris. I told her I was going to visit my friend. Here are some of the questions she asked me:
      a. When did you meet this friend? How did you become friends with her?
      b. Where does she live? What does she do for a living?
      c. How long has she been staying in London?
      So I guess you should know as much as you can about your sponsor. Personally, I think you should know the following details:
      a. Full name and age of your sponsor
      b. Job of your sponsor
      c. A story of how you met or how you got to know your sponsor and your relationship with him
      d. Is your sponsor an Austrian citizen? If not, then how long has he been in Austria?
      e. Address of your sponsor. Where in Austria is he living?
      I think you should cover the basic information to show you do know your sponsor. I have not applied to the Austrian Embassy so I’m not really familiar on the manner they question the applicants or the application procedure there.

      2nd Question: Prioritize finalizing your travel dates. If you don’t have a passport yet, book an appointment already. Then book an appointment for your application submission and make sure you give enough time for yourself to be able to gather all the requirements before the appointment date. The requirements are fairly easy to gather. I suggest you start with the financial documents first, then the travel requirements like insurance and flight bookings, then the itinerary and application form last.

      3rd Question: You won’t need hotel bookings anymore if you are to stay with your aunt. I just think that you should also be ready to submit documents on your aunt’s identity and her right to stay or residence in Austria to prove that she’s not an illegal immigrant and that you can legally stay with her and that she can support your visit. That includes financial documents. I’m not sure how the Embassy will treat your application because you said another person will sponsor your visit and yet you will be staying with your aunt. I think you have to aim for consistency with what you will be stating in your application. Because if you state two different persons – one to sponsor you and the other one is your aunt- the Embassy might question you and ask why your aunt didn’t sponsor your visit and why someone else did.

      4th Question: Yes. You still have to present financial documents. What they also prove is that you will be coming back to the Philippines, not just your financial capacity to travel.

      5th Question: Well, you can’t present an LOA anymore since technically your resignation will be effective by month end. I think you just have to show your resignation letter or whatever document your company will give you stating that you are no longer connected with their company and state in your application form that you are unemployed.

      6th Question: The earliest that you can apply for the visa is 3 months before your trip. That means you can’t apply 3 and a half months before your trip but you can apply one month before your planned trip. Of course you can still apply even if your planned trip is this December. However, please do note that it is the holiday season and embassies are swamped with visa applications. It takes roughly 10 to 15 working days for the visa to be processed and it can even take longer depending on the number of visa applications currently being processed by the embassy. Plus, there are a lot of holidays coming up and people are on leave and won’t be showing up for work at the embassies. I suggest you book an appointment already, as soon as possible, if you really want to travel this December.

      Hope that helps. If you still have questions, just ask. :D

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      • P.S. Would you happen to know or at least have an estimate as to how much is gonna be the cost of insurance for a one year stay in France or any Schengen country?

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        • Hi Stephanie. I’m sorry but I don’t have any idea of how much insurance for a year would cost. You can contact the insurance companies I listed in my post on Travel Insurance to ask for a quote from them. I heard Malayan can give low rates, lower than that of Blue Cross.

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    • Hi Charmaine and Kristine!

      I have been researching about how I can successfully get a long stay visa to France and I got a lot of notes from this blog. ♥

      My boyfriend will be supporting most of my finances when I get there. I work online so I plan to continue it there to help out with the finances a little. I was just curious if you, Charmaine, were able to get your visa approved.

      And to Kristine, thanks again for the cover letter. It gave me some ideas as to what to put in my letter. Do you think I should give detailed information about my relationship with my sponsor (boyfriend)? Should I include when we became steady, etc. ?

      Any tips from everybody else will be appreciated. ^^

      Steph

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      • Yup. You can go as detailed as you want about your relationship with your boyfriend. I think you would also be presenting documents to support your relationship, if I’m not mistaken, although probably not as detailed as the requirements for a fiancee visa. Mentioning your boyfriend and your relationship in your cover letter can help solidify your application more and tie it up with the documents you present. It will basically serve as some sort of explanation for the documents. :D I think it will be safe to mention when you met and how long you have been a couple and why you decide to visit him in his country.

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  19. Hi Kristine,

    I want to apply for Italy with my husband and two children this our first time for applying visa to italy , we do not have any other country visa, our bank statement is good my husband is Admin. Manager we stay in dubai. I want to ask you when embassy called for interview what question they ask?

    regards,

    Victoria

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    • When I applied for the Schengen visa at the French Embassy, the consul asked me the following questions:
      (1) Who are you going to visit in the UK? (I had a UK visa in my passport already and I was visiting a friend in London before going to Paris)
      (2) How did you meet your friend?
      (3) Have you been issued other visas aside from your UK visa?
      (4) Why are you traveling to Europe?

      That was all she asked me. It varies from embassy to embassy and from consul to consul, and also it depends on the profile of the visa applicant. I think the key thing is that you should know your itinerary inside and out. Know the names of the hotels you are going to stay in, know where they are located and how you are going to get there. Here’s a list of some of the things they might ask you (based on my personal opinion):
      (1) Reason for traveling abroad
      (2) If with children, you might be asked how they will be able to cope with the schoolwork they will leave behind in case you are traveling during the school year and not during vacation
      (3) Your day to day itinerary
      (4) Your choice of hotel/s and tour packages
      (5) Your work background

      All of your documents should be consistent and coincide with each other’s information and you should be able to answer the consul’s questions based on the documents you presented.

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    • Hi Kristine,

      thanks for your reply, we had submitted our documents for Italy visa, but they didn’t asked any question from us, now when we will go to collect our passport then they will ask?

      Regards,

      Victoria

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      • If they have questions, I think they will ask it through a phone call or they will tell you to go to the embassy. Usually, when they ask you to pick up your passports they’ve already made a decision on your application.

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  20. Hallo .. Can u tell me please ,,If i am a student and unemployed But i have BANK STATEMENT , can i apply for tourism visa?? is this possible??
    THANKS

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    • Hi Khan. Yes, you may apply for a tourist visa even you are still a student.

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    • Thanks for ur reply …..i have one more question …( waht is better for me .should i show my own bank statement or the bank statement of my father???) even if i m student and unemployed…
      Thanks in advance.

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      • You may show both actually, if you want to. Indicate in your cover letter that you are including your father’s documents in your application since he is your means of financial support.

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  21. Dear Kristine thank you so much for putting up this cover letter. Best Manish

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    • You’re welcome Manish! :)

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  22. Dear Kristine…
    Just wanted you to be the first person to know that I got my Schengen Visa Stamped.. :) Thanks so much for all your kind assistance. People, make sure u read this site clearly before proceeding with your application process. And also, REMEMBER – When applying to SPAIN consulate – your travel insurance should have an additional 15 days from your intended day of departure. For Example: if you are planning to leave the schengen area on say,..1st Oct… then your travel insurance’s expiry date must be till Oct 16th…or so..
    Have Fun people..
    Also Love ya loads Kristine…. God Bless ya heaps. :)

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    • I am so happy for you Keert!!! :D Have loads of fun on your trip!!! God bless you too and have a safe journey!!! :D

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  23. Hi Kristine, thank you for replying my post. my intention is your help in writing the sponsor letter. Actually i am a media person of Nepal and my visit purpose is to shoot Music Video of my Friend in Portugal. My friend also don’t have right idea about it so i m requesting for your help to write the sponsor letter. what can be the Format and Language of the letter? hope getting your reply soon. Thank you.

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    • I think that the letter should be in English unless stated otherwise by the Portuguese embassy in your country. You may follow the format in this letter in the link I’ll provide you and simply modify it to suit your needs: Sponsor Letter Hope that helps! :)

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  24. I m from Nepal and planning to apply short term visa for Portugal for tourism purpose. what should be the criteria of my sponsor, he has residency card holder of Portugal but not citizen having his own business. how can he sponsor me for my visit. and how to prepare the sponsor letter for my visa. kindly hope reply soon.

    Reply
    • Hi Bikash. I suggest you visit the website of the Portuguese embassy in your country and a list of the requirements. For your friend to sponsor you, he has to send you a copy of his residency certificate and an invitation letter stating that he is inviting you to visit him in Portugal and will be sponsoring your visit. Include those documents in your visa application.

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  25. Hi Kristine :)

    i just want to ask po kung pwede na hindi ako mgpasa ng itr ko kasi may bank statement naman po ako .
    thankyou so much

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    • Hi Suzette. I think you still have to pass your ITR. The bank statement is there to prove you have existing funds and your ITR is there to prove your source of funds and also serves to support your employment claims, should you be stating that you are an employee of a specific company. :) It’s better not to risk having a rejected application just because you did not submit your ITR. Better submit more documents than required than submitting less.

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  26. Hi Kristine! Just wanted to say that your blog has helped me a lot in obtaining a visa. Needless to say, I couldn’t have done it without your blog! Anyway, just a question. If I declared to the embassy that I will only be travelling within France, is it okay if I also travel to other countries though it’s not included in my itinerary? Will they find out?

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    • Hi Celina! It’s okay if you travel to other Schengen countries. Even if you declared that you’ll only be going to France when you applied, you are free to change your travel plans. You are not restricted to just France. :)

      I’m glad I was able to help you. :)

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  27. Hey there,

    Just following your footsteps – I should say :)
    Got a Travel Insurance online…
    One quick question? – ‘The duration of the insurance cover must include the entire period of stay and additionally fifteen days more after the proposed date of departure out of the Schengen territory’ – Did you really take the insurance for another 15 days ? I just got my insurance for the 10 day stay..
    Should I really amend my insurance?

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    • Yes. I had an additional 15 days coverage of insurance. I think you should amend your insurance if the requirements of the embassy you are applying in state you have to be covered by another 15 days.

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  28. Hi Kristine thank you very much for a quick reply to my question about hotel booking…i am planning to apply for one week Paris tour.i have an Auntie there but as you also mentioned here even you have a friend to stay in your destination you booked a hotel so to avoid hassle in getting any certificate for such arrangement.me and my auntie agreed for her not to get the Attestation d’accuelli so i plan to have a dummy hotel booking to present only upon application but when i’ll be there i will stay with my auntie.thats why im thinking if i will not have a problem upon arrival if i present to them the dummy hotel booking …hayyy im confused so sorry…bcoz i also read that once the visa is granted you can cancel the hotel reservation or booking that you made so im thinking if it is this way what should be presented upon arrival for proof of accomodation?pasensya ka na gusto ko lang malinawan about this…thank you for your great help.hope you have a great weekend :)

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    • You’re welcome Rose. Like I said, I think you can still present your dummy booking since I didn’t see them really check if such a booking was cancelled or not. I don’t think they have a system that can check for that. If you mention your aunt, it might still raise some questions.

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      • Yup Kristine you are right i cannot mention my aunt upon arrival.dummy booking is fine i think if they just look at it..but maybe i will try to really book so i am sure i will not have any problem.you mention that you will post something about how to choose a hotel to book ?but i cannot find it…maybe it can help me a lot to find one which is ok on my budget :)….am really glad i found your blog you are very kind and helpful ti everyone here :)

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        • Wow! You really remembered those things that I post. I’m sorry if I haven’t gotten around to posting it yet. Could you give me until tomorrow to have the hotel criteria post up? I promise it will be up tomorrow. :D

          I’m really glad I’m able to help you. I’d appreciate it a lot too if you could tell me how your trip went once you get back. And I’m praying that you will have a safe and fun trip. :)

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  29. Dear Kristine…
    You are totally awesome.. Thanks for your valuable advice.
    Also enlighten me about the medical insurance? is it a must for even for 10-days travel?
    How did u get one? did u buy it online? also would the amt be refunded after the trip? :D

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    • Thanks. :D Yes, the travel insurance is a must and is included as one of the requirements for the visa application. I bought one from Blue Cross and all the transactions were online. I got my insurance policy via email, printed it, and presented it to the Embassy. I think the insurance is not refundable unless your application was denied and you no longer wish to appeal your application, in which case, your trip will no longer push through. For that, I think you have to present to the insurance company the letter from the embassy stating that your application was denied. I have listed all the accredited insurance companies for the Schengen visa application here: Schengen Visa Travel Insurance I don’t think it won’t be refunded anymore after the trip. But you can ask the insurance company if it will be. I’m unsure about this part. :)

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  30. Hello,
    I want to file schengen visa for paris france. I want to go with my youger brother my dad and mom. My dad is retired businessman and my mom is a house wife. My younger brother has recently join a job he is a doctor by profession. We all as family sharing all the expenditures. I do have ITR’s bank statement etc but my father did not have any ITR or retirement proof as he retired as a businessman. My mother is a house wife and my brother has also not filled any ITR as he has join his job recently i.e 9-10 month back. Now I want to show my dads bank statement my mom bank statement and my brother bank statement and payslip and holiday approval proof. I want to know I have to file a single cover letter or individually for all the members of my family. please guide.

    Reply
    • Hi Vikrant. There should be an individual cover letter for each you since all of you will have individual visa applications.

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      • Thanks for the reply, Further I am in dough that as my dad and mom are not earning but they do have sufficient funds available in bank accounts and FD’s for the tour.. do they ask me for their income tax return because I don’t have any. In case of my brother he has latest join the job so he has also not filled any ITR till date but he has payslips and leave approval letter. So please suggest what more documents will they ask if I give separate cover letters for all. Thanks.

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        • I’d like to note though that your parents and your brother will be at the embassy and applying with you. You’re not the only one who’s going to the embassy and apply for the whole family.

          For your father, I want you to consider the following things that may be required of him:
          If he is a retired businessman, what proof does he have of his retirement? Was he the sole owner of the business he used to manage or does he have partners in the business who are now running it for him? Is the business still existing? I think your father should present proof of the existence of the business and if he is not involved in it anymore, any documentation that would support such claim, i.e. a letter from the other managers of the business stating that he no longer works for the company and is now retired

          For both your parents, I think it would be best that they indicate in their cover letters that they are travelling so as to enjoy their savings. I think that is the main reason they should highlight in their cover letters. On the other hand, you and your brother could indicate in your cover letters that you are going with your parents to accompany them as they are not so young anymore and would rely on the guidance of their children.

          To establish rootedness in your country or the intention to go back to your country, I think it would also help for your parents to present any land titles or documents showing ownership of your house or other properties in your country. If they have investments, it will also be okay to present these. If they are receiving pension or any other social welfare support, you may also want to present those documents.

          It is understandable that your brother does not have an ITR yet as he has only recently joined the workforce. His certificate of employment should indicate the date when he started working to reflect such fact.

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        • Thanks Christine for this valuable help… Yes my family will be at the embassy and applying with me. Further, my father age is 62 he was a sole properiter businessman and shut down his business 6-7 years before.. rest all the documents which you have suggested like property papers, investments, brother appointment letter etc are available but their is no pension or retirement letter of my father’s business as such. I’d like this to put into notice that my father visited Dubai last year with my mom and I have also been to USA, Australia, UK, and Bangkok in last 3-4 years. I ve been issued USA spouse visa but after I got divorced USA embassy has revoked it. Does it made any impact for my paris trip. My father and mother both have valid USA visa till date for next 10year, but my younger brothers first time to abroad. Please suggest :)

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          • If your father still has documents pertaining to the legal existence of his business before, I think he should include these in the application to establish that there was indeed a business that he used to run as sole proprietor.

            In the application, you will be required to photocopy all of the previous passports you’ve had and all the visas that have been issued to you and your family. This will support the travel history that you will indicate in your application form.

            I think that the revocation of your US spouse visa will not have any effect on your application for the Schengen visa because it is protocol that your visa be revoked since you had a divorce. Just include documentation showing the reason for the revocation of your visa and documents showing that the court has granted you a divorce.

            As for your brother, he doesn’t really need to worry if he hasn’t been issued any visa in the past. I, myself, did not have any visas issued to me prior to my application for the Schengen visa and yet I was granted one. :)

  31. Hi,
    Thanks a lot for all the valuable information.
    I would like to know if I should provide the accommodation proofs of stay for the second and the third countries which I will be visiting. For instance – Spain is my point of entry and then is Rome and Malta. Do I need to show them the accommodation proofs of stay in Rome and Malta as well>

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  32. Hi…
    Thanks a lot for all the valuable info.

    I would like to know if it is necessary to provide the accommodation proof for the second and third countries which I will be visiting? For instance, Spain will be my point of entry and then Rome and Malta.
    I have accommodation proof for my stay in Spain but should I also submit the proofs of stay in Rome and Malta?
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Hi! Yup. It’s necessary to provide the accommodation for the other countries you’ll be visiting. In case you haven’t finalized your accommodation for the other countries, you can simply provide mock/dummy hotel bookings. You can check out my other post for mock hotel bookings: Schengen Visa Hotel Bookings. That’s completely free of charge and cancellable as well. :)

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  33. Hey Kristine,

    Thanks so much for drafting this sample letter. It really helped me save efforts n time in writing one.
    Great Work!

    - Amith

    Reply
    • You’re very much welcome Amith! I wish you well in your travels. :D

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  34. Hey!

    Thanks for the helpful info. Just one more thing — would you know if there would be a problem if I apply for a Schengen visa here in the Philippines, yet will be flying out to Europe from the US? Or is it better to apply in the US instead? I am a US Immigrant. I’ve been granted a Schengen visa 2 years ago when I studied there for 6 months so hopefully this will be hopeful?

    Thank you!

    Reply
    • Hi Maria! Where do you stay for most the year? It states in the French Embassy website that in applying for the Schengen Visa, they must apply at the embassy in the country where they reside for most the year. It’s in this link: http://www.ambafrance-ph.org/Visas,1261

      I guess the same applies for the embassies of the other Schengen states. But I am unsure about this and it will be better if you just call the embassy where you plan to lodge you application. :)

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      • Hi

        My name id Guret
        from east Africa Ethiopia and thinking to go to Spain for two weeks of Seminar. I have been last July in to Schengen area . When apply what needs to be in the cover letter?

        I already made ready all requested documents but before I go to embassy I want check with you

        Thanks for your help.
        G.

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        • Hi Guret! You should put in your cover letter that you will be going to Spain for a seminar. Include the dates and the cities in Spain that you will visit as well as the seminar invitation or memo letter showing that there really is a seminar that will be conducted in Spain.

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  35. Thanks for the sample letter.

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    • You’re welcome!

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  36. Hi Kristine! I just have a question regarding the visa. If I’m going to be staying with friends (who aren’t European citizens) at their apartment instead of booking hotels, what documents do you think I need for proof of accommodation? Do you think certificate of lodging would suffice?

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    • Hi Amy! I’m sorry but I’m not sure what kind of document to present for such a case. It’s because even if I was going to stay with a friend I still showed my hotel bookings and I did not declare that I was to stay with someone. It saved me and my friend the hassle of presenting whatever certificate it is that is required for such arrangements.

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      • thanks a lot for your blog. pls chris , tell me , how to answer no. 25 from the visa application form. i booked ticket for 87- 88 days , i wonder if I can request for a 90 day for the duration of intended stay. many thanks :)

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        • Hi Greg! You can state that you will be staying for 88 days, based on your flight dates. They will most likely issue you a 90- day visa. I stated in my application form that I was going to be in the Schengen area for 15 days based on my flight dates and yet they issued me a visa good for 20 days of stay. :)

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    • Hi Kristine im just wondering if there could be no problem if after the visa was approved and i cancelled my hotel booking since they will ask for my proof of accomodation upon arrival?what will i present to them?is it ok the dummy hotel booking even i cancelled it before my departure?thanx in advance and more power to you :)

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      • Hi Rose! Will you be staying with a relative or a friend in your destination country that is why you will cancel your hotel booking?

        I think you can still present that dummy booking you made even if you have cancelled it already because when my proof of accommodation was asked when I was going from London to Paris, the immigration person simply looked at my booking, checked the address, and then let me through. :) But then again, what I presented was a valid booking and not the dummy booking I cancelled.

        Or you can simply present the address of your relative or friend if you’ll be staying with them. Ask them to email you their address and that’s what you present to the immigration officer. But for this part, I’m not sure how it will work as I didn’t experience this.

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  37. Hey Christine,

    Thank you so much for the great help. I’ll be applying for the visa soon and hoping for a positive outcome.

    Roy

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    • Hi Roy! I’m glad to be of help. Be positive and focus well on your visa application and I’m sure your application will be approved. :) I can’t for you to see Europe! :)

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    • Hi Stephen! I hope your visa gets approved! :)

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  38. hi, in applying for a schengen visa do i need to show them visas to other countries aside from previous shengen visas granted to me? thanks

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    • Hi John! Yes, you need to show them all the other visas that have been issued to you. Remember to photocopy them for your application. :)

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      • thank you sweetheart… the word doc is a great time saver for busy bodies like me… thank you so much… xxx

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        • You’re very much welcome!! :)

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  39. Hi,

    Is it necessary to state the countries that you will be visiting apart from the main entry point?
    Will that mean that the visa granted will only be for the specified countries or will you be able to travel to some other country within the schengen states

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    • Hi Merlin. I think it is necessary to state all the Schengen countries you will be visiting apart from the country which will be your point of entry. The visa granted will be for the entire Schengen area, not by country. But you have to state all the countries within the Schengen area you will be visiting as well as the duration for each country because it will also be the basis for the duration of the visa that will be granted to you.

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  40. Hi there,

    I’ve been working in an English tutorial company and I signed a contract that I’m not a regular employee…so therefore I am not eligible for the ITR. Do you think that my pending US immigration application would be a valid support for my case?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Hi Jan. I think your immigrant application to the USA will help your visa application. It’s not actually in the list of requirements but I think it will help your case. You can also show your employment contract that states you are not a regular employee of the tutorial center you are working for. All they need to be sure of is that you will leave the Schengen area and come back to the Philippines.

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      • hello is there public parking at VFS Global? thanks much

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        • I’m not sure because I just took a cab going there.

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          • Hi FYI confirmed there is pay parking at VFS Global and I too finished under an hour! Now the wait begins :-) thanks

          • Hi does the UK Boarder Agency e-mail informing you can already pick up your passport at VFS Global also say whether your visa has been granted or denied? Thanks much

          • Nope. It does not say whether you got an approved visa or not. They simply use a template for informing applicants. They receive the passports and visas in sealed packages from the Embassy. :)

          • Hi Kristine :-) I received this email today from the UK embassy. Does this mean my visa was approved? Thanks ——- Your visa will be despatched shortly. Passports can normally be collected from the Visa Application Centre after 3 days. Applicants in Australia and New Zealand should allow 3 days before tracking their documents via the local post. UKBA-Manila Visa Hub

          • Not exactly. That’s just the same message they sent to all applicants whether they got an approved visa or not. The VFS Global office does not know if your passport inside the sealed packaged has a visa in it or none.

          • But I am really hoping you got a visa. :D Do tell me after you’ve received your passport.

          • Hi Kristine :-) I’d just like to ask what website would help me get familiarized with the train/subway system in Rome and an iphone app that helped you with it during your trip. You’re a very very big help! Thanks

          • You can check out the following sites for the metro and buses in Rome:

            http://www.rometoolkit.com/transport/rome_metro.htm

            http://www.atac.roma.it/

            The metro is very very very simple. Just two lines. And most of the tourist spots are within walking distances of the Line A of the metro. I did not have to use any app for it because it was super simple and easy to remember. :D

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