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If you are a national of one of the Schengen countries, you can enter the Europe zone without applying for a visa.
However, citizens of certain countries need to get a Schengen Visa to travel through this area. First, you should check if you need this permit and, in that case, which visa type is most suitable for you.
When you are ready to apply, you must make sure that you already have all the documents needed to support your request. If you have further doubts about your Europe Visa application process, in this guide you can find all the information that you need.
If you want to discuss your eligibility or your case with one of our immigration experts, you can get in touch with us today.
Depending on the purpose of your travel, you may need a different Schengen Visa type to enter the Area. You can apply for one of the following:
A Schengen Visa only allows you a short stay in the area. If you want to travel to one of the Schengen countries to study, work, or settle, you need to apply for a national visa for that specific state.
Your country of destination may have a dedicated regulation about visa submissions. Usually, you must file your application at the embassy, consulate or visa centre of your destination country.
If you are going to visit more than one country, you can either:
You can submit your application for a Schengen Visa no more than three months before you wish to depart for EU. You should always consider national holidays and other circumstances that may delay your application.
If you hold a multiple-entry Schengen Visa, you need to apply for a new permit before your authorised stay expires. For this reason, it is usually recommended to submit your application form at least three weeks before your trip.
Travellers who are already in the Schengen Area and wish to extend their stay, can apply for a permit renewal. Nevertheless, this is most likely to be granted only in a few exceptional circumstances.
Once you have downloaded the most updated version of the Schengen Visa application, you need to complete it correctly. There is only one single form, which format is valid for every Schengen country.
The form includes the following sections:
Along with your Schengen Visa application form, you must submit the following documents:
When you apply for a Schengen Visa, you must provide adequate evidence of your travel purposes. If you fail to attach your supporting records, your application will automatically be invalid.
To this end, you can provide the following Schengen Visa documents:
If you under the age of 18, you must provide a letter of consent from your parents or legal guardian, including a copy of their passports. The same applies if you are an adult travelling with dependants.
Do not forget that there may be visa-specific conditions for each visa type. In addition, some of the Schengen countries have further requirements for applicants.
When you submit your Schengen Visa application, you also need to book an appointment for your interview. This usually takes places at a visa consulate or embassy.
At this stage of your application, you will be asked questions about your background and travelling purposes. The information that you provide at this time must comply with the details you included in your form.
The interview usually lasts no longer than 15 minutes, and it allows the consular officers to inquire further about your trip.
When planning your trip to Europe, you may only want to focus on booking and planning your journey. On the other hand, it is essential to fill your Schengen Visa application out correctly. Otherwise, your permit will not be granted, and you will not be able to cross the border.
For this reason, it is recommended to seek expert advice. At IAS, our advisers understand the importance of planning your journey without the stress of worrying about your visa.
One of our lawyers will be happy to help you gather your supporting document and subsequently file a successful application.
Get in touch today to learn more about our bespoke service and let us help you plan your perfect trip to Europe.
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