About 7 million Indians visited Europe in 2016 to become the 6th largest visitor to Europe .That number is expected to grow upto 15 million in 2020. Needless to say, Europe is a premier dream destination for Indians to travel and with most of us getting influenced by the grandeur of our movies depicting wonderful locations in Europe, the demand for Schengen visa for Indian passport holders will anything but dwindle.
What are the foremost steps to consider while applying for Schengen visa?
Confirm that your citizenship needs you to get a Schengen visa. Many countries can visit Europe without a visa.
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Do you have all your original documents for the consulate to examine during your visa application process?
Make sure to be present at the consulate on your confirmed visa appointment date to get your Schengen visa processed.
What is Schengen visa fees for Indians ?
If you are applying with VFS, then there is a processing fee of Rs.1476/- that you will need to pay with VFS and this amount needs to be payed in cash. So make sure you have the above amount in cash since they don’t accept cards.
But there are other alternate costs for Schengen visa especially if you do not want to make flight & hotel bookings in advance since you are not guaranteed of visa .
Duly filled Schengen visa application form – You can download the ebook by clicking the image above which contains step by step video instructions to fill your Schengen visa.
Update : You can now fill the entire Schengen visa application online and take a print out if it . See our blog post on how to fill your Schengen visa application online. No need to run around for a pen, no need to worry about typos.
Passport with at least two blank pages and valid for at least three months.If you have an old passport, then even that needs to be submitted along with the application.If you are a minor then the application must be filled and signed by both the parents along with photo copies of parent’s passports.
Two photographs as per the spec mentioned by photo specification for visa application.
Personal Covering letter from the applicant explaining in detail the purpose of the visit.This needs to explain in detail your entire travel itinerary, all the documents that you have submitted in order addressing the Embassy in your area.
A medical insurance with a minimum cover of €30,000 . See our article to get the best travel insurance for Schengen visa
A confirmed Flight itinerary or reservation for Schengen visa A flight ticket need not be booked in advance for a visa. Once the visa is confirmed then a flight ticket may be purchased.Flight itinerary is a safer way of submitting a visa application without buying an actual flight ticket which is expensive if your visa is refused.
Proof of accommodation such as hotel bookings We would not suggest you to make your hotel reservations before your visa is approved. We have seen many customers who make all the bookings thinking they can cancel them once they get their visa only for the visa process to be delayed resulting in huge cancellation fees.
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Proof of sustenance (either as bank statements travel cards, credit cards) to show that you can sustain yourself financially when you are in Europe.
If your parents are sponsoring your trip, then you will need to show their bank statements along with a letter stating that they are sponsoring your entire trip and sign on all then bank statements.
If you are employed:
- Employment contract or your latest 4 months salary slips.
- Current bank statement of the latest 6 months
- No objection/Leave permission letter from employer (download template from ebook).
- Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary
If you are self-employed/running a business:
- A copy of your business license
- Company bank statement of the latest 6 months
- Income Tax Return (ITR)
If a you are a student:
- Proof of enrollment
- No-objection certificate from school or university (also from parents)
- Pension statement of the latest 6 months
- Regular income generated by property proof of the latest 6 months
Other then the above general documents, depending on your purpose of visit a few additional documents should be obtained