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C-Type or Short-term visa is being granted by countries (26 as of now) covered under Schengen Agreement, which allows its holder to visit the Schengen countries area for a specified period of time depending on the visa stay and validity. Unless specifically specified over the VISA, holder of C-Type VISA can travel across within Schengen countries without undergoing procedure of immigration at intermediate country borders.
Single entry Schengen visa allows its holder to enter a Schengen area only once for the certain period of time. Schengen Area means 26 countries. Applicant can move from one Schengen country to another (within Schengen region) but once he or she will leave Schengen Area, he/ she cannot enter the Schengen area again.

Example: Once entered France, you can move to Belgium, Switzerland or any other Schengen country. But if you move to Croatia (non-Schengen country), you cannot enter Schengen area again.

While, multiple entry Schengen visa allows its holder to enter and exit Schengen area multiple times within the given validity of VISA.
Yes, the Schengen area consists of 26 European countries. Once you have a valid Schengen visa, you can travel through all Schengen countries. Single entry refers to the fact that once you entered Schengen area, you can roam within the Schengen region – 26 countries. However, once you exit from any of Schengen country to non-Schengen country you cannot enter Schengen region again with the Single Entry VISA.
2 Years Schengen VISA means you can stay max 3 months per every 6 months period. On Schengen visa of say 2 years, it is being mentioned that Stay period is 90 days because as per Schengen VISA guidelines, only 90 days stay permitted per 180 days. That means for every 6 months lap, you can stay there maximum for 90 days. In total you can stay there for total 360 days on 2 years Schengen VISA but stay must be maximum 90 days per 180 days.
The Schengen countries are a group of European countries between which border controls (for immigration purpose) have been abolished. The Schengen area covers 26 countries (‘Schengen states’): Austria, Belgium, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
To understand how to read Schengen visa information like Valid for, Valid from, Type of VISA, date of issue, Stay, Validity, Single/ Multiple Entry etc. please refer the link here
VISA Application Form for all Schengen countries is not same. However, the basic information required in the Form for all 26 countries is same. The last page of VISA Form (having disclaimer/ instructions) having the address of Immigration Department of that respective country to which VISA application is being submitted.
The Schengen visa application form is free of cost and can be downloaded from the internet. However, while downloading the Form, you must make sure that you have searched and subsequently downloaded the VISA application form for the country to which you are going to submit your application. VISA application form of all Schengen country requires for same information but the last page of Form is different for each Schengen country.
To understand how to read Schengen VISA and for sample images of Schengen VISA, Please refer the link here
Bio-metric is the technological and scientific authentication method based on biology and used in information assurance (IA). As of 2nd November 2015, all the visa application will be required to provide their biometric data (fingerprints) when applying for Schengen visa. It is normally a simply procedure that only takes a few minutes. Exemptions from the finger printing requirements are provided for a limited numbers of applicants, including children under the age of 12 and for the person who is not physically fit for the bio-metric and also for person who have given Bio-metric after 02.11.2015 and got Schengen VISA approved that time. (and subsequently no rejection for any Schengen VISA).
Exemptions from the finger printing requirements are provided for a limited numbers of applicants, including children under the age of 12 and for the person who is not physically fit for the bio-metric and also for person who have given Bio-metric after 02.11.2015 and got Schengen VISA approved that time. (and subsequently having no rejection for any Schengen VISA).
When applying for Schengen visa, you need to first take appointment to appear for Bio-metric and to submit your VISA application along with other documents. Normally appointments are available with a gap of say 5 to 6 days (depending upon Travel season rush). You will need to make a prior appointment for Schengen visa process. The visa appointment is necessary for the processing of application for applying short term visa (Schengen visa). For most of the Schengen countries, appointment process is online.
If you are applying for the short term Schengen tourist visa, you do not need to give an interview during the submission of your VISA application. Submission is either to BLS/VFS or any other collection centre which are mostly having administrative type of job. However, once documents being received by Embassy, to verify the credentials, Embassy under its own discretion may call the applicant for an Interview.
Two recent colored photographs would be required. Photo should be in (35mm*45mm) in size, on white background. The photo should not be older than 6 months. The applicant should be looking straight at the camera. Head should take 70-80% of the photo. Note: avoid uniforms or color matching the background.
The documents required for Schengen VISA are:
  • A valid passport
  • 2 recent colored photograph
  • Professional credentials- if you are employed, NOC from the employer, 3 months’ salary slips or pay slip, ID card of the company.
  • If you are self-employed- registration proof or GST proof, letter head.
  • If you are retired- some retirement proof from the employer. (For example: letter from the company, bank statement which shows pension amount.)
  • If you are a student- NOC from the school/college, ID card, consent letter from the one of the parent.
  • Financial credentials- 6 months bank statement (verified by bank), at least 3 year of ITR. In additional, you can provide your others liquid funds. I.e. fixed deposits and travel medical insurance.
  • Others- Air tickets and hotel booking are necessary for Schengen visa application ( inviter documents, in case of invitation)
For the Schengen VISA, if the applicant is retired, he/she needs to provide some proof regarding retirement/previous (last) employment. For example- relieving letter from the last employer, PP (Pension payment order), 3 Months Bank statement (duly verified by bank) which reflects pension amount.
As per Schengen visa requirement, if applicant is employed, some proof regarding the job would be required. Applicant need to provide NOC from the employer, ID card of the company, 3 months’ salary/ pay slip. Further, Bank account must reflect the monthly credit of Salary.
If the applicant is student (School/ college), and financially dependent on parents/ guardians, applicant need to submit following documents:
  • From Parents/ Guardian: Sponsorship Letter, Consent letter, Bank statement verified from Bank, ITR, Professional and Financial credentials.
  • From Educational Institute: Leave approval letter, ID card copy.
If the applicant is homemaker/ Housewife, and financially dependent on spouse, applicant needs to submit Sponsorship Letter, Bank statement verified from Bank, ITR, Professional and Financial credentials of spouse.
If the applicant is un-employed, and financially dependent on others, he needs to submit sponsorship letter from person who is willing to sponsor him (parents/ friend/ relative). However, it needs to be diligently present the reason of um-employment and also why somebody else is ready to sponsor the applicant. A student or freelancer is not being treated under un-employed category.
If the applicant is a Freelancer, he or she needs to provide evidence of freelance work he/she is doing, together with source of income. He needs to establish that he is financially independent and have regular source of income. Applicant`s Bank statement, ITR, any Work order etc. need to be furnished along with Schengen VISA application.
For Schengen VISA, there are no such guidelines for a specific amount. However, following points must be noted:
  • Must have sufficient balance to meet the basic expenses post return from Schengen Trip.
  • Account must have genuine transactions (reflecting day to day financials expenses and income).
  • Any sudden Credit in Bank account must be explicitly explained in the Schengen VISA application covering Letter.
There is no minimum or maximum amount limitation. We have processed many successful Schengen VISA cases with applicant`s bank account having balance even less than INR 1 Lac but have genuine transactions, regular flow of income and a sound professional credentials.
NOC or “No Objection certificate” for Schengen VISA can be defined as follows:
  • NOC from Company (employed case): NOC letter is being issued from Company approving Leave for applicant for specific dates of travel, designation and Employee code. Further name and designation of approving authority along with contact number and e-mail id of company must be clearly mentioned on the NOC. NOC must be over company letterhead.
  • NOC from School/ College (Student case): NOC letter is being issued from School/ College approving Leave for applicant for specific dates of travel, course being undertaken by student, his/ her roll number. Further name and designation of approving authority along with contact number and e-mail id of educational institute must be clearly mentioned over the NOC. NOC must be on School/ College letterhead.
  • NOC from parents: In case of alone (or with single parent) travel of a dependent child, a NOC letter is being issued by parent(s) clearing mentioning their (his/ her) consent in travelling of dependent child. Name of parent(s), mobile number and e-mail ID must be mentioned over the letter. It can be on plain A4 size paper.
As per Schengen VISA documents guidelines, a travel Overseas Travel Insurance valid for all Schengen-countries is a must requirement. The insurance has to cover the applicant for at least 30,000 Euros or 50,000 USD, for all risks e.g. accident, illness, medical emergency evacuation etc. The policy has to clearly specify the period of validity and has to cover the entire duration of the trip including the date of arrival & departure. We are offering up to 20% discount over the premium amount if the Travel Insurance shall be booked through Flyjos customer care.
With Schengen VISA application, a travel Overseas Travel Insurance to cover the applicant for at least 30,000 Euros or 50,000 USD (valid for all Schengen-countries) is a must requirement. Tentative cost of travel insurance:
  • INR 650 per person for up to 7 days
  • INR 850 per person for up to 14 days
  • INR 1000 per person for up to 21 days
  • INR 1450 per family (2 Adults + 2 kids) for up to 7 days
We are offering up to 20% discount over the premium amount if the Travel Insurance shall be booked through Flyjos customer care.
If the applicant is planning to visit two or more Schengen countries, the VISA application need to be applied as per following rule: Visiting One Country: The VISA application must be submitted to that Country`s Embassy/ Consulate only. Visiting more than One Country (Unequal Stay days):The VISA application to be submitted to Embassy/ Consulate of country where maximum stay (no. of days) is being planned. Visiting more than One Country (Equal Stay days):They VISA application to be submitted to Embassy/ Consulate of country where you will enter First. Stay more than 90 Days: It shall be D-Type VISA and rules/ regulation shall be as prescribed by Specific Country. Moreover, it shall not be a Schengen VISA. It shall be a country specific VISA only.

Where to apply?
Schengen VISA is common to all Schengen Countries, However, you need to approach specific country as per your travel requirement
Visiting One Country: The VISA application must be submitted to that Country`s Embassy/ Consulate only.
Visiting more than One Country (Unequal Stay days):The VISA application to be submitted to Embassy/ Consulate of country where maximum stay (no. of days) is being planned.
Visiting more than One Country (Equal Stay days):They VISA application to be submitted to Embassy/ Consulate of country where you will enter First.
Stay more than 90 Days: It shall be D-Type VISA and rules/ regulation shall be as prescribed by Specific Country. Moreover, It shall not be a Schengen VISA. It shall be a country specific VISA only.
The process of Schengen VISA application is as follows: 1. Decide your trip Itinerary (including number of countries and for how many days per country). 2. Based on applicable country (based on Itinerary xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx), take the appointment. 3. Prepare all the documents (xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) as per Schengen VISA guidelines. 4. Appear for Bio-metric on the date and time of appointment. 5. Pay the Embassy fee (xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) 6. Submit the VISA application. 7. Applicant can keep a track on the status by tracking code mentioned over the Submission receipt. 8. Once the VISA application processed by respective Embassy/ consulate, collect the passport back from centre where you had submitted it. To understand the complete process, please refer the link xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Schengen Visa should be applied 2-3 weeks prior to the planned trip. It has been observed that Consulate taking on an average 15-20 total days (including weekend holidays) to process the Schengen VISA application. However based on previous Travel history, earlier approved VISA of same consulate, good professional and Financial Credentials etc., some applicants got their VISA in 4 to 5 days.
Schengen VISA fee is EUR 60 (approx. INR 4,800) for adults and EUR 35 (approx. INR 2,682) for children between 6 to 12 years old. For children below 6 years, VISA fee is exempted. Visa fee is variable based on euro exchange rate. In addition a processing fee varies between INR 1000 to INR 1600 (based on country of VISA application) is being charged by VFS/ BLS/ Collection centre per applicant (including for child less than 6 years).
Schengen visa application broadly required of 4 types of documents.
  • 1st: Passport and 2 recent colored photographs.
  • 2nd: Professional details – If Employed (Employment details, ID card, Salary Slip, NOC etc.), If Self-employed (Company registration, GST, COI etc.), if Student (College ID, Leave approval, NOC etc.), If retired (Retirement proof, Pension proof etc.)
  • 3rd: Financial credentials: Savings Account statement, Current account statement, FD/ RD, Other savings documents etc. (As applicable – based on professional status).
  • 4th: Other documents – Travel Insurance, Confirmed air tickets and hotel booking with travel itinerary, Invitation Letter (in case of invitation) etc.
  • If you are employed, company NOC to leave, applicant ID card of the company, 3month salary slip/pay slip, 6 months bank statement would be required.
  • If you are self-employed, GST proof/registration proof, income tax return of 3 years, 6 months bank statement.
  • If student, ID card of school/university, leave approval letter from school/university.
  • If retired, pension statement of at least 6 months. If not covered in pension, then proof of sufficient savings in Bank account.
NOC is the “no objection certificate” being issued either by Company or Educational Institute if the Schengen VISA applicant is either Employee or Student respectively. NOC states that the issuing authority doesn`t have any objection in the travel of applicant. Further, NOC must have some basic details like:
  • If the applicant is employed- Name, Designation, Period of Leave approved, who shall bear expenses.
  • If applicant is student- Class, Course, Roll no and Period of Leave approved.
02 passport size photos are required. Photo specification: 35 by 45mm (width x height) with white background. The photo must be recent, not older than six months. Head should take 70-80% of the photo. The applicant should be looking straight at the camera.
No, In that case, you have to renew your passport. Passport must be valid at least 3 months after the scheduled return.
If the applicant is planning to visit two or more Schengen countries, the VISA application need to be applied as per following rule:
  • Visiting One Country: The VISA application must be submitted to that Country`s Embassy/ Consulate only.
  • Visiting more than One Country (Unequal Stay days):The VISA application to be submitted to Embassy/ Consulate of country where maximum stay (no. of days) is being planned.
  • Visiting more than One Country (Equal Stay days):They VISA application to be submitted to Embassy/ Consulate of country where you will enter First.
  • Stay more than 90 Days: It shall be D-Type VISA and rules/ regulation shall be as prescribed by Specific Country. Moreover, it shall not be a Schengen VISA. It shall be a country specific VISA only.
  • Generally, it takes 12-15 working days (18-20 total days) after submission. However, it has been observed that based on previous travel history, Travel season rush and country to which application is being made; processing time varies from total 5 days to 20 days.
    If visa applicant is a student (Minor), one of the parents, family member or close friend can sponsor the proposed trip. In that case, the person who is sponsoring your trip needs to provide his/ her consent letter and Sponsorship letter and Personal bank statement (of 3 months) verified by bank.
    There are 26 countries following Schengen VISA agreement: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
    Visa application can be lodged by up to 3 months prior to the date of Travel. It is advisable to lodge an application at least 30-35 calendar days before the intended visit. Normally it takes maximum 20-22 days to process the visa application. This processing time varies from country to country and depending upon travel period season.
    No. A long stay visa or a residence permit issued by a Schengen State allows you to travel or stay in other Schengen States, while respecting the maximum duration of a “short stay (a stay of "90 days in any 180 day period.)
    In that case, he/she need to provide some proof regarding your job. For example: he/she can submit personal bank statement which must reflect credit of his/her monthly salary in the account.
    Yes, it is highly advisable to enclose the old passport with VISA application. In some of the Schengen country, it has been made mandatory to enclosed old passport with the Schengen visa application.
    Yes, still you can take NOC from employer on their Letterhead. It is recommended that contact details and address must be mentioned on that Letterhead of the company and Letter must be duly signed and Stamped.
    As per Schengen tourist visa requirements, flights tickets/ flight reservation and hotel booking needs to be submitted along with other documents for Schengen tourist application.
    Yes, valid travel insurance of USD 50,000 or EURO 30,000 has been mandatory for visa application for Schengen countries. The visa applicant must have valid travel insurance policy at the time for visa application. The insurance has to cover the entire stay in Schengen territory.
    The Schengen visa allows the applicant to a total stay of up to 90 days with in a period of 6 months for tourist or business purpose. In case if you get a multiple entry Schengen visa, you may leave and return any number of times within the 180 days period.
    Yes, each time when you apply for Schengen visa application, it is viewed as a fresh application. When your visa is rejected, reason must be mentioned over rejection note. While re-applying, reply for earlier queries/ rejection and justification for this new application must be explicitly defined over the cover letter.
    In case of retirement, you need to provide proof of retirement along with other documents. For example: letter from the employer on their letter head, pension payment order (PPO), bank statement which reflects pension amount etc.
    Yes, as per embassy rule, ITR is one of the mandatory documents need to be submitted for Schengen VISA application. Based on country for which VISA is being applied, 2 years/ 3 years ITR is mandatory.
    If the applicant is under 18 years old and travelling alone, written consent letter of both parents/ legal guardian, certified by public notary would be required.
    While applying again for Schengen VISA, detailed explanation about earlier queries/ rejection along with justification for this new VISA application must be submitted with VISA application.

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