Getting a Schengen visa can be a pain in the ass.A lot of Filipinos can relate to the agony that i felt while waiting for my visa.It took me 4 weeks to receive my visa due to the EID Holidays in the UAE. Here’s how to process your visa and the preparation that you need.
There are 28 countries that are under the European Union. You can check the countries below.
Member states of the EU (year of entry)
- Belgium (1958)
- Bulgaria (2007)
- Cyprus (2004)
- Croatia (2013)
Czech Republic (2004)
- Denmark (1973)
- Estonia (2004)
- Finland (1995)
- France (1958)
- Germany (1958)
- Greece (1981)
- Hungary (2004)
- Ireland (1973)
- Italy (1958)
You can travel to all these countries with only one valid visa.
WHEN TO APPLY?
I suggest that you apply 3 months before your departure date to avoid the hassles and worries.I processed my own visa a month before my departure. I had to hire an agent to do the processing for me because i ran out of appointment slots ( schedule date that you need to book for you to submit your documents and your biometrics/fingerprints ). Make sure to check the website of the country where you will process your visa.
- Fully accomplished and signed application form.Here’s the link for the form http://www.immihelp.com/visas/schengenvisa/application_form_english.pdf
- Valid passport (valid at least 6 months from the date of travel)
- Passport-sized photos in white background (tell the personnel of your favorite photoshop that it’s for the Schengen Visa)
- Passport photocopy
- Emirates ID photocopy
- NOC ( No Objection Certificate)
- Salary Certificate
- Travel Insurance
- Bank Statement with bank stamp (3 months)
- Round trip ticket reservation
- Hotel reservation with contact details i.e telephone number and email address and complete address
Don’t worry too much about your bank statement if you don’t have that much money in your account. When i applied for my visa, the amount that was on my bank account was only 800aed (Php 8,000).The money that i deposited two days before i requested my bank statement did not reflect on the printed statement.However, you need to make sure that the salary stated in your certificate should reflect in your bank statement for 3 months, it should be an active account (with incoming and outgoing transaction).Maybe i was just lucky enough that they did not t look into mybank statement that much.
HOW MUCH IS THE COST FOR VISA AND WHERE TO APPLY?
The visa will cost you 60 euros but I spent almost 200 euros or 1000aed (Php10,000 more or less) because as i mentioned above that i ran out of an appointment slot thinking that i can have the appointment at any time. You can apply for your visa at the Embassy of your point of entry or to the country where you will be staying the longest.Note that there are some embassies that may require an interview. You will only need to bring all the complete requirements and do the biometrics at the Embassy.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE SCHENGEN VISA TO BE RELEASE AND WHAT IF I’LL GET DENIED?
Some visas will only take 7 workings days, some will take up to 15 working days.Don’t count weekends and Holiday’s.If you’re denied, you can file for an appeal within 30 days. There’s no guaranteed that you will get the visa.
Here’s how the visa looks like.
Good luck on chasing your dream