what is a Schengen visa?
A Schengen visa means a short stay or transit of more than 90 days in any 180-day period through the Schengen area.
A visa issued by a Schengen state is valid to travel to any Schengen state, but you will need to apply for a visa from the country of your main destination.
If you are traveling to several Schengen states, none of which will be your main destination, then you need to apply for a visa from the country you will first enter.
There are 26 European countries that have signed the Schengen Agreement. With this visa, tourists can travel and stay for up to 90 days in European countries for tourism and business purposes. It is the largest free travel area in the whole world.
A visa is provided, which you intend to leave the Schengen area before the visa expires. In addition, you must have adequate means of subsistence for the duration of your stay and submit relevant supporting documents. A Schengen visa does not automatically allow its holder to enter the Schengen area.
Schengen member states are 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.
Working and studying on Schengen Visa
Some countries may issue a Category National Schengen Visa, which allows the holder to work in that country (but not other countries in the Schengen area). However, in practice, it is easy for these countries to obtain non-Schengen work permits.
Highly skilled teachers, academics, and researchers,
Some other highly skilled professionals
Travel across Europe with a Schengen visa
Schengen visas must be obtained from the consulate of the member country where a visitor plans to enter the Schengen zone and is likely to spend most of their time.
It is possible to obtain a Schengen visa through the consulate of a Schengen country, enter that country, and then immediately travel to another Schengen country and spend most of your time there.
However, countries that pay attention to this practice may reject a Schengen application in the future for people who feel they are at risk of misusing the intent of a Schengen visa.
Each signature of the Schengen Agreement may decide to grant or reject an application to a person based on that person’s historical record of behavior and travel to another member country.
Single, double, and multiple-entry visas
The single-entry Schengen visa allows the holder to enter a single Schengen country once. After leaving the country the visa expires regardless of any other factors, such as the time spent on the visa.
A double-entry Schengen visa allows the holder to enter the Schengen country twice but expires after leaving the country a second time.
A multi-entry Schengen visa allows the holder to enter the country that issued the visa to you, and then travel freely to all Schengen countries until the visa expires.
How to apply for a visa to enter Europe?
To apply for a trip to Europe for a Schengen visa, you must first find out whether you need one based on your purpose of travel and nationality.
If you do, you will need to put together your travel plans, how many days you plan to travel to the zone, the countries you are going to travel to (if there is more than one), the country where You are going to enter, and the country you are about to exit.
Fill the Schengen Visa Application Form
Complete the application form online and carefully, print it twice, and sign at the end. The form has questions for basic information like your name, date of birth, country of birth, passport number, and nationality.
You will also have to answer questions regarding your trip, such as how long you plan to stay in each country where you are staying, etc.
Schengen visa required and eligibility
visa application form. Completely complete and signed.
Two recent photos must be attached. Both photos must be taken within the last three months as per visa photo requirements.
A valid passport.
Round trip reservation or itinerary. This should include dates and flight numbers that specify entry and exit from the Schengen area.
Travel Insurance Policy.
Proof of accommodation. A document that shows where you will stay during your entire stay in Schengen.
Invitation letter from a host whose home you will be staying at.
Proof of financial instruments. Evidence that you have enough money to financially support yourself during your stay in Schengen. It can be one of the following:
Bank Account Statement – It shows that you have enough money in your account for travel. The statement shall not be older than 3 months.
Sponsorship letter – Confirmed by another person that they will financially support your visit to Schengen.
Your bank account details and sponsorship letter.
Proof of paid visa fee. The cost is € 80 for adults and € 45 for children 6 to 12 years old.
How long before applying for a Schengen visa
Please note that applications cannot be made more than six months before the commencement of the intended journey (nine months for seafarers).
Can I travel to more than one member country with the same Schengen visa?
Yes, once you are issued a visa you can travel within the Schengen zone until you exceed the time limit given to your visa.
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