Applying For A Schengen Visa For Filipinos
Traveling around Europe is probably every Filipino’s wildest dreams.
But unfortunately for us Filipinos, the visa process is tedious and quite the expense.
However, this should not stop you from living out your European dreams! That said, we break down the application process and fill you in on what you need to know! Check it out.
NOTE: There are various types of Schengen Visas, as it will depend on the country you choose to submit your application. For this visa blog guide, we will focus primarily on tourist visas or short-stay visas. The application process for a work, student, or sponsored visa will differ.
Quick Facts About Schengen Visa
Schengen Visa covers all 26 countries and member states of the Schengen Area in Europe as listed: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lituania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Validity: short stay for up to 90 days in every 180 days
Number of Entries: Single, Double, Multiple Entry
Processing Time: 15 days but may be extended to 45
Where Should You Apply For Schengen Visa
- The country where you’re solely visiting;
- If you’re visiting several countries in the Schengen Area, apply at the country where you’ll be staying in the longest; or
- If you’re visiting several countries in the Schengen Area in equal duration, apply in the first country you are arriving.
- Where Should You Apply For Schengen Visa
You can apply as early as 3 months before your flight. This will also ensure that you have time for remonstrance if all else fails.
- Primary Requirements
NOTE: Schengen Visa requirements may vary for each embassy; however most if not all are required to submit the primary requirements listed below.
Old Passports + Photocopies of Travel Documents + passport stamps
- Respective forms for the country you are applying in can be found on their embassy website or on third-party branches such as VFS Global
- Proof of Accommodation
- Provide address, contact details and a letter from your host if you are staying with a resident in EU; or
- Dummy Ticket for your Flight Reservation
Proof of Employment
- Income Tax Report, Certificate of Employment for employed individuals
- • Business Registration documents and permits for self-employed individuals
Proof of Financial Means
- • Bank Statements (within 6 mos), Bank Certificates (within 6 mos)
- Properties acquired, cars, etc. under your name
- For those who are not paying for their travels: submit an affidavit and financial documents of your sponsor
- Travel Insurance
- You can get travel insurance through various travel agencies, and sometimes through airlines you’ve booked with Detailed Itinerary
- Create a short document of what you plan to do day-to-day in Europe•
- Include addresses, accommodation contact information, companies/agencies you’re touring with, and any cross-border travels
Schengen Visa Application Fee• The cost for an (ADULT) Schengen Visa Application is €80 (Php 4,500-Php5,000).• If you are paying at the embassy, bring the exact amount.
Cover Letter (addressed to the consul)• Though not required, it is best to still have one just in case.
- To be given along with the rest of your application requirements.• Indicate: Total number of travel days, destinations you’ll be visiting and the respective dates, purpose of travel, previous travels, and your detailed itinerary Medical Insurance
- WHAT’S THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
Select the destination you intend to get a Schengen visa from (through VFS Global) website will immediately ask you to indicate the destination you are to apply for/where you’re headed. Be sure to indicate either one of the two: (1) Country of entry or (2) Country with the longest number of travel days.
Identify your visa type and apply. Each country will vary in available visa types. For tourists, the visa code is typically listed under ‘tourist visa, visitor visa, temporary visit visit, tourism visa’
Put together the requirements for your visa application. Again, the country you are applying for may have an additional set of Schengen visa requirements. If you are applying via VFS Global and select the country you intend to apply for, you will most likely be redirected to their requirements list.
Accomplish the online application (redirected from VFS Global)Every online application will be different. If you are applying for a Schengen Visa to any of the countries mentioned above through VFS Global, you will need to dictate. Take note; you only have to apply for one Schengen visa. It is recommended to fulfil an application for the country that you are visiting first/entering or spending the longest number of days in.
Book an appointment slot. After you’ve filled out your online application, book your appointment slot through VFS Global. Take note: Some countries allow applicants to apply at least 6 months before or 3 months before the intended travel date.
Pay the application fees. Once you’ve finalized a date for your appointment, you will be asked to pay an application fee to reserve your slot., the application fee for a Schengen Visa (Adult) costs EUR80; Schengen Visa (Child 6-12 Y.O.) EUR40. This fee will not be returned if the visa has been denied.
Attend your appointment/interview.
- VFS require applicants to come in for an interview, there are several countries that go through this method. Whether you’re going in for an appointment or an interview, be sure to have all your original requirements and supplementary documents PLUS a photocopied set with you. For VFS applicants, these appointments are typically for biometrics and photo-taking. IMPORTANT: Be at the third-party branch AT LEAST 15-30 minutes before your appointment. Bring with you exact cash for the delivery of your passport and visa.
Track your application. The wait is the most agonizing bit! The processing and duration of your visa will depend on the country you apply for. If you are on a tight schedule, be sure to apply ASAP as it may take as long as 20 business days.
MY TIPS AND ADVICE:
Applying for a Schengen Visa is really quite a tedious task. You will go through a lot of nitty gritty stuffs. Just make sure to follow and comply all the needed requirements. To avoid having your visa application from getting denied, make sure you have a very convincing and detailed cover letter. Also, even if you’re travel is sponsored, you must provide your own financial documents (source of income ) showing that you are capable of traveling. Show your proof of assets showing that you are going back to the Philippines.