The Schengen territory consists of a group of countries in Europe which do not require separate visas for entry into the country. The area is named after the town of Schengen which is in Luxembourg, as this agreement was signed there in 1985. 26 member countries make up the Schengen territory out of which there are 22 EU members and 4 non EU members. These are very beautiful countries to visit and a perfect place for honeymoon. If you plan on applying for the Schengen visa from Saudi Arabia, here are a few tips to consider. Also Read: Procedure to Apply for Schengen Visa from Saudi Arabia
Tips on Applying for Schengen Visa from Saudi Arabia
Firstly the application form should be downloaded and filled carefully according to whichever category you fall into. The categories are described below;
- Category A: this deals with airport visas for those who are not staying in Schengen area or are just passing through on a transit flight.
- Category B: this category offers 5 day visas for those people who are travelling between Non Schengen countries so that they may visit the Schengen area as well.
- Category C: this category is for those who plan on staying less than three months. In these 90 days people can travel to all Schengen countries.
- Category D: this is the national visa and is required when travelling from non-Schengen to Schengen countries. For instance if a student wants to go for higher studies and requires visa of this category, they would have to arrange residency in the country before travelling to other Schengen countries.
Documents Required to Apply for Schengen Visa from Saudi Arabia
These documents are required along with Schengen application so always submit them along with your application;
- Valid Passport or National Identity Card
- Copy of Iqama (Residence Permit)
- Copy of Iqama of all your family members if you are applying with your family (However, it is important to mention here that your name must be there on the residence permits of the family members as sponsor)
- Any evidence which may show your purpose for the visit(This may include hotel reservations or a letter from the company in the Schengen area if you are going on a business trip.)
- Bank statement or any other financial statement which clearly shows that you can support yourself in the country(This may be a copy of your statement of balance or your passbook of the bank.)
- Proof of European Schengen travel insurance
- Exit Re-Entry Visa
- Letter of Introduction from Sponsor mentioning your name, designation (as per Iqama), date of joining, total package and Iqama number. Letter must be authorized by the Chamber of Commerce. Some Important Points about Attestation from Chamber of Commerce are listed here.
Tips for First Timers to Apply for Schengen Visa from Saudi Arabia
For the first time applicants it is important to remember that 1 in 17 visa applications are rejected, however your chances of rejection can be reduced by following these tips and guideline;
- Complete honesty should be employed while filling out the form. At the end of the form you are supposed to sign which means you agree to whatever has been written by you on the application.
- It is best to fill out the form yourself so that you can answer any questions during the interview.
- Visa applications should be submitted at least 3 months before you intend to travel.
- Some embassies like the Belgian and Finnish embassies have a very low rate of rejection and applicants should apply to these embassies rather than the other ones. You should also apply to the embassy of the country you intend on staying the longest.
- The balance in the bank statement should not be less than 10,000 Euros at any point of time. It is also important to ensure that you are not receiving any transfers into your bank account apart from your salary or legal income. It may give them an impression that you have another source of income which you have not disclosed. If you have such transfers into your bank account, you can write small notes on the face of bank statement with led pencil explaining the nature and reason of transfer.