A Schengen visa is a short-stay visa that allows a person to travel throughout the Schengen region of Europe, which is the EU passport-free zone that covers most of the countries in Europe. This is the largest free travel in the world, with the Visa allowing people to stay up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes.
Not every application for a Schengen visa gets accepted. It is the unfortunate truth of applying for the right to travel to or visit any country for whatever reason. As such, it is important to know the ways you can make your application more palatable to the Embassy or Consulate to which you are applying.
To that end, we have created this guide to the most common reasons that Schengen visas get rejected, as compiled by various visa agencies. With no further, here they are:
1. Failing to provide sufficient proof that your trip to Europe is temporary
One of the most important things to remember is that you must never assume that the person handling your case will connect all the dots for you. It is important to assure them that you have no intention of staying in Europe past the 90 days.
To prove this, your visa agency might ask you to provide certificates of employment, titles of property, contracts stating certain obligations, and so on. The more proof you can provide the better; if the documents are original, it may even improve your chances.
2. Past or current criminal actions
Another assurance you have to make is that you have no intentions to perform any dishonest or criminal activity for the duration of your stay. The consular officer is likely to look into your criminal history to see if you might be a threat to the internal security or public wealth of the Schengen Area. If you have been charged with any violent crimes, such as terrorism, child abuse, and so on, there will certainly be a greater chance of rejection.
3. Falsifying travel documents
Attempting to falsify various documents is not just likely to get your application rejected, it might even get you banned from applying again for the foreseeable future. This includes trying to misrepresent your identity, attempting to falsify or misrepresent the reasons for your stay, and so on. Have a visa agency look over your application so that there is not even a hint of misrepresentation in your application, as even just the perception of it might earn you a rejection.
4. Not providing a sufficient explanation for your visit
The Schengen visa can cover work purposes; as such, it is important to provide a satisfactory explanation for your work purposes. You must prove your professional qualifications, and provide letters (that have letterheads and are properly signed) of confirmation for whatever business organizations and entities you are set to interact with on your trip. Your visa application must also be in accordance with your travel itinerary.
5. Insufficient means
One of the most important things you have to prove is that you have the means to stay and travel in the Schengen area. In essence, you must be able to prove that you have enough money with you. This can be provided through financial statements, credit card statements, and so on. Tax statements are also useful in this regard.
For whatever reason you might be travelling, it is important to do everything you can to make your application more acceptable to embassies and consulates alike. That way, you can minimize the risk of rejection, and work without a worry in Europe or even travel as a tourist without problems.
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