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Tourist Schengen Visa – Traveling to Europe for Tourism

A Tourist Schengen Visa permits third-country nationals enter into the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days within a 6-month period, under the purpose of traveling or visiting Europe for pleasure.

Who needs a Tourist Schengen Visa When Traveling to Europe for Tourism?

Non-European citizens willing to travel to Europe for tourism purpose might be required to apply for a short-term Schengen visa under “tourist” specification.

You need to apply for a Schengen Tourist Visa if your nationality is on the list of countries whose nationals need a Schengen short-stay visa.

What Documents are Required When Applying for a Tourist Schengen Visa?

When applying for a Tourist Schengen Visa, you must submit the following documents:

  • Visa application form. Fully completed with correct information, printed and signed at the end.
  • Two recent photos. Taken within the last three months, in compliance with the Schengen visa photo criteria.
  • Valid passport. No older than ten years and with a minimum validity of three months beyond your planned stay in Schengen. It must have at least two blank pages in order to be able to affix the visa sticker.
  • Roundtrip reservation or itinerary. A document that includes dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from the Schengen area. Find out how to get flight reservation for tourist visa application.
  • Travel Health Insurance. Evidence that you have purchased health insurance that covers medical emergencies with a minimum of €30,000, for your whole period of stay. The Insurance policy can easily be purchased online from Europ Assistance or AXA Schengen.
  • Proof of accommodation. Evidence that shows where you will be staying throughout your time in Schengen. This could be a:
    • Hotel/hostel booking. With name, complete address, phone and e-mail, for the entire time you will be in the Schengen area.
    • Rent agreement. If you have rented a place, in the country you will be staying.
  • Letter of tour organizer. If you will be traveling with a tour agency.
  • Proof of financial means. Evidence that shows you have enough money to support yourself throughout your stay in Schengen. This could be a:
    • Bank account statement.
    • Sponsorship Letter. When another person will be financially sponsoring your trip to the Schengen Zone. It is also often called as an Affidavit of Support.
    • A combination of both.
  • Evidence of employment status.
    • If employed:
      • Employment contract,
      • Leave permission from the employer
      • Income Tax Return
    • If self-employed:
      • A copy of your business license,
      • Company’s bank statement of the latest 6 months
      • Income Tax Return (ITR)
    • If a student:
      • Proof of enrollment &
      • No Objection Letter from University
  • Travel Itinerary. A description of your trip to Europe, your purpose of travelling, which places are you going to visit in Europe, the time frame and all the personal data.
  • For Minors:
    • Either birth certificate / proof of adoption / custody decree if parents are divorced / death certificate of parent
    • Letter of consent from parents, including passport copies of both parents/ legal guardian
Where to Submit the Tourist Schengen Visa Application?

You will have to lodge your Tourist Schengen Visa application at the embassy / consulate / visa center of your main destination in the Schengen Area.

By main destination, we mean:

  • When visiting only one Schengen state, submit your application at the embassy / consulate / visa center of that country.
  • When visiting more than two Schengen states, submit your application at the embassy / consulate / visa center of the country:
    • In which you will be spending more days
    • In which you will step in first, since you plan to spend an equal amount of days in each.

Pay attention to how the authorities of your main destination have regulated visa submission in your country. In bigger countries, visa submission is regulated through jurisdictions. Make sure to apply at the embassy, consulate or visa center of your destination country, under the jurisdiction of which the area where you live falls.

How to Apply for a Tourist Schengen Visa?

To complete your Tourist Schengen visa application successfully, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you qualify for a Tourist Schengen Visa. Due to the fact that there are a several Schengen visa types, you must make sure that the visa you need is this one.
  2. Find out where you need to apply.
  3. Figure out the best time to lodge your tourist visa application.
  4. Collect the required documents for a Tourist Schengen Visa.
  5. Make an appointment at the embassy of your destination country. You may have to make this appointment online or in-person at the embassy / consulate / visa center.
  6. Attend the visa interview.
  7. Pay the tourist visa fee.
  8. Wait for a response on your visa application.
When to Apply for a Tourist Schengen Visa?

Submit your Tourist Schengen Visa application at least 15 calendar days prior to your planned journey to the Schengen Area. This is the latest you can file your application. On the other hand, the earliest you can apply for a Tourist visa to the Schengen Zone, is three months before your trip.

How long does it take to receive the visa?

It is advisable to apply for a Schengen Tourist Visa at least 2 weeks prior to the planned trip. The Embassy Consulate will then reply in 10 working days as common (or less as usually occurs), the time taken to proceed all the documentation and the travelers request. Depending on the situation, proceeding time might take up to two months if there is something extraordinary with the individual case or any unusual political situation is on the go.

How long is the visa valid for?

Tourist visa is commonly valid for stays no more than 90 days. If you will be traveling a lot and not only in one Schengen country it’s recommendable to fill in the “multiple entry” gap in the application form. This way you will be able to enter and leave Schengen Zone as you please for the amount of time allowed on your visa issued.

Can I extend a Tourist Schengen Visa?

A Tourist Schengen visa can be extended only in some very specific occasions, as:

  • Late Entry
  • Humanitarian Reasons
  • Force Majeure
  • Important Personal Reasons

However, remember that the chances to extend your Schengen visa are very low. In order to get a tourist visa extension for any of the reasons given above, your application needs very strong arguments.

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Business Schengen Visa – Traveling to Europe for Business Purposes

Business visa is an authorization of the designated country/countries of destination within the Schengen Area issued to the citizens of countries that have mandatory visa requirements from the Schengen Zone with the sole purpose of doing business in the Schengen zone.

The holder of this type of visa is not required to have the citizenship of the designated country in order to follow their business agenda yet it such an authorization has its limitations as well.

What Documents are Required When Applying for a Business Schengen Visa?

The following documents are required for a Business Schengen visa application:

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed.
  • Two recently taken photos must be attached. Both photos must be taken within the last three months, according to the Schengen visa photo requirements.
  • A valid passport. It should valid for at least three more months beyond the date you plan to leave Schengen area. Older passports with visas on them (if you have any).
  • Round trip reservation or itinerary  It must include dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from the Schengen area. You can use the visa consultation services like this one. These guys can handle most of your business visa mandatory requirements such as flight itineraries, hotel reservations along with free consultation over email.
  • Travel insurance policy. A document that proves you have travel health insurance for the whole Schengen territory, with a minimum coverage of 30,000 euros in case of any medical emergency as illnesses, accidents and even repatriation in case of death.
  • Proof of accommodation. A document that shows where you will be accommodated throughout your stay in Schengen. This could be a hotel booking, a rental agreement, or a letter of invitation from a host at whose house you will be staying.
  • Proof of financial means. Evidence that you have enough money to support yourself financially during your Business trip in Europe. This can be one of the following:
    • Bank account statement – that shows you have enough money in your account for the trip. The statement shall be no older than 3 months.
    • Sponsorship Letter – by another person that confirms they will be financially supporting your trip to the Schengen. In order for this letter to be valid, it must be accompanied by a bank statement of the sponsor, no older than three months.
    • A combination of your bank account statement and a letter of sponsorship.
  • Proof of paid visa fee.
  • Cover letter. Explaining the purpose of the visit to the Schengen country.
  • A short profile of the applicants working place.
  • Letter from employer. Meticulously describing the purpose of the travel as well as the itinerary of the days spend within the Schengen zone.
  • Invitation letter. Written by the partner company in the Schengen zone, faxed also to the corresponding consulate. This letter has to appear as an invitation to attend meetings or other relevant events matching trade, industry or work.
  • Proof of financial means. It must be stated either in the employer’s letter or the partner company’s invitation that one of both parties will be covering the applicant’s travel expenses during his/her stay in the Schengen Zone.
  • If there were previous trade relations between the two companies proof of such an event.
  • For employees:
    • Employment contract.
    • Current bank statement of the latest 6 months.
    • Leave permission from the employer.
    • Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary.
  • For the self-employed:
    • A copy of your business license.
    • Company bank statement of the latest 6 months.
    • Income Tax Return (ITR).
Where to Submit the Business Schengen Visa Application?

You have to submit your application for a Business Schengen Visa to the consulate or embassy of the country where you will be entering or residing the most during your business trip.

  • If you are planning to visit only one country – then you need to apply at the embassy / consulate / visa center of the country you will be visiting.
  • If you are planning to visit more than one country – then where you need to apply depends on the number of days you will be spending in each of the countries you will step in.
    • When spending equal amount of days in each – then you need to apply at the embassy / consulate / visa center of the country where you will arrive first.
    • When spending unequal amount of days in each – then you will need to apply at the embassy / consulate / visa center of the country where you will be spending more time.
How to Apply for a Business Schengen Visa?

There are a few simple steps to follow when applying for a business Schengen visa:

  1. Check at which Embassy/Consulate you need to apply. In order to file your business visa application at the right place, you will need to know which country should issue you a business visa (if you are planning to visit more than one Schengen state). Then you need to check, what body of that particular country handles visa applications or whether it has outsourced visa submission to another party.
  2. Schedule an appointment at the embassy / consulate / visa center.
  3. Attend the visa interview. Take all of the required documents for business visa with you.
  4. Wait for a response. In the meantime, the embassy will process your visa, which will go through EU security systems as Visa Information System and Schengen Information System.

When to Apply for a Business Schengen Visa?

The earliest time to apply for a Business visa is three months before your planned trip and the latest is at most 15 working days before your intend to travel to Europe for business purposes.

The best time to apply for a Business Schengen visa is at least three weeks before your business trip to Europe.

How Long is the Business Schengen Visa valid for?

Business visa is commonly valid for stays no more than 90 days. If you will be traveling a lot and not only in one Schengen country it’s recommendable to fill in the “multiple entry” gap in the application form. This way you will be able to enter and leave Schengen Zone as you please for the amount of time allowed on your visa issued.

Please, make sure to understand carefully the labels attached to the business visa sticker, including the period it permits you to remain in Europe, otherwise, there can be consequences to overstaying Business Schengen visa.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Business Schengen Visa?

On average, the processing time for a Business Schengen visa is 10 business days. Within this period, the applicant will be informed whether the Business Schengen visa has been granted or rejected.

However, depending on the situation, processing time for a Business visa to Europe might take up longer if there is something extraordinary with the individual case or any political situation is on the go.

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Do you need our assistance to settle a Business in Europe?

European nations have colossal customer bases – even the most unfortunate European nations will in general be wealthier than nations in different landmasses. In case you’re hoping to grow your business globally, Europe’s purchasers could make it worth any potential trouble.

While beginning a business in Europe can be precarious, with the correct information and aptitude, you can effectively fuse your business and work it in one of Europe’s 44 nations.

What can you do?

As an EU citizen you are entitled to:

  • set up your own business (even as a sole trader) in any EU country, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein
  • set up a subsidiary branch of an existing EU-based business that is already registered in one EU country
Requirements

The requirements vary depending on the country. However, the EU encourages all countries to meet certain targets for helping to set up new companies, including:

  • setting up in no more than 3 working days
  • costing less than EUR 100
  • completing all procedures through a single administrative body
  • completing all registration formalities online
  • registering a company in another EU country online (through the national contact points)
Funding and support

There are different EU funds available for startup businesses. To find out which one meets your needs, as well as information on support and resources, visit the Startup Europe Club.

You can also use the Startup Europe Partnership platform to get help with expanding and developing your business.

If you’re looking to increase the visibility of your business project, you can register your project on the European Investment Project Portal. The portal also enables you to get in contact with potential international investors.

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A top to bottom comprehension of the procedure in applying for the understudy visa can assist you with preparing and be have confidence of finishing the procedure with accuracy. Here’s the place we can support you, we being the main investigation abroad experts in India.

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