Schengen Visa for Philippine Passport Holders

Visa Application for Pinoys with focus on Schengen Visa.

Filipinos who have experienced applying for visas to US, Europe, Japan, etc will relate to the agony and understand why Visa Application is one, if not the most major part of my RTW preparation. Here is a detailed account of how to apply for Schengen Visa for Philippine Passport Holders.
My focus will only be for application of tourist schengen visa for Philippine Passport holders. If you’re studying, working, marrying, or visiting family, I’m sure there’s a whole other bunch of stuff you need to prepare. I can’t help you with it, sorry.

Schengen Visa

Schengen Region

Schengen VISA is the visa issued by the countries in the Schengen agreement that allows no border controls within the said regions. There are currently 26 countries in this agreement. All are countries in the European continent but not necessarily members of the European Union.

The following 26 countries are the members of the Schengen agreement.

– Austria
– Belgium
– Czech Republic
– Denmark
– Estonia
– Finland
– France
– Germany
– Greece
– Hungary
– Iceland (not a EU)
– Italy
– Latvia
– Liechtenstein (not a EU)
– Lithuania
– Luxembourg
– Malta
– Netherlands
– Norway (not a EU)
– Poland
– Portugal
– Slovakia
– Slovenia
– Spain
– Sweden
– Swiss (not a European Union Member State)

As of January, 2014, valid Schengen visa (type: double or multiple entry), who have already entered the Schengen area, may travel to the following without additional visa and may stay for period equal to the remainder of the time for which the Schengen visa is valid. The said 2 countries membership to Schengen region are in process.

– Croatia
– Cyprus

Philippine passport holders are required Schengen visa to visit one or more of these Member States. This visa is valid in all Schengen states for a stay of up to 90 days within a six-month period for a visit, tourism or business. It is not valid for employment.


When to apply for Schengen Visa?

Applications can be made earliest three (3) months before the planned entry.


Where to apply for Schengen Visa?

Visa applications must be lodged at the Embassy/Consulate of the country of intended visit. If your plan is to visit several countries, visa application must be made at the Embassy/Consulate of the main destination country—meaning the length of stay in this destination is the longest. If the length of stay in each country is almost the same, apply at the country of first entry.


Beginning April 20, 2012, appointments may be set by calling the Call Centre to book for an appointment to submit their completed visa applications and other supporting documents.

The Embassy Call Centre is available nationwide and may be contacted thru any of the following numbers:

For PLDT/Smart/Touchcard Subscribers 1 (909) 101- 3333
For Globe/Innove/Touchmobile Subscribers 1 (900) 101- 3333
For Bayantel Subscribers 1 (903) 101- 3333

This service is available thru a toll call charge costing Php 32.00 (pesos) per minute excluding VAT and applicable NDD charges for calls made outside Metro Manila.

Customer Service Agents will be available daily, Mondays thru Saturdays from 8am to 6pm except public holidays.


Which embassy would you have a better chance of getting a visa?

While I have only applied at the French Embassy before and is now reading the same embassy website, I believe that they all follow a very standard procedure in processing the visas. I initially planned to apply at the Belgian Embassy this time so have done a little bit of reading on their website, the requirements, although worded differently, are the same as it should be.  Some Embassy staff are friendlier than others, of this I’m sure.  They are not very friendly in the French embassy, especially the Filipino staff towards other Filipinos.  I even had an experience where this Filipina speaks English in a French accent. HA!!


How much is Schengen Visa? where to pay for Schengen Visa?

The visa-processing fee is EUR 60 (depending on the day’s exchange rate: approx Php 3,700).  Children ages between 6-11 years old pay EUR 35 (Php 2,150). Children under the age of 6 are free of charge. The fee is non-refundable even if application is unsuccessful. Payments are made at the Embassy/Consulate when submitting your application and you need to have exact change.  So I had to go down Starbucks to buy coffee because I had 4,000 with me and the fee that day was 3,730. Bring a 50 peso bill and several 20’s.


What are the requirements in applying Schengen Visas?

1. Signed and filled up Schengen Visa Application Form (click this) with photo attached, plus 1 additional photo.

Photo Specification

  • Color photo taken against white background;
  • Clear and of good quality;
  • Printed on normal photographic paper;
  • 45 mm high x 35 mm wide in size
  • Taken with nothing covering the face, without sunglasses or tinted spectacles, or a head covering
  • The subject should have their mouth closed (no grinning, frowning or raised eyebrows) and the applicant should be facing forwarding, looking straight ahead.

2. Valid passport with 3 months validity from the end of visa duration. Photo copy of valid and former visas, if any.

3. Cover letter explaining the purpose of your trip and detailed itinerary. If you don’t have this, you have to write one on the spot before they will accept your requirements. Here is the cover letter addressed to the Honorable Consul I made in 2007.

4. Details of your trip

  1. Round trip ticket reservation. Reservations only.
  2. Itinerary of the whole duration including departure and arrival dates.
  3. Accommodations – hotel vouchers, seriously. If you’re staying with a good friend who is a French resident/national, then you need them to provide you with something called Attestation d’accueil (Certificate of Board and Lodging) and your host’s national identity card or residence permit.

Why I said good friend?  Because it’s a lot of trouble for them to get this. If you have a French national host, just cut and paste below list for the document you needed from them.  These are basically records of their existence in France such as title of property or contract of lease, utility billing statement as address proof, bank statements, medical records, pay slip, and finally they have to go to the city hall to have all these certified. Like I said, lots of trouble. :)

The attestation d’accueil is a form needed to be presented to the City Hall with the following documents:

  • la carte nationale d’identité ou le passeport, ou la carte de résidence
  • livret de famille de l’hébergeant
  • justificatifs de domicile (EDF-GDF, facture Télécom, facture Eau)
  • titre de propriété (taxe foncière) ou de location (taxe d’habitation)
  • contrat de bail ou descriptif du logement
  • 2 derniers bulletins de salaires ou justificatifs divers de ressources mensuelles (retraite, CAF)
  • dernier avis d’imposition ou de non imposition
  • noms, prénoms de l’étranger, date et lieu de naissance, adresse exacte, n° du passeport et sa copie, copie du document justifiant le lien de parenté s’il y a lieu
  • attestation d’assurance médicale de l’hôte
  • un timbre spécifique dit « timbre OMI » d’un montant de 15 euros, il sera demandé à l’issue d’une réponse favorable. Disponible dans les perceptions et chez les buralistes.(Attention : il faut autant de timbres que de personnes accueillies sauf s’il s’agit de l’accueil d’une même famille avec des enfants mineurs).

5. Proof of employment

  • Certificate of employment stating monthly salary and approved leave of absence.
  • If self employed, official business registration for current and previous year.

6. Proof of Income

  • Income Tax Return
  • Recent Bank Certification
  • Photocopy of the last 3 months statement of Account of the same bank account.
  • If someone other than yourself is paying for the the trip, then submit financial document of the sponsor instead.

7. Identity / Marital Status:

  • Photocopy of First page of Passport and all relevant obtained visas
  • Authenticated birth certificate from NSO. If married, bring photocopy of your marriage contract.

8. Travel insurance that covers the entire duration of your intended stay with minimun coverage EUR 30,000. The medical policies must state the following points :

  1. Medical attention and treatment will be given in case of illness or accident
  2. The injured or ill traveller can be transported home for treatment + body repatriation in case of death
  3. The insurance coverage is a least 30 000 euros (50 000 US dollars)
  4. The insurance must be valid for all 25 Schengen member states which should be listed on the policy
  5. The insurance company must be re-insured, the name of the re-insurer and his TOLL FREE phone number must be listed on the policy
  6. The policy must allow CASHLESS SETTLEMENTS of claims. The name of the company in charge of such settlements and their toll free number must be clearly stated on the policy.


Where to Buy Travel Insurance in the Philippines

Travel Insurance is available from your insurance agents. I often get Malayan Insurance but other insurances are available like WorldsNomad and BlueCross.

How long does it take for Schengen Visa to be released? a.k.a. The Waiting Game.

Update: May 6, 2011 — So I had my appointment today and it went pretty painless. After receiving my documents, payment, and collecting my biometrics, I was issued a receipt to claim visa on May 17, 2011. So that is 10 days as they promised. I even lacked 2 items in the requirement and was told to just bring it upon claiming of visa. Oh, and they also gave back my passport. Great!



I applied for Schengen Visa again, this time with the Italian Embassy through a partner agency VIA. Check out my post on applying Schengen Visa with the Italian Embassy.


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1,772 Responses to Schengen Visa for Philippine Passport Holders

  1. Happiness 11/21/2015 at 12:54 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass,

    Firstly, I just want to say thank you! I have used your blog as my guide and it indeed helped a lot!

    I just got my Schengen Visa today. Will be spending holidays in Europe.

    Guys, just complete all documents listed in the requirements and you’ll definitely get granted.

    As for me, I applied alone. Young, no sponsor whatsoever and a first time traveller.

    Consul just asked what my profession is and if it is my first time in Europe. Yep, just two questions (I was expecting much grilling since it’s my first time and all) but I guess the documents presented spoke for me.

    Follow your European dreams and get the Visa now!

    Thanks Wanderlass and Congrats in advance for future applicants.

  2. kaisserstuff 11/21/2015 at 1:11 am #

    Hi! I have a question, I want to go back to France… is there any chance that i could get a ticket from France to Scotland? like with only having a Schengen Visa!! BTW, Thanks for your blog,, i was able to got a VISA granted by following your tips and steps! Thanks.. Hope you Reply!

    • wanderlass 11/21/2015 at 1:51 pm #

      You need different visas for UK and Schengen.

      • Donna 11/23/2015 at 9:32 am #

        I just had my visa interview last 12th of November,for a 20day trip. they said I will have my passport back with the result within 7-10 business days. Upon reading the other blogs about the people who got their visas approved, it only took them 2-3days and they had the result. I am just still waiting and quite nervous about it. Any idea why it’s taking longer? Thank you!

  3. Bro 11/12/2015 at 11:41 pm #

    Goodday i just want to ask about my denial in German Embassy last year ago i would like to apply again for schengen visa in Switzerland should be better to put on my application that i already got denied in german embassy for applying schengen visa or No? Thank you and have a nice day
    They can trace if i already got denied in different embassy?

    • Jem 11/16/2015 at 4:43 pm #

      Yes. Be honest on your application because they will find out anyways. Good luck

  4. Juffer 11/11/2015 at 3:24 pm #

    Hi ! I would like to ask about your Malayan insurance. Is it the travel master have you purchased with them? I’m not sure about this thing. sorry

    Thank you for your response !! :D :D :D

    • Scarlet Ramos 11/17/2015 at 12:05 pm #

      I canvassed travel medical insurance and found it Malayan does not provide refund of the premium in case your visa application is denied. Other companies do.

  5. Mr_dbv 11/11/2015 at 3:24 pm #

    Guys. Good day. How much is the French Visa fee in Peso now? Please help. Thank you. :-)

  6. Rody 11/10/2015 at 9:45 pm #

    Hello Wanderlass, I am planning to go to Germany 1st quarter next year. I work for my cousin’s company (headquarters in UK) but I am physically in the Philippines (home-based job). I received salary and incentives however; since the company is not registered Philippines, I do not have ITR. The company does not have certificate of employment nor ID. The only proof I got is my contract which was just sent through email.

    I thought I have money to finance my trip however; the employment requirement scares me. I don’t own any lands here, too. Do you have anything to suggest for my situation?

    Thank you!

  7. mary juguiad 11/02/2015 at 10:19 pm #

    Can my German sponsor submit also the certificate of board and lodging to support me of my stay?

    • ehrz 11/04/2015 at 6:35 pm #

      Hello. I am planning to apply schengen visa and my sponsor is living in Spain but he is Pakistan. He live over 10yrs already in Spain he hsa business there. Does he allow as my sponsor and take some of the responsible in somenschengen requirements like financial capacity and others? I am recently working here in KSA and I’m going in Phil’s.this coming April my planned is making my visa re entry. But the problem can I still apply for schengen visa even my passport is 3months re entry for a vacation? Just in case my sponsor not sure of this so I have to comeback in KSA. Thanks

    • Maru 11/09/2015 at 9:04 am #

      Hello everyone! Im maru. Hope somebody could help me what is the best thing to do. Im planning to go to sweden by july 2016. Im married but separated since 2012. I have one kid living in the philippines with my mom. Now im in japan working. I meet my swedish boyfriend online this summer. Our first meeting was in the phils when i have my 1week vacation in the philippines and we went together in japan last july. He visited me again this october for 5days and he will go back again on dec. he wants me to go to sweden just for a tour, and i also love the idea but im only planning for about 7days since im working here in japan. He will be sponsoring me and actually trying to use the fiancee or gilfriend visa but i said we cant use it since im not yet annulled, might just complicate things. So now my questions is should i apply for a tourist visa or visiting friend visa since he will covers all the expenses and will submit all the supporting documents needed. If visiting friend, will i be questioned since the matter of the fact that we are not just friend. Also he email me the gf/bf/fiancee visa application and there is the precise question (were you married before? If yes, is the married annulled? If not annulled, what is the reason?) so if i take this type of visa application and just be honest with all the answers like its not yet annulled, will it be a ground to deny my application? Thanks and GOdbless everyone. My apology for my long letter. 😊

  8. Mj 11/02/2015 at 8:29 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass!

    Regarding documents from the guarantor, okay lang ba na i-scan ng guarantor ko and send it to me by email or need pa ipa-courier? Thank you :)

    • M&K01 11/10/2015 at 10:49 pm #

      As far as i know scanning is not allowed.. the embassy strictly want the original copy of the documents of the guarantor,, Kase they will really asked the original with his signature..

      Goodluck :)

  9. Vin 11/02/2015 at 2:08 am #

    Hi. I’m planning to have a solo European trip in 2016 but I just graduated college and passed the board exam (so currently unemployed) so my parents will pay for my trip. Will it be possible for me to get a visa if I would submit an affidavit letter stating that my parents will sponsor my trip so I could just submit their ITR, Business Permits, Bank Certs? Or is this a hopeless case? Thanks in advance!

  10. Miehle Vel 10/25/2015 at 12:44 am #


    I have a question. I was invited for a vacation in switzerland for 4-5 days. I want to know if how much money possibly do u think I should need?? I will stay at my friend place in Siwtzerland (for visa to get approve)


    • wanderlass 10/28/2015 at 10:54 am #

      Switzerland is one of the more expensive cities in Europe. Depends on what you will be doing, but to give you and idea, a simple (not fancy restaurant) pasta dinner with coke is about 30USD. Tram ride is about 2USD. Museum and such about 10-20USD. Their currency CHF is same as USD.

  11. Shin 10/21/2015 at 3:40 pm #

    I am planning to apply a tourist visa to the Czech Embassy. My planned visit would be from July 1, 2016 until September 28, 2016. My friend whom I have known for more than a year will sponsor the expenses of the trip. I will be staying in his apartment. I don’t have job yet, no kids, no properties. I don’t have any proof that I will still come back here in the Philippines. What are the necessary documents I need to submit and how can I guarantee that my visa application will be approved? And about the travel insurance, how much is it?
    Thanks in advance for your response.

    • Suannie 10/26/2015 at 10:16 pm #

      Hi everyone! Can someone help me with my question? My married brother and I plan to join a group tour to Europe in March 2016. I have no problem with getting Schengen visa since I’m a holder of an Australian passport and also I have a dual citizenship (Fil/Aus). My brother, on the other hand, only has a Philippine passport and will need to apply. What worries me is although he owns an internet cafe, the business is in his wife’s name. They have two kids, one has finished school while the other is still in university. He basically runs the business by himself and been doing it for over 10 years. Because he does not get paid like an employee, he cannot produce an ITR. He does not have much money in the bank in his name. The trip we are taking together will be paid by me since I have a good job and money in the bank. He is an amateur photographer and wants to go to Europe to capture its beauty. What are the chances of him in successfully securing Schengen visa? Thanks for your responses in advance.

  12. aimmie 10/16/2015 at 9:55 am #

    hello..im aimmie,,i just want to ask if i still need to present a bank certificate if my french brother in law will shoulder all my expenses,attestation,ticket,and insurance,.thank you so much.

    • M&K01 10/16/2015 at 1:58 pm #

      No u dont need your bank certificate but u need your sponsor bank certificate or statement to prove that they can support your stay.

      • Aimmie 10/18/2015 at 12:32 pm #

        Thank you..
        and another question,, is it OK that I have a schedule interview on Nov.5 but my travel date is on Dec.2 2015?

        • M&K01 10/18/2015 at 8:30 pm #

          That should be fine i guess.. if ur case is same as mine it would be easier for them to make a decision.. the only reason i apply for my visa earlier so i can fixed something up if my visa get denied. Normally the embassy wil give the result for 15 working days.. so i guess thats totally fine..

          • Aimmie 11/05/2015 at 4:03 pm #

            Thank u very much..ur a big help for me. @m&k01.
            @dax ..I just finish my interview today.all good.for me embassy is good.I was late but still they accept my application..I think it’s also normal they have lot of question about the documents I have..
            I just pray a good result.

          • M&K01 11/10/2015 at 10:51 pm #

            Hahah we have the same experience aimmie.. i was late too on my interview thought that will give me a bad shot :D
            But im glad we can share our experience,, I hope u get ur visa approved same as mine.. Goodluck :)

        • Dax 11/05/2015 at 11:50 am #

          Hello Aimmie! How’s your intetview with thw french embassy?

          • Dax 11/05/2015 at 8:33 pm #

            Hi Aimmie, I hope you’ll get your visa soon. How many days your application to be process? God bless :)

          • Aimmie 11/05/2015 at 9:40 pm #

            Ohh thank U dax ..just 5 days..next week I have the result.

          • Dax 11/05/2015 at 9:54 pm #

            So you will be back on 11th or 12th? I wish you goodluck…

        • Dax 11/16/2015 at 9:59 pm #

          Hello Aimme did you get your visa? Can you share your experienced with us, thanks.

    • Jennifer 10/20/2015 at 7:23 am #

      Hi! Wanderlass,

      Im Jennifer, I would like to ask if how long it takes to get the visa for a tourist to go to France if I apply in Philippines? Im currently here in Qatar. And 2weeks ago I tried to apply a schengen visa.We provided what consulate needed but in the end they did not grant my application because they said Im staying almost 3mons in france.
      My boyfriend is french citizen.And his working in Paris currently.He requested me to have my holiday there for 3mons because he cannot always be with me on our trip because of his job.We were quite dissapointed because were been travelling in other countries and and we managed to get the visa easily.
      And now that I have 3mons holiday we want to try it again to apply in Philippines.Maybe will be grant because Im filipino citizen.
      I just want to ask also, can we use the Attestation D accueil if my address is stated here in qatar or we need to change it to my address in the philippines?
      Thanks alot..

      • Gwenneth 10/21/2015 at 7:29 pm #

        Hi Jennifer what is your email? ng a apply din ako ng tourist visa for 3 months sa November 2nd week na appointment ko presently im working in Abu Dhabi UAE. nung june nasa Paris din ako bumalik ako ng July 2015 its my 2 nd time if ever makapasa ako. Naka punta ka na ba before sa France?

      • Gwenneth 11/19/2015 at 4:24 am #

        Im currently living in Abu Dhabi, I got my visa in just 2 days,mabilis mg proceso dito sa uae. for the 2nd time, they grant my 3 months vacation

  13. Jhane 10/15/2015 at 3:15 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass,

    I’m Jhane,I had a German bf his visiting me here in the Philippines this coming Nov. We’ve met on a dating site and know each other for 4 months now his family wants me to visit them in their country. My question is that it is possible that the German Embassy grant me a visa if the father of my boy friend will sponsor me? Coz my bf has not enough money to support me if he will be my sponsor. And also i want to ask if the appearance of the father of my bf is needed here in the embassy? Looking forward for ur reply…

    • wanderlass 10/16/2015 at 9:18 am #

      yes the father can be your sponsor. he only needs to send you document of support.

      • Zel 10/16/2015 at 9:47 am #

        Hi wanderlass, I am quite nervous as I will have my appointment at Netherlands Embassy for the second time as I will be applying again a visit visa to visit my fiance again. I am afraid that they might think negative as this time i will apply for 90 days not unlike before which is only 25 days but I got granted before. But the purpose this time is to spend christmas, anniversary, new year and valentines day. Do you think my application this time will be okay as well? I am a student and i will give them a certificate that I was enrolled to my school because right now is the end of semester. Please enlighten me wanderlass. Thank you!

      • Guadaline 10/16/2015 at 5:23 pm #

        Hi Wanderlass.
        Im planning to apply a schengen visa in Belgium embassy but my destination will be in Bulgaria. I am aware that the country i will visit is not part of Schengen but EU member. Is it possible not to get denied as im married to a Bulgarian and i was in Bulgaria last july using a tourist visa but now that my husband is onboard the ship he couldn’t send me documents i need to apply a tourist visa once again. The reason why im coming back there is to process my residence visa. I must stay in Bulgaria for 3 months just to get this id from the police station. Do you think they will grant me a multiple visa?
        Thank you in advance and i hope for your quick response.

        • wanderlass 10/17/2015 at 12:00 pm #

          I’m not sure of the answer but if you have the right requirement there is no reason to deny you visa esp if you’ve got one before.

          • Jho 10/17/2015 at 8:09 pm #

            Hi wanderlass,

            I just want to ask if I can get a schengen visa if my bf is an American? Because he want to meet me in Italy for me to meet his family there, and he will support all the expenses for our stay there. Do I still need a bank certificate? Hope u can help me with this things, I really need to know so I can apply immediately.

            Thank u so much :-)


  14. AA 10/14/2015 at 11:37 pm #

    Hi all! Just want to share with you my experience with the French embassy. I applied for Schengen tourist visa for 16 days for Christmas vacation with my brother and dad. My french boyfriend invited us to tour France and spend the holidays with their family. But since we will not stay in their house, we didn’t need the attestasion. The only document we asked from them was an invitation letter addressed to the embassy stating that their family is inviting us over for the holidays but we will still finance our whole trip and they assured that we will come back on January 3. I think it was a really big help. My dad is a gov’t retiree (just last March) so he submitted his retirement documents and ITR. My brother and I are very new to our jobs as we just both graduated. Me – 7monts, him – just 2 weeks!!!. He was not able to provide leave of absence certificates because of course he’s just new. This maybe the one part that made us so nervous about our application. During the interview, the lady on window 5 just asked questions about my dad’s previous employment and as expected, she questioned my brother if his company will allow him to file leaves already. He just responded that his company has a temporary shutdown during Christmas season and thus it will be easy. The lady was rude and really snob. She tossed out papers she didn’t need – my dad’s OCR and land title (as proof assets) and said it’s not on the list. She could have said it politely.

    Anyway, we were asked to come back two days after. We were really tensed and nervous during this short period of waiting!!! I even researched already what to do if we get denied. Yes, so paranoid haha.

    But good news, we got our visas this morning!!! :) We are so so so happy!!! :D

    One question though… we weren’t asked to report back to the embassy after we return back to the Phils. Did she just forget to mention it or is just selective? Thanks :)

    Goodluck to all! :D

    • wanderlass 10/15/2015 at 12:16 am #

      congratulations. i’ve never been asked to do that either so it must be selective.

      • Anna 10/15/2015 at 3:27 pm #

        Hi! Wanna ask something if may magbabayad pa ba ng travel fee dito sa pilipinas? Thank you :)

      • rjan 10/21/2015 at 7:34 am #

        while waiting for my visa, i overheard a couple of applicants being asked to sign a contract to report back at the french embassy upon their return from their trip. i guess they put an annotation at the visa as precondition for issuance. btw, i would like to thank you for posting this blog. it helped a lot in preparing my application for the Schengen visa.

    • Anna 10/15/2015 at 12:05 pm #

      Hi AA! I was passed my austrian visa and fly this coming november. They asked me to report back to the embassy after I returned back to the philippines. But I think they will asked the “REPORT” thing if you are going to visit europe for 90 days. :)

    • april 11/11/2015 at 12:45 pm #

      Hi AA,
      What was the time given to you for the release of your passports?

      I was also asked to come back after two days.



  15. Braveheartmhylz 89 10/06/2015 at 12:37 pm #

    Hi, I need help. How to apply for a schengen-visa for Germany?my friend’s team will compete for big tournament in Germany. I hope you can help me. They will leave two weeks from now.

  16. M&K01 10/05/2015 at 11:27 pm #

    I had my interview today.. it went pretty smooth and fast,, i was late 45mins tho but staff at the VFS were pretty friendly. They said it take 15 working days to get my result. Interview is not bad as i expected they just ask/confirmed about your documents. Now waiting game is on..
    Goodluck to us guys..

    • M&K01 10/07/2015 at 1:13 pm #

      Thank you to these blog it helped me get thru my visa… I Already get email that says my visa is GRANTED! yehey! it took only 2 days thats pretty fast… EUROPE here i comeeeeee…

      • Karina 10/08/2015 at 1:42 pm #

        Hi there? Which embassy did you apply? Thanks

        • M&K01 10/16/2015 at 2:01 pm #

          I apply at the norweigan embassy in VFS GLOBAL CENTER.

          • Sid 10/16/2015 at 4:48 pm #

            Wow. Nice.I’m planning to apply at the Norwegian embassy too. What type of visa you applied for?

    • james 10/09/2015 at 7:04 am #

      hi did they require confirmed roundtrip ticket?

      • M&K01 10/16/2015 at 2:04 pm #

        Hmmm i had a confirmed reservation ticket.. I got in in a travel agency and paid 500 for it.. the travel agency will require or suggest u to get it the day before u submitting your visa applications.. goodluck :)

  17. Kam 09/25/2015 at 2:25 am #

    I was wondering, is anyone familiar with applying for a Swiss visa while in Europe? I am an Au pair in France and I found a university in Switzerland which im very much interested for my study plans. Rather than going home. I’d like to apply while im here.

    • Susu 09/25/2015 at 5:10 pm #

      Hello sis, im looking for informations about au pair in france and finally i found your comment here. Thanks God! May i ask you about au pair? Coz i really badly need it. My boyfriend which is a french guy with his family want to invite me in france using au pair visa but unfortunately they still dont know where to start to process my paper there. Can you help me please. Thanks

    • Susu 09/25/2015 at 6:34 pm #

      g_lebaste02@yahoo.com this is my yahoomaill address. Baka po may awa ka sakin sis at matulongan mo ko. Thanks a lot

  18. Xyza 09/24/2015 at 8:11 pm #

    I had my interview today for my family visit tourist visa. I was given the claim slip dated September 29, 2015. So, that is a total of 5 days. I know it is not yet a reassurance that my interview went well, but I do hope so much for it to be positive. Much thanks to this post! It was my bible for 3 months. Crossing fingers!

  19. Irynne 09/20/2015 at 10:38 pm #

    Hi, just want to k now how money is need in the bank account for the schengen visa? And also, my sister in Canada will cover all the expenses like the accommodation, transportation. Do I need her Tax Assessment? Do I need to apply for a separate tourist visa going to UK, as it is part of our itinerary?

  20. Hearty 09/12/2015 at 2:38 am #

    Hi Wanderlass

    I wonder if you could help me. I am a filipino passport holder currently living in the UK on a spouse visa for 6months now. My husband and I are planning to go to Paris for good few days, do I need a Schengen Visa? What are the docs I need to get?
    I have 5months payslips if that helps.

    • Cassin 09/16/2015 at 10:00 pm #

      Hi,UK is not part of the EU,so yes you will have to apply for your schengen visa,just visit the embassy website, good luck!

      • Angel 09/26/2015 at 6:37 am #

        Hi, we applied for a schengen visa and was only given 4 days :( Can we still ask them to have it extended? Thanks!

      • mirek 09/28/2015 at 2:24 am #

        Since when?

  21. teenabels 09/11/2015 at 6:39 am #

    Hi there Rob, I just need some help. I got denied schengen visa last jan 2013 and i applied thru swiss embassy, that time i was sponsored by a family friend and i dont have enought money on my bank account and i was only 5 months here working in Dubai. Now I am planning to apply thru french embassy as a tourist. Im still in the same company where im working and Ive saved money for this travel to europe.. Do u think this time I’ll have a good chance to get the visa? Im planning to visit paris and switzerland. Hope youl reply! Tnx.

    • jose angara 09/20/2015 at 4:18 pm #

      Hi Tennabels. apply thru VFS in Wafi City Dubai . just prepare all the documents needed. Book an appointment thru website. Prepare your NOC letter,Salary Certificate, Passport,Visa/Bank statement.

  22. Chesca 09/04/2015 at 8:45 am #

    Hello there, AXA Travel Insurance is accredited po ba ng embassy for my visit in Paris sana. thanks

  23. HeyLey 08/27/2015 at 2:28 am #

    Hello Wanderlass.

    I’m 19 years old, first year university student (taking up BA-International Studies). Last August 10, 2015 I had my appointment for my tourist visa app (Denmark) and submitted my requirements at the (VFS)visa application center.

    Here are the requirements I submitted;
    1. Schengen Visa Application Form –
    2. One Passport sized photo with white background and not older than 6 months
     3. Original Passport –
     4. Photocopy of Original Passport –
     5. Proof of Sufficient Funds – bank cert & bank statements-past 6 months (above 500k)
     6. Full Itinerary or Detailed Day to Day Activities of the Trip
     7. Proof of Accommodation/Hotel Bookings
     8. Photocopy of Roundtrip Airline Ticket Reservation –
     9. Photocopy of Travel Medical Insurance –
     6. If currently a Student –
    a)certification of enrolment from the school and school ID
    b)certification of reservation (I will be traveling at the end of our 1st semester, if visa will be granted. So I asked our Department’s Dean for a seat-reservation certificate for the next sem)
     7. Hotel Bookings
     8. Photocopies of own means and properties (I have deed of sales of properties under my name-no title yet, I also have my car’s OR/CR-newly renewed & also under my name)
    9. Cover letter

    Most of my documents were notarized. My first schengen visa application was denied(for Germany). This time, I will be travelling alone and will be staying in a hotel. Denmark is my first port of entry, I will also visit Hamburg, then back to Denmark as my exit. I don’t have any sponsor. They only asked me 2 questions, first, schengen countries I will be visiting & the duration of my stay. They checked my documents one by one, and did not ask further questions, then they took my biometric and also my original passport. It’s my first time going outside the Philippines, btw.

    Now I am waiting for the result/update of my application. I am really worried about it. Do you think I have submitted all the necessary requirements? is my chance of getting a visa high enough? :(

    More power & God bless!

    • Rea 08/29/2015 at 12:40 pm #


      Do let me know how your application resulted. Im applying for Schengen visa (Denmark) soon, and would take your submitted documents as a guide :)


      • joeyampi 09/13/2015 at 1:32 pm #

        Helo all,
        Just done w/ my interview and sumission of documents last sept 10, 2015 at the german embassy and they said after i week ill get my passport including the details if i was approved to get a visa or not. Ito naghihintay ng result pa rin , i am applying for a schengen visa for visit to a german friend of mine.
        Lahat ng question ng consul nagfocus sa documents na dala, hopefully nasubmit ko naman lahat ng documents na kailangan kasi hindi na ako hiningan ng kulang, except dun sa ITR ko income tax return kasi 2011 na papers lang meron ako,sabi ko kasi talent oa ako nun sa previous work ko and after na regular ako manila base na ngprocess BIR namin kaya ganun.
        Ibang question tinanong sakin, pano ko nakilala ang host/sponsor ko, tapos tinanong din nila ako sa details ng leave of absence ko sa company that im currently working with, kung bat ako pinayagan mag leave ng ganun kahaba,and flight details ko,i think its important na alam mo yung dates na nakalagay sa mga documents mula sa visa application, flight reservation, certificate of employment, leave of absence kasi nalula ako sa question sa dates.
        Goodluck sa atin lahat, GOd is good
        Sabi nga nila kung para sa atin tong visa na ito ibibigay talaga mag hindi naman hindi talaga :)

    • krystn 09/26/2015 at 5:21 pm #

      how was it? was the application approved? do let us know. thanks

  24. Ivan Zales 08/20/2015 at 9:01 am #

    Hi Wanderlass,

    Good day! The contents of your blog are really helpful, especially to people who also wants to visit different nations and destinations. I just wanted to ask how much is the Travel Insurance that you have purchased? Do I need to pay it at once? Thanks and Cheers.


    • Rebecca 09/12/2015 at 3:11 pm #

      Travel Insurance should be minimum €30,000 for Schengen visa compliance

    • Xyza 09/24/2015 at 8:18 pm #

      Hi Ivan! Yes you really need to have a travel insurance as it is an application requirement. It should cover €30,000. For my 90 day application, I paid around 3k php for the insurance.

      • zel 09/25/2015 at 1:40 am #

        Hi Xyza, would you mind if I ask which travel insurance yung kinuha mo? I just read you only paid like 3k for a duration of 90 days long. I saw in malayan which is around 4,900, i used malayan before but if in case i could find cheaper then why not. Thanks

        • Xyza 09/25/2015 at 10:37 am #

          Hi Zel! It was my mom’s husband (who is my sponsor) who got it for me. Pero I have the website here and you can check it out: http://www.assurance-voyage-schengen.com . This was the insurance also used by my mom and sister when they applied for their long stay visa 2 months ago. They are now in Bretagne for nearly 2 months now.

          • Zel 09/28/2015 at 1:46 pm #

            Hi xyza, matanong ko lang. France kb nagapply before using that insurance? Do you will this work sa dutch embassy? Kasi ang cheap nya compare sa travel insurance dito satin eh. Thank you!

        • Xyza 09/28/2015 at 4:13 pm #

          Hi! Yes sa French embassy sya namin ginamit. I think pwede sya kasi Schengen area din naman yung Denmark e. I am not a hundred percent sure pero, I think so. Malaki nga talaga yung difference nya. Sorry dito na ko nag reply kasi sa last comment mo wala yung reply tab.

          • Zel 09/28/2015 at 7:00 pm #

            Uhmm sa Dutch embassy ako magaapply ulit. Second time ko to, first time ko approved naman. Pero my main concern is yung travel insurance kasi 5k na halos sa malayan eh, dto sa schengen assurance i checked around 3k lng. Well siguro pwede na din to :)

        • Makoli 10/04/2015 at 10:32 pm #

          how many days na hohold an passport when.applying schengen visa?

  25. Rea 08/19/2015 at 1:22 pm #


    First of all, just wanna say thank you for taking the time to blog everything in detail. It’s really very helpful.

    As for my case, I will be applying for a Schengen visa (Denmark) next month. I have a question regarding the hotel booking. My Danish friend got his friend to let us stay at his apartment since his friend would be in Austria. That being said, this friend of his isn’t a very good friend so I didn’t want to bother him with all the visa related documents.

    My question is, once I submit the hotel reservations (hotel vouchers and such), is it okay if I don’t stay at the hotel?

    Aprreciate your help on this. And once again, thank you :D

    • Rebecca 09/06/2015 at 2:36 am #

      It doesn’t matter where are you staying. As long as you have a proof of your confirmed hotel booking.

      • RM 10/08/2015 at 6:56 pm #


        Will the airport immigration ask for proof of hotel bookings? My visa has been approved, and I submitted all hotel bookings. However, a friend invited me to stay at her place instead while I am there, so I am cancelling the hotel bookings I’ve made.

  26. IANNE 08/18/2015 at 12:40 am #

    Good day everyone, for all of you who will apply for a tourist visa in the Schengen region, one of the reasons that will guarantee your visa is a letter of leave of absence from your current employer, this will give them the proof that you are just visiting the Schengen area for a period of time without the intention of staying their for good. This will also tell them that you have a job to go back to and will not look for a job when you get to your destination. One more very important thing, I just went to the French embassy last week and didn’t prepare exact amount of P2970.00, this was rather a very big mistake. Why?, because they will not take any excess cash or keep it, you need to have the exact amount or at least that’s what the man by the entrance of the embassy told me, so I had to change a P100.00 bill so I can make P70.00 change to give to the cashier, the next thing I know, the man gave me P70.00 out of my P100.00 and said he will give me the rest later,very wrong, as soon as I finish my interview and walked out of the building, the man didn’t give me my P30.00 change, yes I know it’s just P30.00 but regardless of the the amount, he doesn’t have the right to just pocket my money, he is part of the security team of the embassy, short, fat, dark skinned man above 50yrs old maybe, he is accompanied with what seemed to me is a police officer in a blue polo shirt, imagine is this security will manage to get P30.00 each from all the visa applicants…I know life is hard, and it’s my hard earned P30.00, he stole in my face and did not even bother to give it back even when I came back to get the result of my visa application. THIS SHOULD BE STOPPED, I HOPE THE MANAGEMENT OF THE FRENCH EMBASSY IN MAKATI GET RID OF THIS SYSTEM THAT THE SECURITY MADE UP. IT JUST RUINS THE IMAGE OF US FILIPINOS, THIS IS ALSO ONE OF THE REASONS WHY MOST FOREIGNERS WOULD LOOK DOWN ON US. THIS HAS TO STOP.NOW.

    • roxy 08/24/2015 at 8:53 pm #

      hi, how long before you get the result of your visa? i applied today and they said be back on august 26 — its too soon

      • NJ2015 08/28/2015 at 8:59 pm #

        I think that’s their standard turn around time. My friend and I applied last Aug. 19. We got our visas on Aug. 24, Aug. 21 being a holiday.

      • Majoe 09/09/2015 at 11:56 am #

        Hi roxy,, i just want to ask lang po nung nag apply ka ng schengen visa sa french embassy after 2 days ay na issuehan k po ba ng visa? Iniwan mo ba sis ang passport mo dun at kinuhanan ka din ng biometrics? Kc smin po is friday ang release, 2 days lang din sis.thanks

        • JP 09/28/2015 at 3:20 pm #

          Hi.. kakatapos lang ng appointment ko knina, and they told me to comeback on wednesday. Ambilis masyado. Though business trip ung application ko and ishoshoulder ng company yung lahat ng expenses., wala akong kulang na requirements. Im worried na bka madeny pa. Nabigyan ba kayo?

          • Mitch 10/06/2015 at 12:47 am #

            Nothing to worry about..mabilis na talaga ang processing time,2 days ready na..less na ang agony sa waiting time..be positive and keep praying.

    • Aimmie 09/24/2015 at 8:48 pm #

      Good day… yes,leave of absence in work is really need for this visa..and it’s a big problem for me now because my boss don’t want to give me even the one month leave..Ohh somebody please help me..😔. I’m in a deep problem..

  27. karen 08/10/2015 at 5:52 pm #

    Hi po. I saw your blog regarding sa pag apply ng schengen visa. I am planning to apply for a visa sa Germany and I already booked an appointment sa German Embassy on 26th of August. My boyfriend is the one who will sponsor me to get there because he was been assigned there for a new job. His an American and I am a filipina. We have all the requirements that they are asking. A letter from him and notarized from there and my cover letter notarized from here. Also insurance and some bank statements from him as a proof. My concern lang po right now I am unemployed I just came back from Bahrain and I worked there for almost 3 years. My boyfriend also came back with me here last June and he spent 6 weeks here sa pinas for vication. I want to ask advise po kung masisita ako kung unemployed ako right now. But I will come back po here sa pinas if I will be grant for 3 months visa. I would like to know what is the proper way or how to answer them so they I will convince them that I will come back kasi mostly ung roothedness ang problema diba? I hope I will here a reply from you. Thank you in advance.

    • Abey 08/20/2015 at 11:12 am #

      Hi! Please update us soon, once nainterview ka na and what happened, kung ano mga tinanong at sinagot m about sa unemployed ka thanks

  28. Maryjaneeeee 07/20/2015 at 8:44 pm #

    Good day everyone! I have a french boyfriend for about 1 year right now and he is planning to come here in the Philippines on May and wants to bring me in France, his family will be the one who’ll pay for all my expenses. My question is, what would be the suitable visa for me to apply because they want me to come there and live but for sure it would be so hard, right? So maybe the the tourist visa will be the best option then? What do you think? Any suggestion? And can I process this all alone or I need to go in an agency to help me out? I really need help. Thanks!

  29. M&K01 07/15/2015 at 3:18 pm #

    Hi i am reading alot on how to get a big chance getting my tourist visa to sweden,, Me and my bf is in a relationship for 2 and half yrs and i am planning to visit him this year.My bf ofc will shoulder everything tickets,accommodation etc. But i am not a student nor employed and i dont own anything yet here in Philippines. We travel together few months ago in Thailand and Malaysia for 3 weeks.I dont know if thats good enough reason that i am comming back in ph.I do rent my own place tho.Question.. If ill tell that my bf is supporting me and sending me allowance every month would they ask for all the documents proving that his supporting me?

    • jhes78 07/20/2015 at 1:42 pm #

      Hi M&K01! I have been granted a Schengen visa last year (90 days) and was able to visit my fiancé in Sweden.
      You really need to have something that will prove your rootedness here in Philippines – job, school, kids, etc.

      • Mia 08/15/2015 at 8:28 pm #

        Hi. how many months i can apply again for Schengen visa after my departure from Schengen area or after the validity of my visa? thank you

      • M&K01 08/16/2015 at 12:01 am #

        Hi Jhes.. good to hear that ur able to get ur visa.. i am worried about it but i am going to sweden for good.. but it is easier to get tourist visa than fiance visa.. our plan is me going to sweden for couple of months and process sambo.. He is comming to get me.. so we going at the same time..

      • Joy Ferrer 08/17/2015 at 9:49 am #

        Hi I’m joy, I got my visa interview last July 9 2015, its already more than a month, my departure willbe this coming aug. 26 ,now I don’t know yet what was the result ,they didn’t sent me email or anything, what will I do?

        • M&K01 09/10/2015 at 5:46 pm #

          hey girl.. any hints what they will ask on the interview.. im pretty bad with interviews.. a little hint can help please… ty

          • Sahlee Camposano 09/12/2015 at 6:13 pm #

            I was asked details about the trip – how long will it be, if I availed the services of a travel agency to prepare the travel itinerary, about my travel history, if I have relatives in the Schengen area, and if there were any previous visa application denials at other embassies. Just be honest and make sure that you know the details of the documents that you submitted for the interview and that all your answers are consistent with the documents that you submitted.

            Good luck! 😊

          • Maxen Kay 09/18/2015 at 2:46 am #

            Thanks a bunch.. so i just booked an appointment on norweigan portal and made a little mistake.. my bf wants to put 86 days instead of 90 but i did 91.. can i correct this somewhere? or i can tell correct it to the embassy? i already pay for it so,, help!!!

      • Mj 11/04/2015 at 2:04 pm #

        Hi jhes78! i just want to ask if the documents from my guarantor need ipa-courier or pwede na ang scan and send na lang sakin through email? Thanks!

    • Stars 07/27/2015 at 9:38 am #

      Hi. Me and my mom just applied last friday (july 24,2015)for 61 days of visa. Her long time friend for 35 years invited us for her and her partner 50th birthday. I am just worried because they might rufuse to give us visa because the processing time would be not enough. Our departure date would be on august 6, 2015. G

    • Sheila 08/03/2015 at 1:58 pm #

      No problem yan sis if wala kang properties,di ka student o wala ka trabaho..advice ko sau enroll k sa isang training school like sakin kumuha ako ng baking course for 10 days lng taz sinabihan ko registrar papasok ako sa pag.uwi ko galing vacation then request ka certificate of enrollment ngbibigay yan sila..

      • M&K01 08/16/2015 at 12:04 am #

        Oh talaga? Im considering that thoughts too.. Na magenroll since sa december pa lang plano namen..

        • Sheila 08/16/2015 at 10:31 pm #

          Yes ofcourse i do that also on my first visit.. i have the second visit now.. i have a friend now in sweden same situation as you.. follow nya advices ko and enrolled to a training school and theres no difficulties in granting her a visa she got approved 2days..and about staying good?. you can get married in sweden but still you need to go back to phils to process papers and get spousal/family immig visa but anyway in tourist you can extend your stay.. my friend had an extension shes staying sweden more than 90days,shes still there now..but if its up to you.. if its your first apply and you want to go sweden right away maybe mgtourist ka muna kasi if fiance matagalan pa if di ka pa nkavisit ng sweden mga 9mos visa mo pagnaka visit kna approve within 1-2mos lang :)

          • Mia 08/17/2015 at 12:17 am #

            hi, ask ko lang how many months pwede mag apply ulit for tourists visa after the expiration of my visa. Thank you

          • M&K01 08/17/2015 at 4:24 am #

            Cool.. oo first time ako magapply for sweden.. oo kaya nga tourist muna apply ko.. kase mas mabilis yun kesa fiance.. Pero i will consider your advice and hopefully magrant.. Thank you shiela :)

          • cathy gerona 08/20/2015 at 1:20 am #

            hi tanung po pano po yan pag wala akung work my bf support me only,ano pong kailangan kung gawin para may ma prove ko na babalik ako ng pinas..i will apply next month and my flight will be on october sana?

          • Last Minute Talent 08/23/2015 at 3:05 am #

            hi Shiela im Roselyn ask qlng sana an bama kailangan para makapag tour sa sweden pero wala kc aq friend dun please help thank you

          • M&K01 08/27/2015 at 12:02 am #

            Hello girl.. Kinailangan mo ba ng NBI processing your visa?

          • ROsie 09/25/2015 at 11:19 am #

            Hello Sheila! I read your comment. I am planning to go in hungary this year. My boyfriend will shoulder all tge expenses and i will be staying in his flat. Kaso wala kaming picture togther. So, I am thinking to apply for tourist visa. Kaso i have no work yet and no savings to show. Any advice for me?

        • Sheila 08/17/2015 at 7:25 pm #

          No probs :)..

          Hi Mia, after 3mos ka makaapply ulit bali 90days after expiration of your visa.

          • joy berboso 08/24/2015 at 10:57 pm #

            hi ms shiela? tanong ko lang sana kung kailangan ko pa ba ng visa for europe? sabhn na nating 1month or less than a month? pero wala akong work yung boyfriend ko lang ang magging sponsored ko for visa na nagwowork sa saudi. thankyou

          • Sheila 08/27/2015 at 5:46 pm #

            Hello regarding sa pgtour sa sweden klngan ng bank accnts,pay slip,hotel bookings,round trip ticket,employmnt cert.. others info http://www.norway.ph.. and no need nbi clearance and medical in processing visa.. cathy gerona you can enroll to a training school like baking and request for enrollment cert..

      • Nat 08/26/2015 at 12:56 pm #

        Hi! I’m going to Santorini on October bec my sister picked this place as their wedding destination. I have the same problem po I’m not currently working, no income, no properties. I enrolled early in a review school that will start on November so I have proof that I will be back here in the Philippines but when I got interviewed yesterday in Greek Embassy I didn’t got the chance to present my certificate of enrollment. I felt like I’ve been attacked on questions regarding my financial means also, they didn’t accept the bank certificate of my sister which is my sponsor and told me that my requirements were incomplete. In the process I got so nervous, emotional and very hungry at the same time. I came from the province, travelled 5hours and arrived there at 7am got interviewed at 1:30pm wheeeew!(Note: magbaon ng snack!)Now I’m trying to be positive about the results but if anychance i get denied I will apply again and I will be ready for their questions next time. Hope my experience will help others who wants to get schengen visa.

        • Ghie 09/05/2015 at 1:33 am #

          hi,mind to share the result, please :) Greek Embassy is one those embassies that are strict on giving visa.

        • Sskyla 09/28/2015 at 10:49 am #

          Hi Nat!

          May I ask why they didn’t accept your sister’s bank certificate? Aside from the bank certificate did you present any Affidavit of support from your sister? If not, probably that’s why they didn’t accept your sister’s bank account.

      • Kinberly 08/26/2015 at 5:49 pm #

        Hi shiela! Ask ko lang if student ka na mg vivisit sa tita mo kailangan mo pa ba dapat ng bank account? Dba ng apply k din as students. Need answer please. Thank you.

        • ylai87 09/20/2015 at 10:07 pm #

          If yun sponsor mo is yun tita mo no need na…:)

        • ylai87 09/20/2015 at 10:19 pm #

          Ms. Joy need tlga ng visa if ppnta ka europe need yan kahit weeks o ano pa.. if lalabas k ng country need ng visa tlaga for immigration check..

    • ROsie 09/21/2015 at 9:59 pm #

      We almost have the same problem, but mine is worse. I have a Hungarian boyfriend, we have not meet yet. He can’t find a long vacation to go to Philippines because of his busy work. So he decided to take me in Hungary for vacatiion this year. WE HAVE NOT MEET YET for sure if I apply for visit visa, I will just waste my money. What is the best way to have a visa ? I have no work too. Pleeaasseee help me… we really want to be together. :(

    • mis 09/24/2015 at 2:21 am #

      Hi, dont get so worried. Relax!.. I had done my interview and applications smoothly. I can barely support my life in Philippines. in short wala akong big amount of money for BS(Bank Statement),, i just submit my payroll statement (3months) with a balance of Php1000.00,,, Ang point lang naman ng interview is kung totoo ba talaga na may relationship kayo, 2: kung kaya nya financially suportahan ka during duration of stay, 3. na established na ang relationship nyo na kahit magkalabuan kayu sa abroad, hindi ka mag-nganga dahil he will stop supporting you… so, Relax lang kung alam mo naman na wala kang hidden agenda.
      EU is very strict at ang taas ng standard nila, so, if you can afford you are welcome,, dahil kapag walang pera dito, mahirap talaga. And lastly, kung c bf naman ang mag shoulder, malalaman naman nila ang capacity ni bf, centralized lahat dito sa Sweden. so, tanggalin mo worries mo, kc si BF naman ang fallback kung anu man ang outcome ng interview mo. Lycka till!

      • AbbyA 10/16/2015 at 11:05 pm #

        Hi mis! Of all the comments here, i find yours very relevant to my dilemma. haha! hope you can help me.

        I have a Swiss boyfriend. We met in HK and have known each other since 2005. We have exchange of emails. It was only this year that we finally decided to take a a chance of being together since 2005. I told him that it is my ultimate dream to see Paris and Rome. He said he can make my dreams come true and asked me to check out the process of how I can tour in France, Switzerland, and Italy and he will shoulder all the expenses.

        Here is my situation:

        I am single with 2 kids.
        They are both enrolled in a nice school.
        I am currently employed in an American bank.
        I can produce leave of absence, return letter notice. Proof of my current position and responsibilities I hold.
        I only have a savings account thru my company. My bf is willing to transfer funds I would need for the trip.
        I don’t have credit cards.
        I have a valid passport.
        I have traveled to BALI (July) and HK (March) this year and have traveled several places in the Philippines: Corregidor (Feb), Bohol (Aug), Cebu (Sept), and Bicol (Oct).

        My BF has a stable job
        He can finance my trip: ticket, hotel, tour, insurance.
        He will accompany me thru out my trip.

        I plan to visit him on Feb 2016 for 2weeks only and must return to work to meet my deadlines.
        We will be staying mostly in Paris.
        He will plan my itinerary since he works.

        1. Are these sufficient for me to get approved for a Schengen Visa?
        2. Should I apply thru Swiss Embassy? or French Embassy?

        Hope you and Ms. wanderlass can help me. I will follow your advise.

        Thank you and Godbless to eveyrone!

  30. rizza 07/11/2015 at 9:40 am #

    Hi Rob,
    I just wanna ask how can i set an appointment to apply a schengen visa to switzerland?

    • JK 08/04/2015 at 6:05 am #

      Sorry but Switzerland is not in Schengen Area

    • Siz 08/06/2015 at 7:50 am #

      Switzerland is a part of schengen area, you just have to check if they have swiz Embassy in manila and bring necessary documents… But have your appointment book before going there..

  31. Yang 07/10/2015 at 12:08 pm #

    Good day Sir / Madam!
    I would like to ask question about getting Schengen visa..i had a record of denied schengen visa for Norway last June 2012,i re appeal it but still refused,then my ex boyfriend decided to left me because he said its very hard to get a Filipino from here in the Philippines so he just want to find a Filipino woman who already in there in Norway and now they are married,it was so bad because the embassy so strict in issuing the tourist visa thats why my ex boyfriend find a girl there..and now i have a new boyfriend from Germany i think i am hopeless in getting tourist visa now because of my experienced,.is my refused schengen visa in Norway will affect when i apply shengen visa for Germany?.about the requirements i completely submitted to Norway embassy before but still denied..the reason of the the norwegian embassy that i am single dont have any kid to come here in the Philippines,and they said that i might settle the relationship there in Norway..so i am hopeless now even i have small property here in the Philippines..my question is ,do i still have a chance to have a schengen visa for Germany even i have a refused visa record in Norway before?,can you give me advice how to have a posssible schengen visa in germany?,,thank you and more power!
    God bless!

  32. jubidoo 07/08/2015 at 3:10 pm #

    hi there i applied may 19, 2015 and they send me this yesterday on my email

    “Your passport is now ready for collection. You may now pick up your passport at the Visa Application Centre where you lodged your application. Our pick up time is from 2pm-4pm (Monday-Friday).”

    theres no assurance if my visa grant or denied wew! is anyone here experience this and whats the result?

    • Keilah 07/21/2015 at 5:20 pm #

      Hi, just got my schengen visa 2 weeks ago. And yes, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s approved. You have to go there and pick it up. It’s enclosed in a white embassy envelope. Just open it and turn your passports page. You’ll find it there.

    • Cathy 07/28/2015 at 1:05 pm #

      I received thesame email too today, i am nervous, hows your visa is it approved?

    • Cassin 08/17/2015 at 5:40 pm #


    • Anna 09/26/2015 at 11:18 am #

      I am applying schengen visa for Austria and I received the same email yesterday! How was your visa? Share Please! Thank you :)

      • krystn 09/26/2015 at 5:59 pm #

        anna. how was ur application? did u have a sponsor? if the sponsor will be going with us to austria (austrian national),

  33. K 07/03/2015 at 5:25 pm #

    Hi, my friend recently applied for a Schengen Visa (France) and was asked to come back after 5 days to collect her passport. I have checked the French Embassy Website and it was stated that the decision has been made and if my friend was not contacted– my question is, does the embassy call you to inform you that your visa’s been approved or do you just go to the embassy on your scheduled passport collection date and find out there?

    • Keilah 07/21/2015 at 5:25 pm #

      They will not call you. You will know the decision once you come there for pick up, open the white embassy envelope with your passport in it. It’s sealed and is confidential so there’s no way the people at the office will know the decision.

    • Cassin 08/17/2015 at 5:43 pm #

      No,you will not be informed, you have to see for yourself, its a kind of surprise

      • roxy 08/24/2015 at 8:57 pm #

        how long is the processing? they asked me to go back after two days– i think its too soon? is like a screening then for further inquiries?

    • NJ2015 08/28/2015 at 9:11 pm #

      Was the application lodged at the French Embassy in Manila? I’m not sure if they changed their process between last year and in July 2015 but I just finished my application process and I did not receive any email nor was the result announced at their website. My passport was also not in a white envelop when I retrieved it from the embassy. My friend who applied last year had the same experience as mine.

  34. marge 07/02/2015 at 10:48 am #

    Hi wanderlass,need some advice pls.. My application for a visit visa in UK is refused..Do I have right to apply Schengen visa after im refused to uk visa?..Tnx for help.

  35. cecil 06/24/2015 at 8:13 am #

    Good morning,

    I need some advise regarding my situation..I am working as a nurse and I have a German boyfriend for almost 9 years. He wants me to apply for schenegen visa but I’m confused which visa should I apply for? I mean which better? A tourist visa or visiting a friend? (He’s going to shoulder all my expenses). I once applied for schenegen visa when I was in college but I was denied. I will try again this time and hopefully, it will be successful. I traveled to Japan last year.
    Thank you for reading and I hope to hear your advises..God Bless!

    • jhie 07/20/2015 at 11:26 am #

      if someone will pay ur travel and other expenses… submit the financial statements of the person or the sponsor .. instead

      • cecil 08/13/2015 at 10:21 pm #

        Hello Jhie, Thank you for the reply..and thank you for sharing information. Appreciated it a lot..;)

    • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:49 am #

      You will be staying with him no?In that case you apply for meeting friends visa. Tourist categeory is meant for people who arrange their own accomodation (hotel) etc.

      • Stars 07/27/2015 at 10:09 am #

        Hi rob. Hi. Me and my mom just applied last friday (july 24,2015)for 61 days of visa. Her long time friend for 35 years invited us for her and her partner 50th birthday. I am just worried because they might rufuse to give us visa because the processing time would be not enough. Our departure date would be on august 6, 2015. Possible pa kaya na mabigyan kami ng visa?

      • cecil 08/13/2015 at 10:16 pm #

        Hi Rob, Thank you for the reply..
        I will be staying with him. Thank you for giving me idea. Appreciated it a lot.

      • Zel 08/26/2015 at 12:28 pm #

        Hi Rob, I got visa last April from Netherlands Embassy, I was given for 30 days but stayed for 25 days. My fiancee wants me to spend christmas and new year vacation there again but since next month we will apply and doesnt have the documents from him like invitation and bank slip etc what if I submit a scanned documents from him. Will that be accepted if ever? Thank you!!!

      • helenelimguangco 09/10/2015 at 11:31 am #

        hi Rob,
        Im Helene, been backpacking around Asia for year and blogger. Unemployed. Got denied with Aus visa recently. Reason: visit to australia is not genuine. Now, me and my backpacker boyfriend who will be finishing his work holiday visa in Aus decided to try traveling in EU together. We’re both doing Couchsurfing, volunteer stuff and other cheap means to travel. Is there any chance I could get one? Bank certs, no problem. Properties–none at all. Business permits-zero. Is it easier to get it in Norway embassy since he’s Finnish. Or would you recommend Netherlands. Or totally skip EU hahahaha! Although I can use my dad’s business papers.

        Thanks for taking time reading my post!

        Best regards and good luck to everyone!

  36. jjnes 06/20/2015 at 12:44 am #

    ps. sorry about my english on my post comment before .. :) godbless ..

  37. jjnes 06/20/2015 at 12:43 am #

    hi, i just apply for schengen visa in france embassy last june 11 and i was refuse to get a visa coz the reason is about that my intention to leave the member state before my visa expire is not ascertained.. my husband was australian .. our plan was to meet in france coz he have a business trip in france but he doesnt hold a business visa just tourist entry .. i was thinking of to make a complain or appeal .. but it will take two months .. is it possible for me to reapply again without making any appeal .. my husband next trip to france he will be working in france we will fly this end of the month of july in australia for him to get a visa .. what else documents do you think i can use to make sure to them that i will be back here in phil. i have three kids and which is still small i wont be able to bring if i travel ..

    • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:41 am #

      You can re-apply, appeal or do both. If you re-apply be sure to show good reasons to return (job, family ,property you own ,positive travel history to other countries, letter and passport copy of your partner expaining your plans etc. etc.).

      • jamie 07/22/2015 at 8:36 pm #

        hi, i was denied for the same reason.. though i have job here in the phil, i do not have property under my name.. the land property that belong to my familty is still under the name of my great grand father.. i wonder if this said land title will do to present to the embassy for my reapplication? is my status as single and working as a nurse affected my previous application? thank you :)

      • Xyza 08/09/2015 at 10:03 am #

        Hi, Rob! I am about to apply for my tourist visa on September at the French embassy and I have some questions to ask. The purpose of my trip is to visit my family and spend Xmas with them. My mother is married to a French national and they got married and lived here with us for almost a year. They recently left the Philippines to reside in Bretagne. Her husband will be the one sponsoring for my whole trip, he will be sending me the invitation letter/attestation as well as his bank statements and ITR. With these documents, do I still need to provide my own bank statements? I have a savings account but it does not contain a very large amount. How about the certificate of employment? Because I work online from home thus a COE would be unavailable. Also, I have copies of their family book and marriage certificates as proof of relationship with the host. I am a little stressed about these because they might cause a visa denial.

  38. Jana 06/19/2015 at 10:03 pm #

    Hi. I’m going to Czech Republic in October for a conference. My questions are
    1.) do i need to do “show money” even if the chairman of our department who will go with me will give a letter indicating that she will shoulder my expenses?
    2.) do i need to show a birth certificate of my son?

    Thanks and more power

    • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:35 am #

      If your host shows that they pay all expenses (usually the host needs to supply some sort of form confirming this), then technically you should not need to show any proof of financial solvability but it does not hurt if you can show some cash (in the bank, credit or debet card) and travel with some cash in your wallet for unforseen costs etc. You can indicated that you host will take care of the expenses but that you have some cash yourself aswell. Just tick the box on the left (you) and right (sponsor) side where the form asks about who takes care of travelcosts , accomodation etc.

      • Yham 07/21/2015 at 8:47 pm #

        Hi Rob.I do all the papers I need now for the visa in France..but my problem is.. I am not sure if my boss will allow me to have a 90 days leave in my work..is the copy of leave of absence in my work is really need for this visa?I have ITR and COE..thank you very much..

  39. Reema 06/19/2015 at 3:39 pm #

    Hi! I have a visa appointment this coming week. This will be first out of the country trip. Will this be unfavorable to me? I mean, will this affect my application (i.e. not being granted visa)? Thanks!

  40. belle 06/18/2015 at 3:09 pm #

    Hi! Im a Filipina, who’s planning to visit a friend in Norway. Is there anyone here who’s been in Norway already and have Schengen Visa. What are the requirements in applying? Thank you

  41. Gerome 06/16/2015 at 8:25 pm #

    Hi Rob!

    I have a girlfriend (filipino, we’ve been together for 7 yrs) who is currently taking her MBA program and will be graduating in Switzerland in August. I am planning to attend her graduation together with her parents. I can provide all the requirements. Our roundtrip tickets are already paid, we already have an itinerary, hotel bookings, eurail pass, even a letter from the school certifying that she is enrolled there and inviting us to attend her graduation. My only problem is that i dont have an ITR since i am working in my father’s company (single prop.) for almost two years. Her parents dont have a problem since they are frequent travelers. They have visas from the US, Japan, Korea. Her mom has been to Europe twice or thrice already. Most likely they will be issued one. How about me, what are the chances of me getting a visa? Do i still need to file for an ITR? Hoping for your response. Thanks a lot.

    • marie 07/28/2015 at 10:05 pm #

      Your girlfriend’s school is Gates Professional School?

  42. Allan 06/14/2015 at 9:52 pm #

    Paano ang proof of employment kapag network marketing ang source of income?

    • jhie 07/20/2015 at 11:12 am #

      ask your gen mgr or accounting dept to do that for you. and request a letter that u are a distributor of the comp.

  43. Mitch 06/11/2015 at 5:13 pm #

    Hi everyone.. just want to share one thing that I think will help a lot in having a schengen visa approved. I have been denied once and this is the paper that i missed, I re-applied with this paper included in my documents and I got approved. I just got back last January from France and wll be travelling back this ciming July 8. What paper am I talking about? It is a letter of invitation from your sponsor and not just a letter, it must be notarized by a solicitor/lawyer.. I also had my on cover letter notarized. And I am confident that this really was a great help… Invitation and cover letters are listed in the requirements though it didn’t indicate there that you can have it notarized. I applied once with the letters un-notarized and got denied, I re’applied same set of documents, only difference is that letters were notarized and i got approved. Hope that helps… Good luck everyone!

    • rose b. 06/12/2015 at 5:01 am #

      hi mitch i would like to ask. you notarized them (letter of invitiation and cover letter ) here in ph right? or letter of invitation needs to be notarized from the sponsor’s place?

      • Mitch 06/13/2015 at 6:45 pm #

        It’s both.. I got my cover letter notarized here in the Philippines and he got the invitation letter notarized from a solicitor/lawyer in France

        • maemae28 06/20/2015 at 2:30 pm #

          hi mitch,
          i would just like to ask what kind of cover letter you did? and how can i have that?

        • Cebu 07/05/2015 at 9:49 pm #

          hello Mitch…i would like to ask, the invitation letter u have is an original copy or just scanned ? if he send it to u the original copy by how? and how many days u received it ? u apply it by urself or u used a travel agency to help u process ur papers ?
          MY BF is inviting me to come in France and i really don’t know where to start, i really need help.

          • jhie 07/20/2015 at 11:24 am #

            inquire at blue horizons travel And tours cebu branch pls google it. they will help u when it comes to travel

    • Jiona 06/22/2015 at 11:55 am #


      Ask ko lang po what if wedding yung pupuntahan sa Greece pero ung ikakasal hindi rin nakatira dun pano po ung gagawin sa invitation letter?

    • Brenda 06/22/2015 at 12:41 pm #

      Hello Mitch..schengen visa is your first visa application or not?
      Because at the moment I am preparing all my documents for schengen visa(Greece)..But we travelled together for the couple months ..I have UK visa and turkey e visa’s(2)..Do you think they gonna give me a hard time for this?
      Thanks and hope to hear soon ..

      • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:39 am #

        A positive travel history to other countries, especialy western countries, is big bonus to indicate that you are a reliable person/traveller with no intentions to settle illegally. Be sure to point those foreign visas out to the embassy.

    • Sharina 06/23/2015 at 6:26 pm #

      Hi mitch
      I have a good friend in prague,czech republic shes a doktor and shes inviting me to come to her place maybe next month and she will support me everything what else i need to prepare for the requirment (i only have a passport i dont have money in my bank can u give me a help how could i get a visa to visit her….

      Thanks ahead

      • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:37 am #

        Most important would be showing reasons to return:a job, study, taking care of family, property that you own etc.toshow that you have too much in PH to leave behind and won’t become an illegal immigrant. For the rest, check the website of the embassy carefully and the general info given here on this page.

    • marisa 06/24/2015 at 11:25 pm #

      hi mitch Im just new here. Can I ask ?? What is the cover letter???

      • Ruth 10/10/2015 at 12:12 pm #

        HI guys.. I’m planning to visit Belgium on Dec. It’s my first time to travel I dunno what’s the first step I have to do.. Any suggestions please.. Thanks..

    • dimpz0629 07/02/2015 at 11:42 am #

      Hi I had interview June 29 at austrian embassy I think the most important factor is your strong ties in Philippines. I am waiting for my visa and I hope it will be approved.

      • Pergie 07/22/2015 at 3:18 pm #

        Hey, did they contact you for pick up? How long did it take?

    • Jm 07/03/2015 at 7:13 pm #

      Can you help me about the requirements needed for spouse visa in france. My husband is working in france now as military but he is a british national he wants me to join him in france. We are just newly wed. Hope u can help me. Thnx

      • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:56 am #

        If your husband is from the UK (or other EU/EEA country) and you are going to join him to any other EU/EEA country except the country that he is a citizen of, the application for a visa will be FREE of any costs, handled ASAP and with minimum hassle and paperwork.More info should be on the embassy website “visiting/joining EU spouse/family member” or check hte website of the European Union “Travel documents for non-EU family members” : europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/entry-exit/non-eu-family/index_en.htm

        • Stan 09/03/2015 at 7:42 pm #

          hi this sounds interesting, … im a brit/uk passport holder.. but live work in sweden..have done for many years but Always kept my British Passport.

          Im my case just to confirm.. would the g/f apply at the Swedish ( norway as sweden dont have an embassy in phils) and its free of charge ?

          Sounds strange..that no Money will be paid to any embassy .

          Have friends here who have thai g/f .. and they all came on Tourist visa and married had kids here..seems its easier this way than apply for permenant visas in phils—

    • Rowena 07/08/2015 at 4:49 pm #

      Hello mitch,

      My friend is inviting me to go to visit denmark,he will send me an invitation letter and i am applying next week,he did the invitation letter ONLINE,he fill out something. Do i still need to have a notarized personalized invitation letter coming from him? Is it better than the online invitation letter? THANK YOU

    • hanna 07/09/2015 at 6:25 am #

      Hey Rob :)
      I read most of your visa application advice on your Web. But case is a bit complicated, I have been dating a guy from Hungary for a year and some months now but we have never met in person. So we planing to meet this coming August , he has a very good job and I too have a good job.but my biggest worry is will I be granted visa if I say we have never met? How do we go about this? Help…

    • Aimmie 07/18/2015 at 7:15 am #

      Hello Mitch..good day..I am starting to collect all the documents I need for applying tourist visa in France.I have my 11 years working here in Phillipines and it’s easy for me to have the COE and ITR.but the problem is I am not sure if my boss will allow the 3 months leave and the reason is to visit France.Thank you for the big help..God bless..

      • Cassin 07/22/2015 at 10:23 pm #

        Hi aimmie, its your convincing power you should work out on,,i can’t help you out about your boss,your years of working would make him give you his yes,probably, i hope and pray to God that you will make it on your way to france,see you there!

      • Mitch 09/24/2015 at 10:44 pm #

        Hi aimmie,

        That is something you have to talk out with your boss. If your boss won’t allow you to go on leave for 3 months maybe you can meet half way and ask him what’s the maximum days that he can allow you to go on leave. And just settle to that I guess, since we don’t have much choice.

    • cathy gerona 08/20/2015 at 1:16 am #

      hi mitch tanong kulang sana pano pag unemployed ako kailangan ko ba talaga ng prove para bumalik ng pinas,,i dont own any properties ?ano ba dapat kung gawin?kasi mag aapply na ako next month pag dating ng papers ko?

    • Deborah 09/02/2015 at 8:28 pm #

      Hi! Your blog is so helpful but there’s just one thing that I want to ask. If I’m applying for a visa and my boyfriend is gonna be the one to shoulder everything, do I still need to present a medical insurance or can I just use his medical insurance? I would really appreciate your help. Thank you :)

      • zel 09/25/2015 at 1:46 am #

        Hi Deborah, which country were you going to? I dont think medical insurance is needed when applying schengen visa, im not sure though if that is a requirement in the country you will apply to. But, travel insurance is one thing you really need even if you have your sponsor, you only need his bank cert or pay slip and copy of his contract to prove that he has a 12-months job per year.

    • Sid 09/11/2015 at 12:03 am #

      Hi Mitch. Thank you for this. I’m planning to apply for a visa too/ Did you apply for a Private visit visa in that case of tourist pa din? What are the complete requirements that you submitted to them? Have you submitted a certificate of employment,bank accounts or your sponsor will be the one to provide those? Thank you! Your help would be much appreciated.

  44. Josie Mempin 06/10/2015 at 11:00 pm #

    Peace and joy to you!

    I’m Josie from the Philippines. My sister who lives in California, U.S., invited me to join her in her trip to Italy next year. She will be spending for my airplane tickets and accommodation for my entire trip from Philippines to Italy and back.

    I’m 54 years old and I have a disability. I’m wearing external knee braces on both knees. I’m also using a cane to help me specially in going up stairs. I can walk but until certain distance only. I need to rest for awhile then can walk again.

    Since my sister will be coming from US and I’m coming here from the Philippines, I suppose we will just meet somewhere in Italy.

    It’s my first time also to get visa to Europe. I really don’t know where to start.

    I will appreciate it very much if you can help me with few suggestions on how to go about this so I can join my sister travel to Italy. It’s been my prayer to visit Italy.

    Thank you for your accommodation. God bless!


    • Rob 06/11/2015 at 7:04 pm #

      Hello Josie, it’s best to first read the information on the Italian embassies website. Include all they ask for, mos imoprtantly evidence that shows ties to PH (reasons to return back home) and include a letter explaining that your sister will go to Italy and that you will join her. Include evidence of yuor sister going there (travel reservation and bookings by your sister? letter frmo your sister etc.).

      • Gerome 06/16/2015 at 8:13 pm #

        Hi Rob!

        I have a girlfriend (filipino, we’ve been together for 7 yrs) who is currently taking her MBA program and will be graduating in Switzerland in August. I am planning to attend her graduation together with her parents. I can provide all the requirements. Our roundtrip tickets are already paid, we already have an itinerary, hotel bookings, eurail pass, even a letter from the school certifying that she is enrolled there and inviting us to attend her graduation. My only problem is that i dont have an ITR since i am working in my father’s company (single prop.) for almost two years. Her parents dont have a problem since they are frequent travelers. They have visas from the US, Japan, Korea. Her mom has been to Europe twice or thrice already. Most likely they will be issued one. How about me, what are the chances of me getting a visa? Do i still need to file for an ITR? Hoping for your response. Thanks a lot.

        • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:26 am #

          Try to show as much evidence as you can that shows you have a reasonable income and a job to return to. Ofcourse any other evidence aswel that shows reliability and positive travel history etc. Do not buy tickets untill the visa has been approved (that’s not an obligation of the EU Schengen rules and many embassies explitly warn you not to buy tickets utillyou get the visa), a reservation/option is sufficient and this minimized the financial loss incase of a refusal.

      • Sharina 06/23/2015 at 6:29 pm #

        Hi Rob

        I have a good friend in prague,czech republic shes a doktor and shes inviting me to come to her place maybe next month and she will support me everything what else i need to prepare for the requirment (i only have a passport i dont have money in my bank can u give me a help how could i get a visa to visit her….

        Thanks ahead

        • Sharina 06/23/2015 at 7:29 pm #

          Any info about my question help pls

      • hanna 07/09/2015 at 6:34 am #

        Hey Rob :)
        I read most of your visa application advice on your Web. But case is a bit complicated, I have been dating a guy from Hungary for a year and some months now but we have never met in person. So we planing to meet this coming August , he has a very good job and I too have a good job.but my biggest worry is will I be granted visa if I say we have never met? How do we go about th

        • Rob 07/21/2015 at 5:01 am #

          It really depends on the embassy, some countries will find it a big no-no if you never met and they find it odd or dangerous (for them!) that a PH (or any other nationality that generally has less money then EU citizens) to come to EUrope first. They much rather see the European go to PH first. But other embassies don’t really care aslong as your relation, travel intentions etc. are genuine. I don’t think the Hungarians are very difficult but I would not know for sure.Just be honest and read the requirements carefully. If you do not get the visa, try to gethim to come to PH first to meet you and try again later.Best of luck with the visa and your relationship!

          • hanna 07/21/2015 at 5:19 am #

            Aww thank you sooo much for replying the reply and advice! Actually that’s how we are gonna do it, he has to come meet me 1st. I don’t wanna have bad records in any of the schengen countries :)
            Thank u so much and God bless

          • alex 08/19/2015 at 12:33 pm #

            hi rob,

            im alex from philippines my friend in scotland direct hire me, with the job offer to by the company. by then all papers required by the company was complyied already. and the company process my work visa at the imbassy how long it will be go out the result.

      • Lay 07/13/2015 at 4:54 pm #

        Hi Rob, do you think its okay if my plane reservation has expired? I plan to email for reservation in july 22 to finalize my travel itinerary detail, my appointment is on aug 3. I think two days lang ang reservation. I just don’t want to risk being hassled by hurrying doing my papers a week before my appointment.
        Also if anybody can answer this.

        Thank you all.

        • Rob 07/21/2015 at 5:07 am #

          It depends on the embassy, some really don’t care a lot as a reservation is easily cancelled or changed anyway.Other embassies are real bureaucratic monsters who do care too much.If you want to be 100% save then get a new reservation or ask the embassy.In the future people will not need an airplane reservation anymore, the European Union and most EU countries want tomake the rules a bit easier and removing the reservation requirement is one of those plans. May take untull 2016-2018 before the new rules are accepted and come into force.Just an indication that some pieces of evidence (ties to home country, sufficient money etc.) are more important then others but try to be complete with your application if you can.

  45. Jhovan Santos 06/05/2015 at 11:08 pm #

    Hi Rob and Wanderlass,

    I applied for schengen visa last week and i already received my visa yeaterday. The information on this blog is really helpful. I have a problem though. I was only approved for 1 month with 15 days duration and not 6 months with 3 months stay. I don’t have issues with that but unfortunately i need to undergo operation to remove my tonsils. I would really want to do it before my flight and with that i wish to move my flight to Sept instead of August and extend for 10 more days. Since i already have my visa what else can i do to move the validity and duration of stay? I am really hoping you could give me an advise on what to do next. Thank you.

    • Rob 06/11/2015 at 6:58 pm #

      It’s best to contact the embassy and explain your situation. If you are not satisfied with their response you could appeal (usually within 4 weeks or one month after the visa has been issued).

    • AmazingGrace 08/06/2015 at 12:42 pm #

      Hi jhovan, you said that you just applied for your visa last week and received your visa after that application, does it mean that you didn’t had the interview? Please correct me if I’m wrong. Thank you

  46. ppbbaa 06/05/2015 at 11:16 am #

    Hi Rob! I am still a (graduating) student and planning to go to Germany to visit my boyfriend. They are currently processing the formal obligation/invitation as I do not have sufficient amount in my bank account. His family, specifically his parents, since he is still a student as well, will shoulder the trip and the accommodation. Do you think this will be a sufficient proof as an alternative for the bank statement that the embassy is asking?

    • Rob 06/08/2015 at 1:36 pm #

      It should be enough if his parents sponsor the trip, though I don’t know the exact paperwork required. Commonly memberstates will ask for employement papers, salary slips and some form or letter in which the sponsor indicates that they will sponsor the foreign visitor. But surely you’re boyfriend and his parents have read the German requirements properly and supply you with all the neccesary documents. Don’t forget that you must still make your timely return evident though by showing as many ties to PH as possible (work, study, owning property etc.).

      • ppbbaa 06/09/2015 at 2:05 pm #

        Thank you for this! Also, do you have any suggestions where I can get reservations for a roundtrip ticket? And how much does it usually cost?

        • migs 06/20/2015 at 3:17 pm #

          Hi ppbbaa,
          You can get it to any travel agency. i get mine for p500

      • jhoydaren 06/14/2015 at 12:10 pm #

        Hi Rob can have some question? Hope u can help me, I’m just first timer as tourist do u think I am possible to approve my schengen visa? Want to go to Belgium, and how much do u need money in ur bank for travel, and do I need to get travel insurance first before my appointment? Or when I approve my visa, is it refundable? And I’m just self employed, I have small grocery store and direct selling of cosmetics, if I can get all the requirements do u think I have a chance? Pls, need ur advice, kipsafe and godbless

        • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:20 am #

          How much money you need is different for every Schengen state and your situation (staying with friends/family or staying in hotels). For Belgium if staying in hotels you need 95 euro’s per day. For the Netherlands 34 is enough, so there is a big difference between memberstates ranging from around 20 to nearly 100 euro’s per day. You will need travel insurance in advance (unless explicitly instructred otherwise by the embassy) and all accepted insurance companies should have a “no visa, insurance fee back minus administration costs”.

          If you show that you have a nice income and more importantly that this and other things are good reasons/obligations to return back home, then you should have a very good chanche on getting the visa. Showing ties (reasons for return, thus no illegal immigration plans) are very important. Owning property, taking care of family etc. are all things that count. As ofcourse positive travel history to other countries.

          • cris k 07/27/2015 at 3:27 pm #

            Hello Rob,

            Do you think the inflow and outflow of money in the bank statements affects the visa application? I have more CASH ON HAND than CASH IN BANK.. and if i needed to show money thru bank account, i am very willing to deposit my cash on hand to the bank.. do you think 150,000 will be enough for a 10 days trip? flight tickets and hotel reservation not included in the 150,000 pesos. How much do u think i need to show as “show money”? and how should be the inflow and outflows of money look like in the bank statement? Thanks!

      • jhoydaren 06/14/2015 at 12:59 pm #

        And one more thing pls, if I attact a poof that I’m coming back to Phil is it wrriten in hand or type print like that, pls help me sir rob

        • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:22 am #

          It should not matter, though a computer written text is ofcourse easier to read. You may need or wish to sign it with your name and signature to indicate that it was you that wrote the letter.

      • cathy gerona 08/20/2015 at 1:49 am #

        hi rob ask kulang ano po bang dapat kung ipa kita na prove na babalik ako ng pinas..kasi wala nman akung work,i dont study too..sana ma tulungan mo ako ma apply ako next month sana…sa visa nga applyan ko ay visiting boyfriend////?

  47. ANNA 06/01/2015 at 4:27 pm #

    HI Im planning to pass all my requirements end of June this year,,can i state on my leave of absence the date will be oct- nov?really it should be 3 months you can travel UK before your application?

  48. vianne 05/30/2015 at 7:43 am #

    Hi. Im a doctor and a first time traveler to the schengen area. I have a convention to attand in madrid but im planning to make a trip to paris first before going to madrid. I have an invitation letter from madrid convention. Im also a government employed pediatrician. Should i declare that imconnected to the government?some advised against it. Will going on a sidetrip before a convention be good or bad for my application? Im going on a sidetrip first because i have to come home early for my daughters birthday.
    P.s. Travel history only SG and HK.
    Thanks in advance

    • Rob 06/05/2015 at 1:21 am #

      Including evidence of employement would be very important, so they can see that you have a job to return to and that you have an income to finance the trip. If it is a private or public job should not matter. So ofcourse you include evidence of your employement as a government employed pediatrician. I’d also include evidence of the convention (a brochure? a print out of the webpage of the convention or company behind the convention), the invitation, and a letter briefly explaining what you are planning to do (why are you attending?) and that you will return by date X to continue your work back home.

      • vianne 06/05/2015 at 6:05 am #

        Thanks. Wish me luck :)

      • ppbbaa 06/05/2015 at 11:15 am #

        Hi Rob! I am still a (graduating) student and planning to go to Germany to visit my boyfriend. They are currently processing the formal obligation/invitation as I do not have sufficient amount in my bank account. His family, specifically his parents, since he is still a student as well, will shoulder the trip and the accommodation. Do you think this will be a sufficient proof as an alternative for the bank statement that the embassy is asking?

      • marg lim 06/07/2015 at 10:23 pm #

        hi rob…i am planning to apply for a schengen visa at the netherlands embassy this july. i am no longer working for over a year to be my mothers full time companion and private nurse. my last travel to the netherlands was in 2010 have been there 4x for a 3 month stay each visit. i will be travelling this time with my mother who is an american citizen. my mom’s sister is our sponsor. i am a 40 yr old single woman and i do have some investments here in the Philippines. ..what are the chances of me getting a visa this time? thanks a lot-marg

        • Rob 06/11/2015 at 7:01 pm #

          Your positive travel history to the Schengen area and other (western) nations wil be of great benefit to show that you are a genuine and bonafite traveller. Briefly explain your situation and plans (just as you did here) and you should be alright. Ofcoruse include any evidence of things that do show ties to PH. The Dutch are quite relaxed so you should be alright.

          • Marg lim 06/12/2015 at 9:38 pm #

            Thank you for your immediate reply. I’m a bit anxious this time as this would be my first time to submit my application in person at the dutch embassy in Manila since the consulate here in cebu was closed last year. I d like to know if it would be the same processing time and procedure? I have already paid at the unionbank. Pls advise. Thanks a lot

          • Rob 06/12/2015 at 10:56 pm #

            Hey Marg Lim, processing should be pretty much the same:
            1- you make an appointment either via VFS for a service fee or directly via the embassy without service fee. Appointments need to be granted within 2 weeks of the applicants request unless ofcourse the applicant prefers an other date anywhere between 2 weeks and 3 months in advance of the intended departure date.
            2- You show up at the embassy (previously also at the consulate)
            3- They accept your paperwork, ask a few questions (often called an “interview” even though this should usually just take a few minutes), you pay the visa fee (equivalent of 60 euro’s).
            4- Since 2013 or so the Dutch embassies in Asia sent all applications to Kuala Lumpur. The embassy is just a front office that takes in the paperwork and hands it back out (or has it shipped to the applicant via mail/courier). The back office in Kuala Lumpur has people who actually deal with the application. The whole process takes about 3-5 working days on average but could take as long as 2 weeks during high season. Applications that require closer inspection or are incomplete will take longer then this (30 days or 60 days max.).
            5- You receive your passport back (hopefully with the visa, or else atleast with a form explaining why the visa has been refused to which you can appeal within 4 weeks).

            I’m sure you’ll do just fine, overall your experience shouldn’t be much different from your previous applications, so you’ll do just fine and I’d expect you get your visa swiftly and without hassle. Save and happy travels! :)

          • Marg 07/08/2015 at 5:50 pm #

            Hi Rob…thanks a lot for all the informations. It really was a great help during the processing of my visa at the Dutch embassy..just got hold of my schengen visa a week after I applied, a 3 month multiple entry visa…best regards, marg

          • Rob 07/21/2015 at 5:02 am #

            Congratulations and have fun! :)

          • Marg 06/15/2015 at 10:26 pm #

            Thanks a lot rob. Hopefully I will be able to submit my application in two weeks.

          • ning 07/05/2015 at 4:47 pm #

            hi rob, my family is planning to come and visit germany next year. sa hotel kami mag stay duon kelangan paba namin kumuha ng sponsorship letter or invitation letter? how about ung insurance saan namin kukuninun?? i Hope you can help me.. salamat…. -Ning-

          • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:52 am #

            If you stay in a hotel you should not need a paper about providing accomodation, buy you may need a letter to show that the trip is alsopaid for by the sponsor(s). I do not know what the German forms on sponsorship look like though. Ofcourse insurance is always required.

        • Wina 07/10/2015 at 3:39 pm #

          hi marg. i have the same situation as yours. i am no longer working for more than two years now to be my parents’ full time companion. my friend invited me to join her when she goes to europe in sept. my aunt will be sponsoring my trip. did you also provide proof of your investments here in the Phils. aside from the financial documents of your sponsor? how did your application go? was your visa application approved? thanks in advance for your reply. -wina

          • Marg 07/20/2015 at 1:25 pm #

            Hi wina, got my schengen visa good for 3 months a week after my application. The interview went so well..they just ask for my aunts invitation letter from the Netherlands and my aunt finances. Also provided proof of relationship to the sponsor which is my mom and aunts birth certificate and mine as well. Towards the end of the interview the in charge ask for my bank certificates and passbook and investments but after a while return my copy of investment. I think they are particular with finances. I hope everything goes well with your application.-marg

          • Wina 07/21/2015 at 12:24 pm #

            Thanks for your very helpful reply, marg. took note of bringing my aunt’s and mom’s birth certificates as additional docs to support my visa application. :) crossing my fingers for everything to go well during my interview.

      • maemae28 06/20/2015 at 10:23 am #

        hi rob!
        im a filipina from cebu i have a swiss boyfriend who lives in geneva switzerland, im going to apply for fiancee visa for switzerland, do they require medical too for both of us like the other country required? do you have any idea whats the other requirements should i need to have? i really need help for this please…

        • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:31 am #

          Only the non-EU foreigner needs travel insurance. It sounds like you are applying for a settlement/immigration visa instead of a short stay visa. For settlement you may not even be legally required to get travel insurance (I know that NL and BE do not requireit for immigration visas) but ofcourse that is a risk incase something happens on your way to Europe or shortly after arrival. I do not anything about immigration rules for Switserland, each country can set it’s own rules for partner immigration etc.So the embassy or your partner can tell you more. I assume the Swiss government has a website on immigration which your partner can read, there may also be dedicated forums for Swiss people with a foreign/PH partner which help eachother out. Sorry that I cannot be of more help I’m just an enthousiast who knows a bit about short stay visas.

      • Wivina 09/17/2015 at 3:02 am #

        Hi. Finally got my visa from the french embassy. Tips of making it easier and hassle free, i went thru an agency with a visa consultant. So what does a visa consultant do? Shes the one holding all the requirements. Going from one window to the next. The only time i stood up was when i was called for biometrics and interview. True its a bit expensive but worth it if u dont want the hassle and stress.not an assurance of getting a visa, but more or less has an idea what to expect during q&a.
        Anyways, the only req i got thats NOT on the list in this blog is an affidavit of travelling without spouse. Im married and ill be going alone to france so they need that requirement.notarized too.
        Anyways best of luck and thanks for all the tips.reading this blog made it easier to understand esp for first timers like me. Goodluck everyone.hope your application would also have a positive response. Cheers!

      • Wivina 09/23/2015 at 4:38 pm #

        Goodnews. I got my visa. Multiple entry too. Anyways, just an additional tip, if youre married and trabelling without your spouse, a consent, notarized too, is needed in applying. Thanks for the help.

  49. curiouslad0002 04/17/2015 at 3:36 pm #

    Hi Rob!

    I am planning to visit Greece on July this year but I am not sure about the requirements since what’s written in this website: https://sites.google.com/site/grembman/ does not require proof of financial capacity of the person inviting me and other documents such as birth certificate. Since it is my first time to apply for Schengen visa i just want to make sure that I’m submitting complete documents to feel at ease. I would also like to ask about your opinion about my chance to most likely get a Schengen Visa with my status. I can provide them the ITR, the bank certification within 6 months with 150k for 14 days stay. I can also provide an approved leave of absence and some proof that I have work in the Philippines. I also have an invitation from my greek national friend with the government’s validation addressed to the consul. It is written there that he will provide food, place to stay and he will be responsible for my departure from Greece back to Philippines after the duration of my trip. I am mostly worrying if my show money is enough for this to be approved.

    Thanks and hope you can help! :)

    • Serena 05/22/2015 at 9:19 am #

      Hi! i am also applying for a visa to greek embassy for september travel. I will be attending a conference thus I have with me an official invitation from the organizer. I just got a job and my parents will finance my travel. Does the invitation guarantee that my application will be accepted?

      • Kai 05/25/2015 at 11:55 pm #

        Hi Serena,

        I also went to Greece for a conference last 2013. From my experience, as long as you follow the procedure and the requirements needed, a VISA will be granted to you. There are additional requirements though such as copy of passport / residence ID / school ID of the one who invited us (or the one who wrote the letter of invitation, I’m not sure). Better yet, ask the Embassy regarding the requirements – explain your situation that you are not going as a tourist but rather as a delegate of a conference. They are all accommodating naman :) Good luck!

        • Serena 05/27/2015 at 11:42 am #

          Hi Kai,

          The organization had gave me an official invitation. Nothing more. It’s Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA). Actually, aside from the conference, my friend and I planned a trip after the conference. Anyway, thank you for answering!

          P.S. Do I need to authenticate all my [original] documents here (refer to the link)? https://sites.google.com/site/grembman/home/new-authentication-procedure

      • Rob 05/26/2015 at 12:29 am #

        There never is any guarantee, you can only increase the odds of getting a visa by providing good and more evidence. An official invitation would be of help. Try including evidence of this conferance aswell (a flyer, print out of a website etc.) so they can see it’s all genuine and serious. As always, main thing is to show why you want to travel and why they can be sure you will return (a job, house, property etc. to return to) . Good luck

        • Serena 05/26/2015 at 8:35 am #

          One more thing, at the time of my visa application, I am only 2 months in my job. They needed an ITR. Do I need to provide one? Btw, this is my first job.

          • Rob 05/26/2015 at 1:46 pm #

            Always include evidence about your job, and most importantly that you will return to your job after your return. I assume you are sent by your company, they can provide a letter confirming you are going to the conference. If you are on leave, show that your job has given you permission for some time off and that you are expected to return by a certain date. A job is a good indicator to show that will be likely to return to PH.

          • Serena 05/26/2015 at 2:35 pm #

            Actually, it is an academic conference. Well, anyway thank you for patiently answering my/our questions. I am still waiting for my visa appointment.

        • Gerald 05/30/2015 at 11:28 am #

          Hi! I have a girlfriend (filipino, we’ve been together for 7 yrs) who is currently taking her MBA program and will be graduating in Switzerland in August. I am planning to attend her graduation together with her parents. I can provide all the requirements. Our roundtrip tickets are already paid, we already have an itinerary, hotel bookings, eurail pass, even a letter from the school certifying that she is enrolled there and inviting us to attend her graduation. My only problem is that i dont have an ITR since i am working in my father’s company (single prop.) for almost two years. Her parents dont have a problem since they are frequent travelers. They have visas from the US, Japan, Korea. Her mom has been to Europe twice or thrice already. Most likely they will be issued one. How about me, what are the chance of me getting a visa? Is there a big chance of approval since i am travelling with her parents who both have a great travel history? Hoping for your response. Thanks a lot.

        • Gerald 05/30/2015 at 11:29 am #

          Hi Rob!

          I have a girlfriend (filipino, we’ve been together for 7 yrs) who is currently taking her MBA program and will be graduating in Switzerland in August. I am planning to attend her graduation together with her parents. I can provide all the requirements. Our roundtrip tickets are already paid, we already have an itinerary, hotel bookings, eurail pass, even a letter from the school certifying that she is enrolled there and inviting us to attend her graduation. My only problem is that i dont have an ITR since i am working in my father’s company (single prop.) for almost two years. Her parents dont have a problem since they are frequent travelers. They have visas from the US, Japan, Korea. Her mom has been to Europe twice or thrice already. Most likely they will be issued one. How about me, what are the chance of me getting a visa? Is there a big chance of approval since i am travelling with her parents who both have a great travel history? Hoping for your response. Thanks a lot.

        • Riaslips 05/30/2015 at 12:47 pm #

          Hi Rob! My boyfriend appied for a Schengen Visa because he wanted to join the French Foreign Legion. He was denied though, and according to the letter, we werent able to state clearly as to when he’ll be leaving France. He’s planning on applying again or making an appeal. but what do you think is the right thing to do? Should we also buy a round trip ticket to show them that he’s really coming back to the Ph should he not able to pass the training ? please help.

          • Rob 06/04/2015 at 7:12 pm #

            I do not know how long the French take to deal with appeals or how often this is effective. These figurs can differ a lot between memberstates, some process appeals within 1-2 months others take up to a year. some nations have a good chanche of wining the appeal (with or without lawyer) and others have a succes rate close to zero. How long the French take the French should be able to tell you, and chanches of succes are probably known by French immigration/visa lawyers.

            If you aply again: never buy tickets untill the visa has been granted. It’s not a requirement so it adds little to your application and you might be stuck with useless tickets incase of a visa denial. It’s better to try and include more evidence for reasons to return: owning land, house, car, taking care of family members, any other commitments that make it likely that you will return. A return ticket reservation is already one official piece of evidence that contributes to showing willingness to return.

          • storm 06/25/2015 at 6:17 pm #

            I’m also planning to joining the french foreign legion..do not use it as a reason..make a new cover story

    • Tin 05/23/2015 at 7:07 am #

      Hi rob! I am a fresh graduate and my aunt’s grad gift for me is a trip to europe. What are the chances that i could get a visa. If ever, it will be my first out of the country trip. I am a bit nervous because i’ve been reading a lot of visa denials. Thank you!

      • Rob 05/26/2015 at 12:25 am #

        Hello Tin, that would depend on many things. Most importantly would be showing that you will return to PH and not settle illegally. For this you need to show as many ties and commitments with PH as possible. Such as a job to return to, family to take care off, owning land, owning a house, owning a car etc. A positive travel history to other (western) countries would also help. A return flight reservation is already one official piece of evidence (don’t buy a ticket untill the visa has been approved!). And include a short, clear letter explaining your intentions and that you will be sure to return as not to violate the rules and make future trips impossible/difficult. The officers simply need to judge from the paper that you meet all the requirements (so be sure you meet all requirements the embassy lists on their website) and that you are a genuine traveller with no bad intentions. Some embassies may be a bit more difficult then others. The Belgians and Norwegians for example refuse more then the Dutch and Czech’s. You should apply at the embassy that is going to be your main goal but if you are unsure yet you may wish to alter your plans so that you can apply at an embassy that is not known for being very difficult. .

        Visa refusal 2014 (source: EU Home Affairs website)
        Netherlands 0,9%
        Czech Republic 3,0%
        Greece 4,1%
        France 4,6%
        Austria 5,3%
        Spain 6,0%
        Italy 6,2%
        Switzerland 7,1%
        Germany 7,4%
        Belgium 8,7%
        Norway 9,7%

        Incase of a visa refusual you can appeal for free and sent more evidence, you could use a lawyer to help. Depending on the country in questions the appeal could take weeks or months and in some memberstates there is a good chanche of succesful appeal and in other’s pretty much zero. Or you could ofcourse apply again (at an other embassy?), but your visa refusal will be vissible for all Schengen embassies as it’s logged in the common VIS (visa information system) database. Best of luck!

        One thing I am not sure about: a package tour with a group might give you a better chanche then backpacking all by yourself but this would also depend on the embassy and how much evidence you can provide as a lone traveller (so show you won’t go work illegally in the EU or anything silly like that).

        • ESPT 05/28/2015 at 11:58 am #

          Hi! I just apply in Norway embassy manila recently may 19 then i just received a text on the 26th of may stating that I am rejected for my tourist visa application in sweden, Im wondering why they dont interview me on the day of my application they just collect the papers and other documents they need. They said that i have no proof that i will be returned after my visa’s deadline and we plan for appeal. any suggestions that you can give to help me. Is there any big possibilities to turn the decision into granted? Thank you so much. God Bless. More Powers.

          • Rob 06/05/2015 at 1:17 am #

            Interviews are usually quite rare.Commonly when an applicant shows up at the application desk the staff will ask a few questions, depending on the applicants history and purpose it could be as little as 2-3 questions or a few more if they need to know more. Questions such as “why are you going to…? What will you do there? What do you do here in ..?”. A more indepth interview could be done seperatly, in which case you’d be asked to come back for this interview.

            As for the appeal, this could be done by yoursel or by a lawyer. I don’t know about Norwegian law but in many European nations,people with a low income (for European standards) can receive compentsation/subsidy incase they need legal aid.A lawyer couldwork pro-deo (free) or at a low wagedue to the applicant (you) having a low wage (for EU standards). Sadly I don’t know how this works in Norway. I only know that the Dutch and Belgians have this sort of thing, and that applicants can appeal with a lawyer at a cost of 80-150 euro’s or so.

            Assuming you do the appeal yourself all that you can do is to try and counter the reasons they refused on. A return reservation is already one piece of officially accepted evidence, evidence of employment would be an other, owning a house, land, car, taking care of family etc. All this sort of evidence would show ties and commitment to return. As would a letter explaining your travel purpose and why you will return. These would be several points to indicate that you are a genuine travel with no ill intentions. The embassy would have nothing but unfounded speculation that you might stay. If worded well it would be several pieces of evidence from you versus zero evidence and pure speculation by the embassy which could mean that the refusal is overturned by the appeal department. For specific details you’d need to ask somebody who knows more about Norwegian policies, laws etc. You could write something along those lines in a polite manner in your appeal letter. There are bound to be some examples on the internet (?). If you can provide more evidence, then ofcourse do include this in the appeal to show that you are a genuine and bonafite traveller! Good luckand I hope you can get your visa afterall.

          • belle 06/18/2015 at 1:39 pm #

            Hi ESPT, im planning to visit a friend in Norway soon. What are the requirements they asked you once you apply? Thank you

          • Mon 10/01/2015 at 10:39 pm #

            H! Ahm, May I know if what proof of documents had you submitted, that you are returning to Philippines?

        • ning 07/16/2015 at 3:17 pm #

          Hi rob, which country in europe gives a shemgem visa easily? Thank you

          • Rob 07/21/2015 at 5:11 am #

            In theory it should be the same difficult for all embassies.In practise it seemsl like the Belgians are one of the more difficult and Germany and Netherlands are not extremely difficult.Infact the Dutch approved 99% of all visas from the Phillipines in 2014. Obviously that country needs to be your main goal so looking into which country to apply for is really only an option if you are still unsure of where you want to spent your holiday. And if one embassy would get many fake applicants who only go there because they think its easy, soon it will not be ‘easy’ for anyone anymore. So just be honest and prepare well.

        • Theena 07/20/2015 at 12:42 am #

          Hi .. im applying for spouse visa in belgium im really nervous my husband bring all the documents i needed
          he put me on his health insurance
          Documents on place to stay
          And latest payslip
          Since its visa d family reunitification

          Do i need sponsor letter from my husband or not…
          Thank u

          • Rob 07/21/2015 at 5:14 am #

            I do not know if the Belgians require it but it cannot hurt if you include it.Your husband should be able to find out if he checks the requirements carefully. There are also websites/forums for Belgians etc with foreign/PH partners which should have advice and experience about spouse visas.I’m not Belgian so I don’t have first hand experience.However the Belgian authorities are not really known for their flexibility or easy-going approach…

    • Rob 05/26/2015 at 12:40 am #

      Hello curiouslad0002, sorry for the late reply, I did not get any e-mail update. I’m not familiar with the details of a “visiting friends” visa for Greece. Often the Greek inviting party (friend, boyfriend, …) needs to get a letter confirming shelter and taking care of the guest, get this sent to you and include it in the application. Ontop of that would be the usual requirements, most importantly showing that you have a genuine travel goal and will return home to PH because of commitments here (a job, house, taking care of family,anything else that you wouldn’t want or could not leave behind you but make you return home, a letter fro you and your sponsor explainning your plans and that you pledge to return home and abide all the rules). You seem to be aware of all of this so you can only make sure you meet all the requirementst that the Greek ask, gather any evidence that show you won’t stay illegally and hope for the best. As for money: a sudden large amount of money in a bankaccount may raise questions (where did it come from?? could it be a loan which you would wish to pay off by working illegallyin Greece??) but if it’s clear that it’s your money and that you will use this (and your sponsors) funds to pay for the costs during your holiday you should be fine. How much money is needed is different from country to country, between 20-60 euro’s. I think Greece wants 20 euro’s per person per day? Good lcuk!

      • curiouslad0002 05/26/2015 at 2:44 pm #

        Hello Rob!

        I appreciate your reply. I was already interviewed last week and weirdly, after my interview, they asked me to sign a paper to include a date in which I would return back to the Greek Embassy personally within 5 days after my trip back to the Philippines. From what I understood, the Consul made me sign that since it is my first time applying for a Schengen Visa. I have no issue about returning in the Embassy since I have a very clear intention of only staying in Greece for vacation and certainly I will go back to the Philippines after it but I am just wondering, is that some kind of an assurance that more likely my visa has been approved already? I just want to get your insight about this.

        Thank you!!

        • Serena 05/26/2015 at 3:07 pm #

          To curiouslad002, how was the interview? Can you give me tips? My appointment to Greek embassy is on June 29.

          • curiouslad0002 05/26/2015 at 7:49 pm #

            Hello Serena!

            The interview was fine, she just asked basic questions about my trip, where i’ll go, why Greece, what do i do for a living and mostly things about my job. she also asked if i know anyone from Greece and if i am gonna travel alone or with a group. :D Then she just checked if i have all my documents and that’s all. i was interviewed faster than the others, i dunno if that is a good sign or not tho. But I am hoping I’ll get my visa soon. Good luck on your interview!

        • Rob 05/26/2015 at 6:50 pm #

          Asking people to report back at the embassy is common for some Schengen countries for the first (few) visas. It’s no guarantee that the visa will be issued though, that will really depent on if the embassy thinks you are a reliable/genuine traveler with no bad intentions. You seem to have prepared well so now all you can do is wait it out. Obviously when you do visit Greece, you will want to report back to the embassy. Future visas shouldn’t be an issue anymore then.

          • curiouslad0002 05/26/2015 at 8:04 pm #

            Alright, thanks Rob! I hope they’ll grant me the Visa i really want to see Greece. :)

          • Serena 05/27/2015 at 9:11 am #

            Thank you curiouslad0002 for answering! Good luck! I’m sure you’ll be granted a visa. Btw, when is your trip to Greece?

          • curiouslad0002 05/27/2015 at 9:30 am #

            Hi Serena, If they’ll grant me the visa, I’ll be in Greece on July 7th :D I am still worrying up to now. I just hope they see that I have clear intentions.

          • Serena 05/27/2015 at 9:34 am #

            Hi curiouslad0002!

            Don’t worry, you’ll surely be granted a visa. Update me on your trip! Hopefully we can exchange tips or whatnot regarding our travel to Greece! Thank you!

          • janelle 06/05/2015 at 6:56 pm #

            curiouslad0002..did u get your visa already? my scheduled interview in greece embassy is on June 9…i hope everything will be fine..

    • Surfboi 05/30/2015 at 1:55 am #

      Thanks for this blog again!!! I got my visa from the french embassy in 2012 and last week i applied at the spanish embassy and i got my passport with visa after 3 business days of my interview!!

      • chen 06/07/2015 at 8:11 am #

        Hi! Congrats for getting your schengen visa! I read you applied recently through the spanish embassy. Can you share your experience since i will also be applying my visa there. Do you have a host there in Spain? How was the interview?

    • Gerald 05/30/2015 at 11:26 am #

      Hi! I have a girlfriend (filipino, we’ve been together for 7 yrs) who is currently taking her MBA program and will be graduating in Switzerland in August. I am planning to attend her graduation together with her parents. I can provide all the requirements. Our roundtrip tickets are already paid, we already have an itinerary, hotel bookings, eurail pass, even a letter from the school certifying that she is enrolled there and inviting us to attend her graduation. My only problem is that i dont have an ITR since i am working in my father’s company (single prop.) for almost two years. Her parents dont have a problem since they are frequent travelers. They have visas from the US, Japan, Korea. Her mom has been to Europe twice or thrice already. Most likely they will be issued one. How about me, what are the chance of me getting a visa? Is there a big chance of approval since i am travelling with her parents who both have a great travel history? Hoping for your response. Thanks a lot.

      • migs 06/20/2015 at 3:45 pm #

        Hi Gerald

        Since you dont have itr try to send coe certificate of employment,payslip,business permit of your father’s company and a sponsorship invitation letter from your girlfriend with a notarized.
        Hope this help

  50. razzleberry 04/08/2015 at 4:32 pm #

    Hi, wondering why I can’t get through 1-900-1012200 and 1-909-1012200. I’m calling from the Visayas area. Has anyone experienced the same problem?

  51. Kristelleclarae 03/31/2015 at 3:32 pm #

    Hi good day rob! I would like to ask, what if i dont have previous (ITR) as indicated that you need your previous and current ITR to apply schengen visa is there any chance to approved my visa, but i have (business permit,bank statement,current itr,passbook) to show. Lastly, im planning to apply schengen visa by november 2015, is it possible to apply in advance if my trip will be this coming april 28,2016. Thankyou. :)

    • ACT 04/14/2015 at 3:55 pm #

      not earlier than 3months prior to your departure date.. so if april 28 is your intended departure you should count backward starting from your inteded departure.. :)

  52. lme 03/24/2015 at 5:42 pm #

    hello good afternoon,
    Just wondering why I got denied again? It’s my 2 times application to Belgium. I have been completed all the documents that they need but still they don’t consider it. My purpose of travel is to visit my boyfriend in Belgium and stay there for 90 days.
    what exactly am I suppose to do? Pls, I need your advice.Thank you in advance

    • Rob 03/27/2015 at 4:45 am #

      The reason for denial is given in writing, the Belgians give 3 reasons (usually one main one and 2 additional ones that are much less convincing). Common reasons are “no sufficient evidence of returning back home in time” , backuped up with “lack of concrete travel plan” and “unsure if this is a serious/genuine, relationship”. I am not sure but it might be that the Belgians want to see evidence of partners having known eacother for 2 years. Ofcourse you’d also need to show any and all evidence of reasons to return such as land, car, house ownership, a job or study to return to and other such things.

      Perhaps you and your boyfriend could try and get a visa for a holiday to an other Schengen country (but those will see the previous Belgian denials!) or, if they are most concerned about your return to PH, see of you can strenghten your ties to PH as a bonafide traveler by visiting other countries (a trip to Japan or Singapore for instance, thus showing that you won’t settle illlegally in countries that attract illegal workers).

      The Belgians are sadly one of the more difficult countries when it comes to visa for visiting friends/family. :( But you should be able to get a visa eventually so don’t give up hope.

  53. soaring leopard 03/22/2015 at 3:58 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass! I want to know how much possibility do I have in applying for a Schengen Visa? My husband is an American and I’m a Filipino, he wants us to travel to Europe for 3 weeks(France would be our first stop) while we are waiting for my U.S. Immigrant Interview in Manila. He will be paying everything incl. flights to more than 5 EU countries, hotels and activities. I have no job due to our pending US Immigrant Petition for now but I’ve worked in other countries and traveled to 16 countries (just in case both will help). In a scale of 1-10, 10 is the highest & 1 is the lowest, how much chance do I have here? I would like to know what can you say about my concern. Thanks in advance.

  54. Sarah Bautista 03/14/2015 at 3:00 pm #

    hi good afternoon,
    ask ko lang po by july 1st week pinapupunta akp ng bf ko sa Paris. but my problem is wala akong ITR dahil wala pa ako work, din balak ko na magwork before isubmit ang mga requirements ko, maaaccept kaya COE ko if ever bago pa lang ako sa work. Much appreciated po ang reply niyo. Thanks in advance.

    • ACT 04/14/2015 at 4:20 pm #

      better try it.. :)

  55. artee1100 03/11/2015 at 9:11 pm #

    Hi wanderlass. My wife and I were able to secure Schengen visas from the Embassy of Netherlands here in Manila last year. However, we only went to Paris due to a change in plans. Is it possible to apply for visas again from the Embassy of Netherlands? Will they hold it against us for not traveling to Amsterdam as originally planned? Will they be able to check that we didn’t go to Amsterdam at all? Sorry for posting 2x. Thanks for your reply.

    • Rob 03/18/2015 at 7:48 pm #

      You should be fine, because plans can genuinly change and that’s just fine. There is also no way for the Dutch to check if you didn’t arrive in France, stayed there a while, then visited the Netherlands for a while and departed again via France (because you changed your plans, found cheaper tickets etc.) . If asked, just be honest.

      • trulyzel 03/20/2015 at 1:00 pm #

        Hi Rob, what if we apply this week in netherlands embassy and we are expecting the documents to arrive this week like my hot’s invitation 3 months salary slip and other docus needed at the embassy. And what if the documents didn’t arrive on time, can we submit a scanned documents from him? Please reply! Thanks

  56. shella 03/09/2015 at 3:08 pm #

    hi magkano po kaya ang required na pondo ang ilalagay ko sa bank for possible approval ng visa?

  57. Katrina 03/08/2015 at 11:57 pm #

    Hi! Your entries are really helpful. I have some inquiries after getting denied for schengen visa last week via Netherlands Embassy. Main reason was due to weak socio economic ties in the country and that i dont have regular/substantial income despite providing COE from a reputable company. Given this what can you advise to re-apply via same embassy or is it possible to apply in another embassy? Im quite pressed for time as well since i purchased my ticket already :( Hope you can help. Thanks!

    • Rob 03/11/2015 at 5:33 pm #

      Sorry to hear that. But you most cetainly will need more evidence of ties to PH (work, house, car, care for family members, return flight ticket resevation, an accompayin g letter explaing your trip and vouching to return realizing the consequences of illegal stay are not fun to risk, etc. etc….). You need to apply at the country that is your main destination. All Schengen embassies have access to the same databse so all will be able to see yuor visa history (Dutch visa denial) so applying to an other embassy would most likely be a waste of time and raise questions (fear of visa hopping). Apply again (quikest) or appeal (can take 12-15 weeks).

      !! Never buy a ticket in advance or any other non-refundable costs!! Reservations are just fine, embassies don’t want you wasting money and thus advice against purchasing tickets etc. in advance!! I hope you can get the visa before your flight.

      • anrevachir 03/13/2015 at 9:11 am #

        Hi Sir Rob! I just read all your advise and I guess you can help me. I’m planning to apply a Schengen visa to Italy. Actually, I once applied last 2013 to accompany my younger brother and sister but unfortunately, the embassy denied me a visa. For now, I’m planning to apply as a tourist since my parents will provide me an invitation. I’m currently working at a resort and I’m wandering if I can use my employment status in applying a visa. I can also provide a land and car title as supporting documents. DO you think they’ll grant me a visa? TIA :)

        • Rob 03/18/2015 at 7:45 pm #

          If you provide evidence that you are employed and a job to return to (contract, perhaps a written and signed letter from your employer aswell?) and other evidence of things that bind youy you PH I’d think they Italians should have no reason to worry that you’d stay in Europa rather then returning to PH. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, so you’ll have to wait and see but I’d say you’d stand a good chanche. All the best and save journeys. :)

      • Fleet 05/24/2015 at 8:40 am #

        Hi Rob,
        I m German and want to get my Flilipina GF here for Vacation. She was tryin that before, but the german Embassy denite all, because they think she will not come back to Philippines. We have made, official Inviting, from here, Insurance for 3 Month, Round Trip Ticket and money in her Bankaccount. It was absolutley not possible to get this done. We have gotten our City Office as Help and they help us to makle a Remonstration. We promise with a big Amount of Money that she will leave again, so or so, she don´t get it and is 5 Month sad about that. Can you help us with this? I want that she can come here to see something else. Can you help us with that. Thank you and best Regards

        • Rob 05/26/2015 at 12:07 am #

          Sorry to hear about the visa denial, by the sound of it you did not provide sufficient evidence of “reasons to return” (such as a job/study to return to, property she owns (money is too easily transfered and a large unexplained sum of money in her account wil only raise questions and make things more difficult, now if she had a job and saved a lot of money all be herself things would be different but owning property -land/house/car/… would still be better evidence).

          Appeal time must have passed by now or you coudl have tried that (it’s free) and submitted more evidence and see if you could get the denial overturned.. Now the only option is to try again but with more evidence that shows reasons to return (a job to return to, owning property, taking care of family, any other commitments that she may have or would not want to leave behind), a letter explaining why she comes and why she willl return and that you promise that you will see to her timely return also help.

          And finally a general tip: Never buy a ticket untill the visa has been approved, a return reservation is sufficient evidence according the the Schengen visa rules (Visacode), many embassies advice not to buy a ticket so that you won’t lose money incase of a visa refusal. Such a return reservation is already 1 piece of evidence that works to making return to PH evident, together with other evidence you provide it becomes harder for the embassy to deny the visa as in almost all cases the embassy has zero evidence to assume illegal settelement so it would be several evidences in favour of return to 0 evidence and speculation from the embassy. Even if the visa is refused, an appeal (best with am immigration lawyer from Germany?) could very well work.

          Also consider applying for a shorter time frame and using the time between now and the next applicantions to get more evidence (visit her again, let her travel abroad to an other -western- nation for a short holiday such as to Japan to show a positive track record in her passport) etc. Best of luck!

        • ellah 05/26/2015 at 12:30 am #

          Hi there, we have the same situation.I am also a Filipina,and have a Norwegian BF. I have apply a schengen visa last March and fortunately “granted” after 1 day of waiting ;) I can give you and your girlfriend a lot of tips and advice for applying a schengen visa.You can mail me at shiella_rosendal@yahoo.com
          Im very much willing to help ;)

    • nzl 03/11/2015 at 5:40 pm #

      Hi Katrina, magaapply din ako ng visiting visa sa dutch embassy by this month. Intended depart is on May 28 , I am quiet nervous as I cant provide anything like certificate of registration from school as it is not yet open for enrollee 2015-16 although I am student really, all we are just going to do is to show them my bank account and to put enough money for the whole trip although i will have my fiancee as my host for the whole trip. Do you have host ba? Niezel_00@yahoo.com email ko, hoping to get in touch with you :)

  58. Bei 03/05/2015 at 6:46 am #

    Hi, I am now here in UK for a business trip. I am planning to go to Paris. Would you know how can i apply for schengen visa? are there any agency that i can contact to help me with this? thank you!

    • Rob 03/05/2015 at 2:58 pm #

      You can apply from the country one is either a national of or has long term residency. In exceptional cases (emergencies etc.) one can also apply from an embassy were one is only a tourist. If you are in the UK right now it’s rather unlikely that you will be able to apply for a Schengen visa, though you could try your luck and contact (phone, mail) the French embassy or (optionally) it’s service provider (which is less knowledgeable about all the rules though). I am going to assume that they will not accept an application though, which is most unfortunate for you, sorry. Wish they did visa applications at the UK-Schengen border (both ways)…

      • loi 03/09/2015 at 12:00 pm #

        Good day to all, advice nman po, About pag schengen visa going to Finland. In I invite ako ng boyfriend ko ngayung may to June sa manila.. Pwede na po ba ako mag apply ng schengen visa kht on process plng passport ko? march 23 palang po release nia..Boyfriend ko po ang mag shoulder ng expenses, anu po mga lapel kailangan ko kunin sa boyfriend ko? Sa side ko naman, anu mga lapel ang dapat kung ihanda? Wala po akung work. Mag iisang taon na kmi ng boyfriend ko pero sa camera lang po kmi nagkikita..May change ba na maapprove ang visa ko?..please I need your advice, first time ko po apply ng visa.. Thanks in advance..

        • ellah 03/11/2015 at 6:12 pm #

          Hi loi,mejo parehas tau ng case sis.
          i can help you.Na grant ang visa ko at paalis na aq ngayung march.Pwede kita bigyan ng mga tips :)
          Send me a mail at shiella_rosendal@yahoo.com

        • Rob 03/11/2015 at 9:19 pm #

          I speak a few languages but Tagolog is not one of them, sorry. ;) Guessing what you wrote I think you write that your bf is from Finland? In that case you can apply with the Norwegian embassy (Norway represents Finland for visa, as Finland has no embassy only a consulate), applying for a ” visit friends/boyfriend/family. Detailed instructions should be on the embassy website. Most important being you convincing the embassy that you will return (ties to PH: home, study, work, taking care of family , anything that binds you to PH) while your BF offers accomodation and financial guarantee. You can apply 3 months -or less- in advance.

          • blesselda armada 03/18/2015 at 11:52 am #

            hi sir rob im planning to go to spain this coming august,my interview at the spanish embassy is in april 28,i will use my husband’s bank statement and their family business permit since thats where we get our income,hes managing their business but the business permit is not named after him.and is 150k pesos would be enough as a bank statement?its my first time also to travel abroad.my husband will shoulder my trip in spain and i will stay there for 90days..is it ok if you email me sir blesseldaarmada@yahoo.com

          • Rob 03/27/2015 at 4:36 am #

            Hi Blesselda, I would gather as much evidence as you can that shows that 1) you have access to the money (bankaccount) and b) anything that can show the money is indeed your hubands and not for example some sort of donation or questionable background. Even more important would be ofcourse you providing any and all evidence of ties to PH (reasons for return), such as ownership of a house, land, work etc. that gives you good reason to return home. You would also need to show that you can indeed go on a 90 day trip (for instance: if you would be employed, who would have an employer granting a 90 day holiday??), or consider a shorter trip.

            I believe the Spanish authorities request nearly 60 euro’s (57) per person per day. So for a 90 day visit you alone would need 5130 euro’s, not a small amount! But if you wish to confirm I’d double check and e-mail the embassy.

          • Rob 03/27/2015 at 4:37 am #

            It’s best to apply with all documents or they may refuse to accept the application or seriously delay processing it. If you can, try to give a copy and explain that the original are onroute.

        • Sonia 03/13/2015 at 2:17 pm #

          Hi Loi,

          First, you will need to submit your passport when you apply for a Schengen visa at the Norwegian embassy (they handle the visa application for Finland), so wait until you receive your passport. Meanwhile, you can gather all the necessary documents as outlined on the Norwegian Embassy website. Here’s the link: http://www.norway.ph/studywork/visaandresidence/Visa-and-Res-permits/Schengen-Visa-Finland-Type-C/#.VQJ3t47LclV

          Second, since you haven’t met your boyfriend in person yet, it would be a little complicated. It’s required that you have already met him in person, either in the Philippines or outside the country and had spent time together, not just on skype or other similar platform. I think it’s better to use the checklist “visit other relatives/friends” and just tell them that you have never met him in person yet. Your “friend” may write in his invitation letter that he is inviting you to Finland so you could spend time together and get to know more each other etc.

          Third, being unemployed would suggest your lack of economic ties in the Philippines. I assume you don’t have children either?

          Honestly, your chances of being refused a visa is greater than being approved, but you may still try. Asked for your boyfriend’s invitation letter (although better write in the letter that you are friends getting to know more about each other), detailing how long have you known each other, how you keep in touch, and that he will shoulder all of your travel expenses. Ask for proof of funds e.g. bank statements. Be honest about your application.


    • elmaxxxenia 03/06/2015 at 11:05 pm #


      I now reside in Gibraltar (just this January 2015). Most of the Filipinos I know here travel from here to the UK. They also have a Schengen visa. I was told that when you apply in the UK, you’ll get your visa in just one hour. I think you need only to visit an embassy of one of the Schengen countries. Good luck!

      • tess 07/24/2015 at 12:55 am #

        hi elmaxxxenia,

        im planning to visit spain too. currently im here in canada working. my appoinmnt date will be on oct 2, 2015.

    • amy 03/09/2015 at 12:16 pm #

      Hello po

      Please can some help me?

      I’m a married from austria and we live for 3 years in Lithuania and also 4x I’m travel going there and back. When my husband pass away last January 2014 here in philippines. I never go back to Europe the problem is I lost my ID schengen visa.

      Can someone help me if I have a chance to going back there. What should I do? I start again in beginning ?

      Please help


      • Rob 03/11/2015 at 9:54 pm #

        You most likely don’t have valid residence in Lithuania anymore and therefor cannot go back but each country has it’s own rules so it would be best to check with the Lithuanians (embassy).

  59. annie 03/02/2015 at 4:50 pm #

    Hi, ask KO lng SNA kc po magppasa n aq ng application KO this week and I’m thinking kung ilagay q pa po b yung name ng friend q n manggaling Canada at magmmeet kminandbhe can shoulder the expenses. Or wag n po? Magssubmit nlng aq ng srili KO itinerary. At kung sakali n iiinclude KO sy Ano ponb requirements needed n ipasa? Thanks po.

  60. kim 02/28/2015 at 4:32 pm #

    ho i had my interview last feb 22, 2014 at royal Norwegian embassy(tourist visa to Denmark) and they said 3-5 days processing but 27th they emailed me that my application was sent to Danish Immigration for decision and will take up to 30 to 60 days. my cousin just had her interview last feb 24 and on 27th she got the result that she passed on new embassy of denmark. 1month have passed and its really scary waiting what would be result,,pls help me out to those have experience like me. Thanks

    • Eliza Alota 03/08/2015 at 5:53 pm #

      Hello, everyone! Would like to thank you to this site because it is a resourceful site. I asked here many times but no one respond me. What I did is just reading all the posts here. Thanks God. Schengen visa to Denmark is granted. Good luck to all applicants! All you need is just bring all the required documents in the checklists.

      • L 08/12/2015 at 9:13 pm #

        Hello Ms. Eliza,

        I just had my interview at the Danish Embassy last Monday (Aug. 10) for my Schengen visa application for Denmark with the purpose of tourism only. I am a university student & was able to provide all those certificates mentioned for student applicants, I also submitted a copy of my bank certificates & statements, my car’s OR-CR, and some other requirements mentioned (except for the employment cert). Last Tuesday, they texted me that my application has been forwarded to the Embassy for processing. I am worried what will be the result, this is my 2nd time applying for a Schengen Visa, the first was for Germany and unfortunately got denied. I also have all my documents (photocopy and original) notarized by a lawyer. I hope something good will come out.

    • Sonia 03/13/2015 at 1:26 pm #

      It will indeed take 30 days or more when an application is sent to Copenhagen for processing and decision. You just have to wait until the Danish Embassy inform you about the result of your visa application. If you had a sponsor, there is a greater chance of your application being approved.

  61. Jhoy F. 02/26/2015 at 9:01 pm #


    Applying po for Schengen Visa. Planning po kasi to go to France to visit my cousin. Aattend po kasi ako ng wedding nya dun. Nag plan po kasi ako for a month lang po ako mag stay dun. Nag process na po yung fiance ng cousin ko na yung nga for a month lang. Question ko po is okay lang po ba na mag stay dun longer atleast 2-3mos. kahit po hindi naman ganun yung sinbe sa paper and also sobrang kinakaban po ako eh. For everything po like papers, mga kailangan gawin and everything hahahaha.

    • Jhoy F. 02/26/2015 at 9:03 pm #

      If pwede dun ko nalang process na mag extend ako ng stay.

  62. Cassandra Björk 02/23/2015 at 8:40 am #

    Me and my boyfriend are planning to go to Dubai and we’re wondering if he should apply a visa? He has a philippine passport but he has been living here in Iceland and has a Schengen visa.

    • Rob 03/05/2015 at 2:48 pm #

      The nationality of a person decides if one needs a visa or not. Residence permits do not count. So if his nationality requires him to get a visa, he will need a visa.

  63. Elvie 02/14/2015 at 11:26 pm #

    Anybody here could give me insight,or some info, how to obtain student visa for Lithu ania, I had been doing my research and i recon lithuania has the cheapest fees compare to other EU countries.

  64. frncoma 02/12/2015 at 2:14 pm #

    Hi there! thank you for this!
    My questions is, if you call today for scheduling your interview, how long will it take until the interview itself? :)

    • Rob 02/12/2015 at 7:54 pm #

      You make an appointment (by phone, mail or online, which you may do either directly via the embassy or external party -entirely up to you-). The embassy MUST give an appointment within 2 weeks of the request. During the application the embassy will ask a few questions, depending on your travel purpose, history etc. it may be 1-2 or a few more questions to establish your purpose of travel.

      The visa will then be processed, this takes up to 15 calendar days, if further info is needed (such as being called over for an actual interview or more documents) it can be extended up to 30 days, and in extraordinary cases when further review is needed, up to 60 days.

      • frncoma 02/16/2015 at 7:56 pm #

        Thanks so much!

  65. Jon 02/06/2015 at 2:43 pm #

    good day I am planning to go to Luxembourg to visit my special someone this spring or summer (May or June 2015) which embassy should i apply for a Schengen Visa. the easiest and who can issue visa immediately. Many Thanks for the help and recommendation.

    • Rob 02/12/2015 at 8:00 pm #

      Luxembourg is generally represented by the Belgians, though in some places the Dutch or French do so instead. Best to check with the Belgian embassy first if they represent Luxembourg.

    • mrs.kieffer 02/18/2015 at 7:35 pm #

      Hi. Iuxembourg is under belgian embassy. I applied tourist visa last january 15 until now no email or update from embassy. They said docs will be sent to lux and they are the one who will approve the visa. Still waiting :(

      • mrs.kieffer 02/19/2015 at 10:07 am #

        Can i follow up on the embassy the status of my application? Its just taking forever and the waiting part is stressful. Can u guys tell me if i can call for updates? Thanks

      • wanderlass 02/19/2015 at 9:46 pm #

        i would call to followup

        • mrs.kieffer 02/24/2015 at 4:46 pm #

          Hi. I got an email yesterday and even a call to tell me that my visa is approved! Yeeeyy! Its long term so they asked me for one way ticket and travel and medical insurace valid for 90 days. What’s the cheapest one i can get? Thank you again.

          • Kamille 02/27/2015 at 11:05 pm #

            How long did it take for your visa to be processed? Im a long stay visa applicant too.

        • annie 03/02/2015 at 3:24 pm #

          Hi if I may ask po magssubmit n po aq this week ng application KO. Do I have to put pa ba s cover letter q na I’m also meeting a friend from Canada in Italy or Hindi na? Will they still check on that one? Ano pong requirements Ang hhingiin q s friend KO can u give me lists po pls.. Thanks..

        • Eliza Alota 03/03/2015 at 9:52 pm #

          hi.ms wanderlass n every1!. paano po ba malalaman na granted po ung schengen visa?

          pwede rin po ba mgkasabay ang visa at passport pabalik bigay sayo after how many days na process? Thanks po.

      • MsMarra Quiachon Ramos 03/01/2015 at 9:48 pm #

        hi, I will be having my appointment this month for a visiting visa .how was ur interview?

  66. blue 01/28/2015 at 8:58 am #

    Hi there,
    I don’t really know if this is even a valid question, pero pwde ba i-apply yung visa (schengen or any other visas), thru agencies? or kelangan ba talaga, ako mismo pupunta sa embassy or something? patulong naman. thank you.

    • ellah 03/06/2015 at 12:55 am #

      Heu blue,you have to go at the Embassy personally.

  67. Shane Flores 01/07/2015 at 12:29 am #

    can you suggest the cheapest airline for manila to milan? thanks!

  68. isagani 12/27/2014 at 12:24 pm #

    Ich heiße Gani.

    I just want to ask for those have had experienced an application for family visit visa to Germany.

    I have a cousin living in Hessen for almost 10 years now and got her A1 certificate she was married to a native Deutsch man.

    I just knew her 1 month ago we meet on facebook and we foundout we are related. We have the same family name and i tried to tracked back the rootedness of our family and gladly we are 2nd degree cousins.

    My deutsch boyfriend wants to invite me thtu my cousins invitation because he thinks that it might be easier to acquire a family visit visa than invitation visa from him because we haven’t yet met personally. So he is cooperating with my cousin to do the job and he will finance it.

    The problem was me and my cousin did not have a personal meet up as well. But we often chat on facebook showing our last name together. (i made some screenshots already)

    I have been denied last year in french embassy because of lack of proof that I’ll come back. But this time i am now owning a business which is 2months now.

    I will apply for an appointment soon and i intend to travel by march.

    I just want to hear some advices and tips because i have heard that German embassy was one of the toughest schengen state to grant a visa.

    I Don’t want to get rejected this time. Does the result from my french application will affects my upcomming application? I inted to have a 1 month holiday and i will definitely come back.

    Hoping for your comments and tips.
    Thanks in advance.

    • gheenn 02/09/2015 at 1:00 am #

      much better if young bf mo ang mag sponsor ng visa sau, kc if u have an any relative who live in Germany, mahirapan ka. ask ka sa bf mo na sya mag sponsor kuha sya ng obligation letter namay sign fram rathaus dun sa lugar nila na nagsasabi na icover nya lahat ng expences mo, and make it sure na yung bf mo nakapunta na here not only once but twice but once maye its okay, i’ve been in germany for 2 months only i just came back here last month at madali lng yung visa ko just for 2days may visa na ako after sa interview.

      • marchel 03/12/2015 at 6:07 am #

        hi patulong nman po… gusto din ako imbitahan ng bf ko from germany next year pag bakasyon ko ng pinas.. nasa jordan ako ngaun, bali ang mangyayari nun my 2 months akong bakasyon ng pinas ung 1 months spend ko sa family ko dun tpos ung 1 months sa germany sana.. peru pagkatpos ng 2 months na bakasyon ko balik ako dito jordan… tanong ko lng sana kung possible kaya na maaprobahan ang visa ko, ung bf ko ang sasagot sa lahat ng gastusin… kasi kapag jordan to germany impossible kasi d yata pwde sa pagkakalam ko ang lumabas ako ng ibang bansa na d kasama ang sponsor ko maliban sa pinas… kya ang mangyari uwi ako pinas, sa pinas ako manggagaling at mag aaply ng visa for germany then back to pinas and to jordan… anu po ang easiest way, pwede bang from germany to amman jordan na d na ako babalik ng pinas pag ka galing ko ng germany, possible po kya un, anu po ang mga dapt kong ihanda na recquirments? thank your the answer!

    • gheenn 02/09/2015 at 1:07 am #

      2 months na business is not ok. much better if u are student or maybo u enroll to a school and ask for certificate of enrollment same as what i did. sabihin mong bf mo but not fiancee if schengen visa lng ang kukunin mo.travel health insurance, confirmation ticket wag ka munang magbayad ha, reservation lng hanap ka ng travel agency na mabook ka ng ticket cost only 250, kc if bibili ka ng ticket at madeny ka sayang lng, wish u the best, plan ko ring bumalik ng Germany sa April magpaappointment na ako march.

      • ppbbaa 05/29/2015 at 5:49 pm #

        Hi gheenn, I am also a student applying for a schengen visa (Germany). I would like to ask if madali lang ba given na I’m just a student and don’t have sufficient finances yet. My boyfriend is already processing the invitation letter (obligation letter). Was it easy for you? And how did you do it? Thanks in advance!

    • Ms Joy 03/02/2015 at 6:13 pm #

      First, I would like to thank you wanderlass coz your blog is really of great help when it comes to travel concerns. I would like to ask you what if let say Schengen visa is approved. Can we change our travel dates and the number of days of stay and can we travel other state aside from the ones in our application?? Let say we decided to extend our trip instead of 5days to a week? Will it not complicate the travel dates and itinerary upon entry in the immigration?
      Thank you very much!

      • Rob 03/05/2015 at 2:52 pm #

        Yes, you can alter your plans aslong as you do not exceed the maximum stay (number of days) and stay within the validity dates of the visa aswell. Only if one has lied in the application will you be in trouble (ea: applying in Germany while you never had an intention to go there but only stay in Greece instead).

        • TrulyQueen 03/11/2015 at 8:03 am #

          Hi po, ask ko lang is there any chance na madeny ako kasi Fiancee yung nkalagay sa invitation letter eh. Sa dutch embassy kame magaay this month. Just confused now :( please help me po.

          • Rob 03/11/2015 at 9:28 pm #

            I don’t speak Tagalog, sorry. The Netherlands uses a “Proof of Sponsorship and/or private accommodation” (“Logies en/of garantstelling” ) form which the host (boyfriend) can use. An invitation letter is optional but wise to include. In it you two can explain the reasons of the visit and reasons for return more in depth. If the application is already being processed it’s probably too late to sent it now and best to wait for the result of the application. Consider an appeal (it’s fre but takes 10-12 weeks or so) if your visa is turned down.

        • TrulyQueen 03/11/2015 at 10:07 pm #

          Hi rob, what are the other possible documents that I can show them as proof that I am still studying although when we will apply it this month i cant show a new certificate of enrollment as the school just finished this week and enrollment will be the week before the intended date of my depart, i dont have work. Do you think it is possible to give them like enrollement record for my ojt this summer hut that will end hoping second to third week of may. :( i really need help po. We are going to apply tru dutch embassy

          • Rob 03/11/2015 at 11:14 pm #

            The Dutch are usually not that difficult, some paperwork that you are/have been enrolled and some papers that you will continue your education next semester should be fine. If in doubt bring any papers you think might be useful, the staff at the counter of the embassy can assist you with your application. ofcourse any other documents of ties to PH will help (house, land, car, taking care of familymembers). Include an accompanying letter written by you (and your sponsor if you have one) explaining your reasons for travel and reasons for return, noting that you are very much aware that overstay is something to avoid as it will make any future travels very difficult or next to impossible, so that you will certainly abide the rules, return to study and after graduate find a job in PH. Good luck!

          • TrulyQueen 03/12/2015 at 7:26 am #

            Hi rob, thank you for the help. I think I will bring them my certificate of enrollment of the intern for this summer although that will be finished for sure before i visit the ntherlands. I can give them for sure a copy of certificate of my enrollment for the coming school year once i enrolled before the intended leave to netherlands. But anyways, thank for the help. And i can tell them that i am not going to take this opportunity to stay there and become alien soon as by next year we will apply for mvv visa once i graduated by next year. :)

  69. siz 12/26/2014 at 8:26 am #

    Hi wanderlass merry christmas ! need KO LNG Sana ng help first timer mag apply ng schengen visa pa austria confuse at nervous ako. all expenses will be shouldered by my boyfriend at accomodation, nagkita na din kami maraming beses at may property na rin kami under my name tanong ko po ano ano submit kung documents at kailangan ba nka red ribbon lahat, need KO din ba ng birth certificate na authenticated kahit tourist lang wala tlga ako idea i hope u can help. wala din akong work dahilan ng on going ang construction ng bahay namin dalawa, wala din akong sariling business, meron LNG ako motor at deed of sale ng lupa. may pera sa bangko pero Hindi KO savings dahil hinulog nya yon pang gastos sa ginagawa naming bahay. pls enlighten me mag a apply na kami sa January dami kongg worries.. thanks po

    • Benice 12/26/2014 at 11:56 pm #

      Hi siz, i have information na mas madaling magApply ng schengen visa sa spain jan sa pinas.bf q from austria din,anu email add mo?

      • siz 01/16/2015 at 11:43 am #

        hi venice this is my email add sislee99@gmail.com can you write me pls? tnx

      • Loren 01/27/2015 at 3:48 pm #

        hi ms. benice. mag’apply din ako sa spanish embassy. if okay lang po makuha email add mo to ask few concerns. thanks!

      • Vee 02/02/2015 at 9:52 pm #

        Hi Benice, can I ask for your email add?..mag-apply ako ng visa for Spain…may concerns lang ako and I need some details for clarification…thanks.

        • Selyn143iluvu 02/05/2015 at 2:26 pm #

          hi i would like to ask about my concerns in getting a visa in austria. my boyfriend is an austrian. and he applied for a tourist visa for me. its been the second time we applied for a visa application over there but still i dont passed the visa for the second time. what is the problem with it? my boyfriend is the one who pay all the expenses for the visa, my trip and my stay there in austria. im just working part-time here philippines. im not sure why they dont let me passed. in the second visa application our documents are complete but i get nervous in the interview in the embassy and i said something wrong that dont fit to the documents. like with the job date. is that the possible reason also that i get failed.

          i dont own a house or a property here in philippines and i dont have a lot of money in my bank account. but my boyfriend newly opened that for me. it is really a big question mark that the reason they put that im denied is that they dont believe my reasons to come back. i tell them that i have my job for the reason i will come back here in philippines and i have my family too to take care of.

          i noticed they are not friendly over there and the way they interview me seems like they dont like me to go there. but at the end we dont really know with my boyfriend now what is the real reason behind i was denied in the visa. is there other thing possible we can justify it? and if it is really our fault what is the best visa we will apply for with my bf so that i can come there in austria. we already meet in person in the last year and we go together in the embassy but still the embassy still dont accept his appearance over there.

          of the fact also that he cant walk and he use a wheelchair. is it also the case the embassy wont let me go there because he is disable? can you please help me find out the right reasons why i am denied and what should be the best thing we will do next in another visa application and what is the right visa for me?

          • Rob 02/12/2015 at 8:06 pm #

            The reason for rejection is, as the paper you got states, them not believing you will return back home in time. You can appeal against this for free (within a month of the rejection?) As their doubts are merely a suspicion, you should have a good canche of overturning their rejection. Try to find any evidence that binds you with your country: taking care of family (copy of their passports, possibly some declaration that you take care of them), owning land/house/car, having a job or study to return to etc. A written statement by you and your BF what your intentions are and that you will most certainly return home and he will make sure you do so too, all will help. If the rejection is overturned the ” visa denied” is removed from the VIS (a database with history visible for all Schengen members), which looks a lot better on your trackrecord then a list of rejections.

      • melai 03/04/2015 at 10:10 am #

        hi Benice.. can u help me too plsss.. im also planing to apply for schengen visa..saan ba dto sa pinas madaling magapply? balak ko din kc pumunta sa spain..plsssss help me.. many thanks.. Godbless

  70. leila 12/16/2014 at 5:11 pm #

    I would like to ask where to get a flight reservation? without paying the whole/any amount yet since it is still not sure wether my visa will be granted or not. thanks

    • wanderlass 12/16/2014 at 9:34 pm #

      I usually go to a travel agent and ask for a booking certificate. They can do that for you if you ensure you will buy from them when visa is approved.

      • Millet flores 12/25/2014 at 11:15 pm #

        Hi there..im planning to get a tourist schengen visa when i go home to phil..im currently in greece working in a private yacht.i have only a transit visa but since im planning to have a trip to PARIS in my expense i believed that i must have a visa..can u tell me where is that travel gency your saying..i will be grateful if u could help me outl.thanks

      • Jenny 02/24/2015 at 10:06 am #

        Hi..so happy with your info. Just wondering, which country un for u pnkabest na kunan ng schngn visa?un mgbbigay ng longest and multiple entry. Thank u in advance..dilemma ko kxe yan.

      • jhoanhonorica 03/04/2015 at 11:36 am #

        Hi wanderlass can I have that travel agent for a booking certificate? Thanks

    • Rob 12/17/2014 at 1:12 am #

      Try contacting an airliner directly, many or atleast some should have the free option of a reservation/option on a flight which will automatically expire after X weeks (4 weeks for example, or 30 days, or 1 month or …) unless you confirm and pay the flight.

    • mitch 12/17/2014 at 6:37 pm #

      I took mine from singapore airline but you have to give them a ring and that’s totally free of charge.. going to their website will give you no option to reserve a flight..

  71. mitch 12/05/2014 at 9:05 am #

    Ms. Lil.. Thank you very much for the guide.. I got my visa last 3rd and will be flying to france on the 17th…. And to everyone posting out their experiences here… Don’t give up guys if you got denied,apply lang ulit… Once again,thank you very very much…

    • Thea 12/08/2014 at 11:55 pm #

      Enjoy your trip!!

    • kat 12/09/2014 at 3:10 pm #

      Paano pag work related?

    • khucoo 12/20/2014 at 9:47 am #

      I have a boyfriend in France and he wants me to be with him and he want us to be married in france. He sent me “attestation d’accueil” what will i do when i am applying for fiancee visa?

  72. Regina 12/03/2014 at 10:20 pm #

    Good day!

    My bf is inviting me to visit him in France. He is going to shoulder all my expenses. I don’t work at the moment nor a student, so I cannot really provide a proof of income and employment. Can you please help me estimate how high the chances I might have on having this visa? This is going to be my first time visiting other country. I could really use help. Thank you.

    • mitch 12/05/2014 at 6:41 am #

      Hi regina, I am not admin for ms. Lil, but this blog helped me a lot and i want to return the favor.. Should you are not employed nor a student.. Just asked for all the papers from your boyfriend.. Attestation d’accueil… I provided the embassy as well his 3 months payslips and 3 months bank statements ( though i also have my own which i presented ).. I got denied the first and it was really devastating experience,however we re’applied and got additional proof which is the notarized invitation from him..signed by a solicitor/lawyer.. And now i got my visa and will be spending the holiday season in france… Good luck to you…

      • Yna 01/11/2015 at 6:28 pm #

        Hi mitch…is there any chance that i can get your email address? I actually have a lot of questions… Please? This is yna.

        • Mitch 01/15/2015 at 11:42 pm #

          hey Yna, shoot me a message at mitch.alcantara@yahoo.com.. i would be glad to help out..

          • khucoo 01/18/2015 at 9:50 am #

            Can i have your email add too for some questions. Thank you mitch

    • gheenn 02/09/2015 at 1:13 am #

      u just need to show the the strong evidence that u will be coming back sa pinas, ang ginawa ko nagpaenroll ako ng caregiver then after a month humingi ako ng certificate of enrollment after 1 month of schooling nag apply ako ng visa 3months before my expecting departure. at sa awa ng dios the next day tinawagan ako na approve ang visa ko then nakabalik n ako sa davao so ang ginawa nila is pinadala nlng nila ang visa..before ka magpaset ng interview make it sure na completo ang dala mong documents make 3 copies each. goodluck sa inyo..

  73. Christen Leigh Pascua Pagaduan 12/03/2014 at 9:40 pm #

    Hi i want to travel part of europe but how to apply schengen visa I’m philippine passport holder

  74. mer93 11/24/2014 at 7:20 pm #

    Hello po! I have Philippine passport and Settlement Visa here in UK (indefinite leave to remain). I’ve been living in UK since 2011 and I wish to visit Tenerife, Spain for 5 days with my British boyfriend. Do I need a tourist Visa? Thank you!

  75. kristina 11/20/2014 at 11:51 am #

    Hello all :)
    Can i ask for some advice po? Coz i applied for a swiss visit visa amd it was denied coz i cant prove im coming back. They are asking me to prove that i will be coming back here in the philippines. Will it be enough to say im taking care of my parents? Or should include in my appeal my job would allow me to visit my British bf who is working in Switzerland? Should i include as well that I recently purchased 2 lots?

    • JANETH 12/03/2014 at 3:06 pm #

      hi cristina how are you? i am filipina ,and also we are same have a boyfriend swiss guy can i ask you? hows your aplied for tourist visa on switzerland? na aprobahan ba? ano bang requirements for tourist visa? and anong question nila sayo? because its my firstime kina kabahan kasi ako i hope matulungan mo ako para prepared ako thanks cristina and god bless to you

      • sharon 12/12/2014 at 9:07 pm #

        hello janeth i been in switzerland 2 times na and di naman ganu mahirap mag apply ng swiss visa basta completo lang document ng bf mo na ipapadala sayo at malimit na tanung nila kung nagkita nba kayo dito sa pinas at ilang taon na relasyon nyo , u can ask me in my yahoo shadex18@yahoo.com

  76. Sofia Duncan (@sofiadunc) 11/13/2014 at 8:07 am #

    Seems I also need to get this Schengen Visa for my future travel adventure. Thanks for sharing.

    • leanne katrina 11/16/2014 at 9:01 am #

      Tanong ko lang po kung mas marami bang kailangang req kung hindi naman citizen or national don yong mag iinvite sakin?
      My boyfriend works for the US Navy and his next command might be in Italy. What if he covers all my expenses there? My main purpose is to visit him then some tour would follow. I’ve been in Japan already (to visit him too) pero I was under a tourist visa (kasi maraming aberya pag may guarantor) so i chose to go on my own. Been in the US too but that was with a different reason (exhangee student visa).

      Meron bang mga agencies na nag aassist sa visa application?
      Do I need to have a big amount of money in the bank if i’ll go with the tourist visa?
      Is there such thing na all expenses covered by a host (but not a citizen/resident/immigrant/relative)?

      Help naman po :(

    • yan 11/19/2014 at 12:00 pm #

      Im sooo happy i had granted a tourist visa just only today.. its 2 days after i get an email from norwegian embassy.. so fast!!!.. hindi ko inexpect na maapprove aq kasi we met only once and mag1year pa lang kami this nov 27..im sooo happy!! Thanks god!!

      • Pie 11/21/2014 at 3:10 pm #

        you’re sooo luck :(

        • yan 11/29/2014 at 7:23 am #

          How about you??..thanks.

          • Lanah 12/14/2014 at 2:34 pm #

            hi yan, can you tell me if may work ka ba and did you show proof of income etc?

          • yan 01/05/2015 at 6:27 pm #

            Hi lanah i have no work but my land titles ako n nkahelp.. if my property ka much better… but if wala ok lang as long as complete papers mo

          • steinlyn 01/19/2015 at 10:50 pm #

            Hi Yan,paano u ba ngpa-appointment sa norwegian embassy?at ano po ba need nila requirements kasi yung bf ko gusto ako pabisitahin s norway at lahat ng papers side nya pati na yung visa papunta n dito s pinas at shoulder na ng bf ko…

          • Eliza Alota 01/22/2015 at 7:19 pm #

            hello yan. wow! you’re so lucky. pwd pahingi ng email add mo? mg apply then po aq ng Schengen visa. How did you apply? I mean ano po ba talaga ang mga requirements na kailangan? Looking forward to hear you soon.


          • steinlyn 02/08/2015 at 11:37 pm #

            hello yan…my messages me sau s email n binigay u s akin…nsa akin n po lhat ng papers ng bf ko. need ko po malaman mga requirements s side ko..pls help me!advice me po..gusto kc bf ko mgtourist me schegen visa daw inaply nya at ang papasa kya ako n hndi p mn kmi ngkita s pinas at gusto nya me ang mgtourist kc my contract daw sya s lugar (norway) nila dhil professional musician sya at last december 2014 he been surgery also..pls help me what to do…at ano una gagawin ko…? thank u…take care and God bless us

      • areyet14 01/15/2015 at 7:30 am #

        How did you do it po? We are in the same situation po.. kaso i dont have proofs of coming back or any proofs of income..

        Please help po..
        Maraming salamat po..

        • yan 01/19/2015 at 5:09 pm #

          Hi imessage mo lamg ako sa sheila.sosobrado@gmail.com kng may tanong ka…

          • yan 01/20/2015 at 7:26 pm #

            Hello steinlyn… bago ka paappointment s embassy process muna mga requirements sis.. message ka sa sheila.sosobrado@gmail.com sis message kita dun kung ano gawin sis

          • Eliza Alota 01/23/2015 at 4:39 pm #

            hello yan. wow! you’re so lucky. Congrats! mg apply then po aq ng Schengen visa for Denmark. How did you apply? I mean ano po ba talaga ang mga requirements na kailangan? May mga tanong lng po aq. Looking forward to hear you soon. Thanks


          • cheal 01/30/2015 at 11:33 am #

            Hi yan pano ko ba malalaman if granted entry visa ko or not kasal na kame 5 days na dko pa alam if granted ba thank you

          • yan 02/02/2015 at 6:37 pm #

            Hello cheal If apply ka tourist visa and wala problem sa docs makukuha mo result via mail and text message within 2 days 1 week approx…

  77. Jocel 11/12/2014 at 8:07 pm #

    Hello Everyone,
    My boyfriend is inviting me to visit Spain sometime.. I am now preparing my documents. He will be the one to shoulder my expenses when I get to Spain. This is my first time to travel Europe, I’ve been to Japan long time ago, so my passport now is new which do not shows my Japan Visa. My questions are:
    > Is other visa decreases the possibility of Schengen Visa Approval?
    > How much money you need to have in your bank account to increase the possibility of Visa Approval?
    > What are the possible reasons for Visa application denial?
    > Kelangan po ba in EUROS din ang pera mo sa bank Account? or you just have bring EUROS in cash?

    Thank you so much in advance.

    • Donutz 11/13/2014 at 2:49 pm #

      – Previous visas, especially to more “western” countries (Japan is generally considered as one) can be used as means to proof that you are a genuine traveller with low risk of illegal intentions (settlement etc.) so I would include the old pasport or pasport page copies showing the Japanese visa.
      – The amount of money is different for each Schengen state, some ask 30 euro’s per day (per person), others over 60 euro’s per day (per person). The exact minimum amount should be listed on the embassies webpage.
      – Common refusal grounds are an unclear travel purpose (embassy thinkgs someone wants to work rather then tour the country for instance), risk of ilegal settlement (failure to return home), or that the trip is not affordable So make sure your plans are clear, you can afford the trip and that you will return home.
      – You can use cash, bankcards, checks etc. It’s good to have some cash in your wallet on arrival but the most important thing is that you have and can show you have access to money. You can use ATMs for instance. Generally ATMS and exchange rates at the airport are worse then ATMS en exchange points in the the city. So don’t change too much cash at the airport or before, try to change/get money while in the city for a better exchange rate.

      • cheal 01/30/2015 at 2:32 pm #

        Hi donuts how will i know if my entry visa will be granted or not .I applied two application fammily immigrant and entry D visa .coz if we wait for the processing of fammily immigrant it will take months unlike the entry visa do you have any suggestion of what should i do .? Thank you

    • chen 06/07/2015 at 9:07 am #

      Hi Jocel!

      Same situation here. I have a Spanish boyfriend and he is inviting me to Spain too. He was able to visit me this year for more than a month and he will visit me again this november. His family really wants to meet me already.

      How was your experience regarding the application and your interview? Did they give you a hard time? If you dont mind, can I ask for your email ad? I have questions about this and hopefully you can help me out on this dreadful visa appplication. Thank you so much!

  78. czack 11/11/2014 at 1:38 pm #

    I just want to ask if I have a sponsor and they will cover everything of my expenses. I have no work and will just visit in The netherlands. Is it possible for me to have any kind of visa?I’ll visit my girlfriend and we are same sex-gender. Is it possible for us to have a fiance visa? Or any advice what we can do? Thank you

    • Donutz 11/12/2014 at 2:19 pm #

      Dear Czack, there is no such thing as a “fiance visa” (unless you count the visa type D for settlement as one). But you can apply for a type C visa, for the purpose of “visiting friends”. Your girlfriend can act as your sponsor. This will cover the financial aspect of the trip (is the trip affordable?), but the embassy will also wish to see reasons for your return (is there a risk for illegal settelement?), work helps countering this but hopefully you can find other obligations: property you own, taking care of family members or anything else that shows you have good reasons to return home. I would suggest writing an optional accompanying letter in whhich you and your girlfriend explain your travel plans (purpose of journey) briefly, list the reasons for return and both vouch that if the trip is an enjoyable one, will not want to risk anything (rejections) and abide all the rules and that you and your girl will see to this. More instructions are found at the embassy’s website. Your girlfriend can also read the folder on short stays at the Dutch Immigration website (IND).

      If you live near the embassy I suggest you apply directly via them, VFS is an optional third party which you do not have to deal with if you don’t want to (saving yourself a service fee). You may have to ask the embassy for a direct appointment, granted within 2 weeks of your request, though this information should be on their website, sadly some Schengen embassies do not (clearly) tell applicants that they are 100% entitled to chose between dealing directly with an embassy or a service partner (the latter charging additional fees but can be handy if those are much closer and the embassy is far away). Failure to inform or allow direct applications via the Schengen embassy is a violation of the EU Schengen visa rules.

      In the long run, if you wish to settle with her overthere this is ofcourse possible, applying for a family residence permit which is open to both married couples and those in a durable, dedicated and sincere relationship. Ofcourse the genders of the couple is of no importance.

      Preperation is key so make sure you and your partner are fully aware of all the requirements! I hope you will be able to enjoy your holiday together overthere. All the best, cheers.

      • anna 11/14/2014 at 9:01 am #

        Hi my fiancee is from austria and he told me we gonna apply schengen visa even i only stay in austria. like a visit visa. and we gonna marry there, after marriage can i stay there longer?? thanks.

      • Pebbs 11/28/2014 at 12:05 am #

        Hi, i really need a help about schengen visa. because i dont know where to start it. my boyfriend is a dutch andhe want me to go there in netherlands on january,, what are the documents and requirement we need to prepare? he will shoulder all my expenses buti dont know how to start it and what will i do. please help me. please

        • Donutz 12/07/2014 at 12:30 am #

          @Pebbs: The most important requirements can be found via de embassy website. Their optional service partner (VFS) has more detailed instructions. The actual making of an appointment and the application itself can all be done via the Netherlands embassy (or if you prefer you can pay VFS money to make an appointment for you, in my opinion a waste of money when an e-mail to the embassy works just fine). Most important is that you fill in the application form correctly, that you are insured (your BF can also arrange an insurance via the Netherlands), that your travel purpose is clear, the trip affordable (since you do not guarantee yourself with 34 euro’s a day: does he meet the income requirements of 100% minimumwage or more, with employment for atleast the next 365 days at the moment the appication is received) and ofcourse reasons for return. Show that your ties with your home country are strong enough to show that the risk of you illegally settling in NL/EU is minimal. Your BF can write an optional cover letter explain the purpose of your journey, that he will see to it that you will return (as not to indanger any future trips/plans that you may have if the you enjoyed your stay and obviously because the both of you are simply law abiding citizens with no intentions to violate the rules). There are Dutch websites out there for people with a foreign relation who help eachother with both visa and immigration matters. If the instructions on the embassy website and the general hints and pointers in my mreply and Wanderless page are not clear enough, you (he) might be able to find his information via various sources.

          The best start is the official source (embassy), a good preparation. Know that an appintment must be granted within 2 weeks of your (e-mail) request, the process time itself will take a maximum of 15 calendat days if all is is in order. If things are missing they can extended those days to 30 and in very rare cases to 60. So try to apply well in advance, atleast a mont before.
          Remember that the application is about you, your BF can do backgroundwork and assit but the actual Schengen applicant is the one who will be under review. Good luck and enjoy your stay together. The embassy declines about 2% so if you prepare well you most likely will get your visa! :)

          • Pebbs 12/09/2014 at 11:16 pm #

            omg, thank you sir Donutz for your reply. but my worry is, we havent met yet, this is the first time we met if possible na ma grant ang visa ko sa dutch embassy. ano po ba ang sakaling mga tanong sa interview sa dutch embassy sir? ipadala nya na sa akin ang documents nya like photocopy of his passport, invitation letter, payslip, work contract. ano pa po ba an kulang sir? ano ang kelangan ko gawin para ma avoid ko na madeny visa ko po? kelangan pa po ba na ipanotarized nya ang invitation letter ipasign sa lawyer sa netherlands po? please po i need your reply po sir.

          • Donutz 12/09/2014 at 11:33 pm #

            Not having met could cause some worries but it does not mean you cannot get a visa. Not having yet met may cause the embassy to worry about possible things such as human trafficking: sadly there are girls who met somebody online a few weeks ago, never met, the girl never traveled much and thus has very little experience while suddenly heading to the other side of the world with little or no help or experience to fall back on while there is a slight possibility that the inviting (boy)friend is scammer/liar who actual works for human traffickers.

            But if in an accompanying letter you and your boyfriend write about having a genuine relation etc. you should be alright. Add for example a screenshot from Skype. You do not need to tell very detailed (private) things, just some basic information so the embassy can be convinced you have a real relation and both of you are honest people with no bad intentions to eachother or public safety. Ofcourse you can explain that this trip is meant to get to know eachother better, aswell as experiencing Dutch cuilture & language etc. This letter can be signed (you don’t have to), no need for a lawyer or anything like that

            When he guarantees you he will need to show his income (contract, payement slips from the last 3 months), his passport copy ofcourse and a form “logies en/of garantverstrekking” form which he has legalized (stamped) by his municipality in which one fills in that he provides accomodation an/or financial guarantee. If the embassies see that the both of you are genuine, honest, that you have travel Insurance and that the holiday is affordable and that you will almost certainly return home, the visa should almost be in your pocket. Afterall any genuine visitors are very welcome. Prepare well, make sure no documents are missing (follow the instructions of the embassy carefully). Good luck, kind regards!

          • deeblissful 12/09/2014 at 11:54 pm #

            hi poh.. any idea sa Spain Embassy? Student visa poh kinuha ko. And my sponsor paid the tuition fee and I already got the Letter of Invitation from the school. What else do I need from my sponsor? Proof of Income? Proof of accommodation? or another LEtter of invitation from her?

          • Donutz 12/09/2014 at 11:58 pm #

            I’m afraid I don’t know about the details for study visa. The invitation/confirmation papers that you can come there are very important but what additional documents are needed I do not know. These should all be listed on the embassies website or (which is often the case) at the website of the outsourced party (VFS Global, which applicants may use but are not required to since everybody can also deal with the embassy directly under the Schengen visa rules). Sorry that I cannot be of much help here.

          • deeblissful 12/10/2014 at 12:03 am #

            i see.. but thanks though :) If you know anyone na nka-try na ng Student visa anywhere in the Schengen area pa-message nman poh. hehe Dec 17 na interview ko Waaaaaaa Panic mode lol

  79. Marga 11/07/2014 at 7:27 pm #

    HI, I a Filipina leaving in Davao with my Swedish Fiance, we been together for 1year and 2months and engaged since last April this year, Right now I am pregnant from him for almost three months and he and his parents wants me to Sweden with him since he needs to go back by next months for his new work. So to make this story short he wants me to go with him next month back to Sweden and his parents will do the sponsorship and everything they can do to help me fly with him.
    Would it help for for me to get faster Visa as I am now pregnant with him??
    What kind of Visa is more faster and good for me to go with him is it tourist with his parents sponsorship? or Fiancee Visa since we are planning to get married.

    • Sey78 11/09/2014 at 12:08 am #

      visit a bf would do (schengen visa) but u can only stay for 90 days

      • siz 12/26/2014 at 8:33 am #

        Hi sey merry christmas ! need KO LNG Sana ng help first timer mag apply ng schengen visa pa austria confuse at nervous ako. all expenses will be shouldered by my boyfriend at accomodation, nagkita na din kami maraming beses at may property na rin kami under my name tanong ko po ano ano submit kung documents at kailangan ba nka red ribbon lahat, need KO din ba ng birth certificate na authenticated kahit tourist lang wala tlga ako idea i hope u can help. wala din akong work dahilan ng on going ang construction ng bahay namin dalawa, wala din akong sariling business, meron LNG ako motor at deed of sale ng lupa. may pera sa bangko pero Hindi KO savings dahil hinulog nya yon pang gastos sa ginagawa naming bahay. pls enlighten me mag a apply na kami sa January dami kong worries.. thanks po

    • Mrs.Pulkert 11/26/2014 at 3:44 am #

      Good Day
      Hi Marga, I am Pinay and Married to Swedish Citizen, I been here last June and now I am pregnant. Lets talk about your Visa. I don’t know if your Fiance is still there in Philippines, but if he still there must better you plan a simple married there in pinas, before he go back here in Sweden.and When he is in Sweden he need to call the Social office and register He is Married to you, and get a copy of Married Papers. Then He must send to you a copy by scan and email to you.
      This more you need.

      HE Need;
      * Skatteverket ( prove of Married Papers in Sweden)
      * Personal Number
      * Birth Certficate
      * Work papers ( recent work) or prove he have work.
      * Passport Copy
      * Address in Sweden ( prove he living in sweden)

      You Need:
      * Birth certficate NSO,
      * Married Certificate NSO,Municipal Married Certficate (if you married to him)
      * NSO Cenomar (prove that you are not married yet)
      * Passport.
      * Picture togther with him.
      I hope this info will help you. for Permanent resident Visa Will be process in 3 months. (if you married to him) by the way you need to go in Thailand Bangkok for your Biometric if your application will be granded. but if only tourist or fiance visa you and him need contact consul there in pinas. if you have more to ask you can contact me.

      God bless you.

      • delia miclat 02/26/2015 at 5:07 am #

        hi mrs. Pulkert
        can i ask you more question?… this is my email. deliamiclat@yahoo.com your message is so helpful..

  80. RR 11/03/2014 at 11:24 pm #

    Hi. I submitted my docs last Thursday, Oct 30 at the Netherlands Embassy. Planning to stay in Netherlands for 4 days and 1 day in France. My partner who is going to Netherlands for business will just tag me along. He applied separately with a group separately thru VFS. He already got his VISA 2 days after lodging his application.

    What are the chances that they’ll grant me a VISA? Do i have high chances since i’m just tagging along and staying for 5days in total only?

    Appreciate your comments and insights.

    • Cza 11/08/2014 at 1:57 am #

      as long as you submitted all the necessary documents needed, I don’t see any problem with that. btw, have you been granted a visa?

  81. emma 10/26/2014 at 6:57 pm #

    HI Need Help. I am applying for schengen visa in Norway embassy. i put the wrong first state of entry on the application form. what should i do? will this badly affect my application/ my interview is on wed this week. hope someone can help me.

    • Sey78 11/06/2014 at 6:58 pm #

      hi Emma! i presume the application form you are talking (to which you had an error) is the one you made online, right? if you can’t edit it online then i guess the least you can do is to fill out an application form (downloadable blank application form) with the correct data and inform the officer about that matter upon submission of your documents.

      hope everything will be okay. goodluck and God bless to your application!

      • steinlyn 02/09/2015 at 12:14 am #

        Hi Sey78,can i ask?My bf applying schengen visa and i have already his all papers from norway,but my problem is i dont know how to start and what the all requirements need in norwegian embassy ph?If have posibble that norwegian grant me because we didnt yet met..this is our first time we meet..our communication is everyday in skype.. I have my own house but not finish to pay and have contract to pay with 15 yrs in bangko sentral. I work before as office staff and its contractual…if have possible that embassy ask work certification to me?coz my problem is the compony where i work before is closed already and we dont have sss or pag-ibig to prove…He cant visit me because he have still contract in norway as professional musician and he been surgery also last december 2015..Thank u..pls advice me!

        • steinlyn 02/09/2015 at 1:27 am #

          last december 2014 i mean huhuhu…

  82. lillian 10/23/2014 at 12:38 pm #

    hello my friend is inviting me to denmark and i will be applying for visa. question lang regarding sa letter of approved leaved. do embassy question if you are approved with 90 days leave by your company. ???

    • Zyph 10/25/2014 at 4:16 pm #

      Based on my experience di na po nila binubungkal yan. Mostly kasi ng inuuna nila tingnan yun FLIGHT TICKET (roundtrip), your INSURANCE, PASSPORT and your supporting docs. Yun tanong lang nila about your relationship sa nandun sa Denmark. Pero 95% approval lagi nyan na matutuloy ka basta complete papers! Goodluck!

      • lillian 10/28/2014 at 2:41 pm #

        thank you po for the answer. sobrang nerve wracking ang application kasi this will be my first time travel abroad kinakabahan ako baka madeny nakakahiya din for my sponsor.

        • Zyph 11/03/2014 at 4:39 am #

          As much as i could help sa NORWAY EMBASSY lang po maishare ko. Hehe. If SPONSORED kayo dont forget to complete the papers of your sponsor ang tanong lang naman nila yun relationship mo sa kanya. Lahat po ng nasa requirements i complete nya po. Palagyan mo din sign bawat copies. Yun orig kasi yun kukunin ng embassy at yun copy yun dadalhin mo. If may pictures kayo together much better hihingin din kasi sayo yun sa airport immigration. Yun bank accounts nya pwede din i print nya lang kahit online banking. Agahan nyo po kasi di nagpapapasok ang guard pag dumating kayo 15mins bago sked nyo. Lastly wag mo kalimutan ang WINTER JACKET!! Hehe.. Di ka mawawala malaki pa airport ng NAIA kaysa sa Denmark..

          • lillian 11/03/2014 at 3:14 pm #

            yun pa isa. wala kami picture together. hehehe. if ever baka sa NAIA pa ako mawala LOL! Thank you!!

          • Zyph 11/03/2014 at 9:59 pm #

            Ok lng po yan Ms. Lilian as long as complete ang papers nyo. If wala prob 2days lng visa result. Abangan mo lang sa email mo. Just be sure yun online application mo at yun hardcopies ay pareho mga nakalagay. Araw araw ko tinitingman requirements hehe. May insurance na kayo? If wala pa pwede ako po mag suggest.

          • steinlyn 02/09/2015 at 12:57 am #

            Hello!can i ask?My bf applying schengen visa and i have already his all papers from norway,but my problem is i dont know how to start and what the all requirements need in norwegian embassy ph?If have posibble that norwegian grant me because we didnt yet met..this is our first time we met..our communication is everyday on skype.. I have my own house but not finish to pay and have contract to pay with in 15 yrs in bangko sentral. I work before as office staff and its contractual…if have possible that embassy ask work certification to me?coz my problem is the company where i work before is closed already and we dont have sss or pag-ibig to prove…He cant visit me because he have still contract in norway as professional musician and he been surgery also last december 2015..Thank u..pls advice me

        • Kimberly Reyes 11/03/2014 at 3:29 pm #

          Hi Lilian! When is your appointment? :) I hope maapprove ang visa mo. :)

          • lillian 11/05/2014 at 11:44 am #

            nagtry ako maghalungkat ng picture together pero ala ako mahalukay.
            :( yung pong insurance kasi yung sponsor ko from denmark ang kukuha kasi xa din ang magbabayad although may isang blog ako binigay sa kanya na may nakalagay na name of insurance company na mga nagooffer.naghahanap pa daw xa ng medyo mura.hehehe yun na lang ang kulang after po nun magpapasked na kami probably next week or the following week kasi ang nakalagay sa letter of invitation nya is nov 24 to feb 23. pero if meron po kayo insurance company na maisuggest very much appreciated po. dahil po sa message nyo nababawasa ang anxiety ko for this application. thank you very much po.

          • Sey78 11/05/2014 at 3:51 pm #

            hi lilian, i got mine from Malayan. mura lang cya compared to others.

        • yan 11/29/2014 at 7:35 am #

          Hello musta application mo?

      • S1000 11/07/2014 at 9:32 pm #

        Just had a frustrating experience at the Spanish consulate. My partner who is a Filipina has just received her UK spouse visa this week after around 3 years of trying because of misinformation received from the UK visa agency. This was due to the fact that she is having her previous marriage annulled initially we were told that we could not apply for a spouse visa then found out we could apply for the unmarried partner visa as we have a child together,etc. This was a very unpleasant experience and caused major disruption to our family life and my finances. So I thought now that we have the spouse visa the Schengen visa should be an easy process, however, as usual nothing is easy or logical in the Philippines!!

        So to begin this process, I called the VFS call centre to check everything – response I received was look at the website and nothing else, they would not answer any questions I had – I’m thinking what is the point of having this call centre… So went to the Spanish consulate today with the hope they may employ more helpful people – found out Foreigners are not allowed in so I cannot ask the right questions and ensure the process is done correctly, which I find very frustrating – another senseless policy in the Philippines that occurs in most office buildings here!

        On the VFS website it says EU spouse visa holders must apply at the Spanish consulate and can walk in on Friday to apply. So was I was dismayed when my partner returned and said we have to apply at the VFS, my partner was told to look at the website but did not know unfortunately that on the website it says to apply at the consulate so did not ask why. So sent an email to VFS to ask if I can book an appointment on Monday and we will we get a visa for the 5th December if we have all the requirements- they have replied to say I need to email the Spanish consulate.

        Anyone know what is the correct process and if it is possible to get the visa by the 5th December latest if we apply on the 10th November. We are flying to the UK on the 7th December so my partner will need her passport back. If we cannot get this visa it will be very disappointing for us, my son who is 3 (because of the problems with UK spouse visa) has only seen his Grandparents and Great Grandmother in the UK once and they will all be going on holiday to Spain for Christmas with some other family so if we do not get this visa it will deny this opportunity proper family bonding time which my son has already been denied of for the last 3 years…

        • Donutz 11/08/2014 at 4:24 pm #

          I wrote a detailed reply, not sure if it came through (is it in the moderation queue?). Short answer: all applicants are entitled to direct access to Schengen embassies for requesting an appointment and handing in the appointment. If you a are a UK citizen and you have a non-EU (pinoy) spouse you are entitled to a free and accelerated procedure. More info on all this should be on the embassy website. If not, check the official EU websites and reported any ill experiences such as them telling people the are required to go to VFS (nobody is!) or if your application is not given an free, accelerated processing with minimal documentation, report them to the Spanish ministry of foreign affairs and the EU Commission (Home Affairs). Good luck!

          • S1000 11/10/2014 at 5:51 pm #

            Have received an email from the Spanish Consulate saying that we need to show a marriage certificate or if we do not have this we have to apply at the VFS, As we are not married we cannot do this…surely the fact she has a UK Spouse visa in her passport is proof that she is my Spouse?

          • Donutz 11/10/2014 at 8:04 pm #

            Dear S1000,

            The Spanish embassy (consulate is it not, they handle visa and not the embassy?) is giving false information, violationg EU rules.
            – Every applicant can contact a Schengen embassy directly for an appointment and handing in an appication, entirel bypassing the external party (VFS Global, TLS Contact). Embassies are required to tell people they can chose between these two options. Seems like direct links don’t pass through moderation/filter but try googeling for “EU Home affairs Schengen” , it should give a link to the European Unions Europa.eu website wth more information including the visa rules and a handbook with detailed instructions. According to article 17 of the visa rules they have to inform people about being able to chose between direct and indirect applications. The Spanish ministry of foreign affairs recently assured the EU Commision that their embassies do all this but this is clearly not the case. Hence why I’d suggest to forward your e-mail to the European Union (Home Affairs) and Spanish MFA. You could ask the Spanish embassy why they are in violation of the Schengen rules which specify the right of direct access and the requirement of clearly informng all applicants about this.

            – If she is your spouse then you are legally married not? Either in the UK or Phil (that matters not, aslong as it’s a legal and genuine mariage). In which case the Freedom of Movement rules apply: a free visa with minimum hassle and issued as soon as possible. Should be a matter of days or a week or so if they give it priority. More info, try googling for ” Travel documents for non-EU family members” . There you will also find the EU Ombudsman “Solvit” which can assit if the Spanish embassy decides to continue to feed false information to you.

            – if you are not legally married then you’d need to apply for a regular Schengen visa from the country the applicant is either a national of OR has long term residency (thus no tourist visa but say a residence permit for the UK, enablign you tou to apply from the UK). But this application could still be done entirely bypassing VFS!

            I hope you get your visa and I hope even more that the Spanish will not get away with such false information!

          • Donutz 11/10/2014 at 8:12 pm #

            Regarding the right of direct access to Schengen embassies for applications:

            ” Legal basis: Visa Code, Article 17
            As a fundamental principle, a service fee may be charged to an applicant using the facilities of an external service provider only if the alternative is maintained of direct access to the consulate incurring the payment of just the visa fee (see point 4.4).

            4.4. Direct access
            Maintaining the possibility for visa applicants to lodge their applications directly at the consulate instead of via an external service provider implies that there should be a genuine choice between these two possibilities. Even if direct access does not have to be organised under identical or similar conditions to those for access to the service provider, the conditions should not make direct access impossible in practice. Even if it is acceptable to have a different waiting time for obtaining an appointment in the case of direct access, the waiting time should not be so long that it would render direct access impossible in practice.

            The different options available for lodging a visa application should be presented plainly to the public, including clear information both on the choice and the cost of the additional services of the external service provider (see Part I, point 4.1)”

            Source: the EU Handbook for embassies on the issueing of Schengen visas. Found on the EU Home Affairs website.

          • S1000 11/11/2014 at 12:07 am #

            Thanks for the reply Donutz

            Due to the antiquated laws in the Philippines on divorce we are unable to get married until she has her previous marriage annulled. This annulment process has been ongoing for nearly 4 years and is still not finished! This is the reason why we were misinformed originally of the entitlement to the “unmarried partner” spouse/settlement visa as even though her marriage broke down 14 years ago and we have a 3 year old child together after being in a relationship akin to marriage for 8 years, we were told we were not allowed to apply for a UK settlement visa as she was already married to someone else.

            Unfortunately from what you are saying it seems we have to go to the VFS if we don’t have a marriage certificate and thus will probably be too late now to apply. Then it seems once in the UK she will not be able to apply for a schengen visa for at least 3 months.

        • Donutz 11/11/2014 at 1:21 am #

          @S1000 at 12:07 am.

          You’re welcome. You could still ask a Schengen embassy to consider you as being a beneficiary to the Freedom of Movement Directive (2004/38/EC), though the Spaniards do seem to be a bunch of twats. An other embassy such as the Germans or Dutch might be more relaxed and apply the rules properly. THough then said country should be your main destination within the Schengen area. Worth giving them a call or mail and explaining them that she is your partner akin to marriage for the past X years though despite your attempts you are still not able to get legally married. Supply a copy of UK visas etc. aswell.

          “Unfortunately from what you are saying it seems we have to go to the VFS if we don’t have a marriage certificate and thus will probably be too late now to apply. ” All applicants of all types, meaning every one can go to the embassy directly and not deal with VFS at all and the embassy is required to clearly inform people of this right. Normal applicants have to be granted a slot for handing in their application within 2 weeks of the request. The processing time should be 15 calender days if there are no missing documents, further queustions etc.

      • Katherine Charlotte 11/17/2014 at 11:35 pm #

        Hi there, hope you could help me. I’m married to a danish national and we have a 2 yr old son (he’s dual citizen). We’re both here in Pinas ng son ko and I’m currently working. I’m planning to apply for a tourist visa, dahil yun ang advice ng lawyer ng hubby ko na naka based sa Denmark. Actually, ang plano talaga is doon kami mag aapply ng family reunification.
        Question po: 1. makakapag apply ba ako ng tourist visa kahit wala na akong work? Balak ko kasi mag resign na bago mag apply. Anong documents ang pwede i-submit kung wala akong work.
        2. Possible kaya na ma-approve un tourist visa given na married ako sa danish hubby ko at dual citizen un son namin?

        3. If ever na ma-approved yun tourist visa, makakapag apply kaya kami ng family reunification sa denmark?

        Thank you in advance. Godbless.

  83. Marie 10/22/2014 at 4:28 pm #

    Hi there, I hope you can answer my query. Is it possible to get a visa even when you haven’t bought a flight ticket? Also how long does it take for a attestation d’accueil and how much. I was just wondering if you have more information on this.

    Thank you so much for your post, its really helpful :)


  84. Zyph 10/20/2014 at 10:45 pm #



  85. Zyph 10/20/2014 at 10:39 pm #

    Hi Guys!!!!

    This blog was really helpful when I got my VISA 3 months ago.. I just arrived 2 weeks ago from SWEDEN.. Hehe.. Sarap mag crosscountry to Norway and Denmark.. Goodluck po sa lahat ng applying to get VISA.. Just leave a comment if you want to ask something particularly sa mga pupunta ng SWEDEN or kukuha ng tourist visa sa NORWAY EMBASSY..

    Thanks you so much WANDERLASS!!!

    • Kim reyes 10/30/2014 at 12:45 pm #

      Sa norwegian embassy ba pag binalik Yung passport Ano Ibig sabihin? Chineck mga documents ko sa 1stfloor Tapos tinatakan cover letter ko pati passport. and then nagproceed naman ako sa 21stfloor para sa biometrics and then fingerprints. Tapos binigay ko dun lahat ng doc’s ko pero binalik sa akin passport. Denied po ba to O approved? Complete naman docs ko except sa proof na nagkita na kami ng guarantor ko kasi Di pa naman kami nagmeet in person. Pero constant communication kami, I even included some of our conversations sa mga docs na pinasa ko. Help. I’m so scared. :/

      • JANETH 12/03/2014 at 2:56 pm #

        HELOW PO pwedi po bang mag tanong kung sinong boyfriend dyan from switzerland sana matulongan niyo ako sa mga requirements at maitanaong kulang sana kung anong question nila because i need to prepared its my firstime .kasi yong boy friend ko from switzerland ano bang requirements for tourist visa complete please i hope you can help this

    • caryl 11/18/2014 at 11:11 pm #

      helo po ano po ba yung reqs, sa pgkuha ng tourist embassy sa sweden?ung exact details po.. thank u!

    • jen 02/03/2015 at 3:13 pm #

      hello i just read ur message and thanks God i can ask someone who can help me..thanks..ask q lng first time q kz apply a schengen visa and my friend shoulder all my expenses..pls help me for more info i need..pls email me jahanjen@gmial.com..i realy appreciated ur help..thanks and Godbless im jen

  86. Hopingg 10/16/2014 at 11:55 am #

    Is it true that the sooner you get your passport back, the higher the possibility that you were denied? Like I was asked for an additional document (ITR) yesterday during the interview, then I submitted it early morning today (9:15am) then got an SMS in the afternoon that my visa application has been processed and is ready for collection at VFS (at 4:03pm) I’m really anxious if this is the case.

    • Donutz 10/18/2014 at 3:43 am #

      No. The time it takes to process says next to nothing. Most applications will take 15 calendar days at most (turn around times may be different, some embassies usually need 2-3 days, others generally 7 etc.). Also note that the use of the optional VFS may delay the process since they need to forward the paperwork to the embassy and wait for them to return it to forward it to you. Depending on how fast an embassy grands a (service fee free) direct application at the embassy counter (legal limit they have is two weeks) the direct or indirect road may be faster then the other.

      • Donutz 10/18/2014 at 3:52 am #

        Also factor in:
        – how easy it is to judge an application. If it’s rather clear that the applicant meets or does not meet the requirements it will be easy to process the visa at short notice.
        – luck: your visa may just happen to be ontop (or at the bottom), it might just arrive while they are working on a badge of applications or you may be unlucky and wait for processing later in the day/week.
        – Too many variables. Just try to hand in a clear application and make sure there should be no need for further questions or requesting missing documents which could extend the application process to 30 or even 60 days.

        Hope your visa came through. IF it didn’t, you should be informed why and then can appeal and counter this OR make a new application (which may be faster but an embassy may also use a previous refusal against you, so if you have the time you could try an appeal first to have the rejection overturned).

    • Byron Yap Machon 10/22/2014 at 1:20 pm #

      I got my passport with visa 2 days after my interview

    • melai 03/04/2015 at 11:29 am #

      hi hopingg.. hows ur visa? just curious why you are asked to submit your ITR? what if u dont have taxes in your company.. hows that? and what are the documents that you submitted.. im also planning to apply for a tourist visa in spain.. hope you could help me.. many thanks and Godbless

  87. Hoping 10/16/2014 at 12:15 am #

    Is it true that the sooner you get your passport back, the higher the possibility that you were denied? Like I was asked for an additional document (ITR) yesterday during the interview, then I submitted it early morning today (9:15am) then got an SMS in the afternoon that my visa application has been processed and is ready for collection at VFS (at 4:03pm) I’m really anxious if this is the case.

  88. Aisys Perez 10/11/2014 at 12:24 am #

    Hello! Im planning to apply for Schengen Visa. I’m 22 years old. My boyfriend from Germany invite me to visit his country. Getting all the requirements are very stressful. No one could help me what to do. Can Anyone help me?

    My boyfriend can submit “Affidavit of support” So that I can stay at his house and he is able to shouldering all my expenses while Im in Germany. And Do I need a round trip ticket/return ticket? and how about the Travel/medical insurance? Do I need to purchase that though my boyfriend can submit “affidavit of support” ?

    • Donutz 10/12/2014 at 7:02 pm #

      Aisys, you’ll still need to have travel insurance (that meets the standards) and you’ll still need a reservation or option of a flight to Europe (Germany). The Support/Guarantee form only covers the financial aspect of the trip and/or accomodation. A regular visitor would need to show sufficient funds per day and hotel reservations. Your boyfriend will provide accomodation and pay all the costs of your stay there. But all other requirements as layed out here and on the embassy website still apply.

      Most importantly they want to see that your journey (travel purpose) is genuine, affordable (your bf covers that) and that you are not a risk of illegal settelement but will return in time. So try to gather any objective evidence that binds you to the Philippines: work, studies, takinhg care of family members, any land, house or other expensive property. A letter writtn by your boyfriend and you may also help: briefly explaning why you want to go there (meet him, learn more about Germany, his friends and family etc.) and that you will return as per the requirements as not to put any possible future trips at risk.

      Hopefully your boyfriend will help you with your application so that you meet all the requirements as found on the German embassy’s website. Good luck, save travels and hopefully a very pleasant stay with your lover. :)

      • Elsa 10/31/2014 at 10:57 pm #

        if i apply to Spanish Embassy, will they call the French Embassy to ask about my denied visa application with them? please answer this important question. thank you.

        • Donutz 11/04/2014 at 2:48 pm #

          The embassies already share a lot of information in a joined database (VIS, Visa Information System). I don’t know the specific information that they can see though so I don’t know if “reason for denial” is one of them”. Embassies get a lot of visa applications though so I doubt they will call. They will simply see the previous denial (not exactly a bonus) and then judge your application to see if you meet requirements for a visa. Hopefully you paid close atttention to the reason of denial -you should get the reason in writing when an embassy declines an applicatin- and are good to go. Incase of a denial you can appeal (which is free) and provide additional evidence why you think they unrightfully declined the visa. Good luck, preperation is key. I hope you get your visa, and wish you save and good travels.

          • melai 03/04/2015 at 11:45 am #

            hi donutz ;) im melai and im planning to apply for a tourist visa in spain. im a bit nervous about the process specially with the consulate. my friends told i should just have to justify that I will come back here in the phil. pls help me how to justify myself.. i have my work, but we dont have taxes so definitely i dont have an ITR. what if theyll ask me to provide one? but im financially stable,. pls do help.. may thanks and Godbless

          • Rob 03/05/2015 at 2:55 pm #

            Aslong as you have an income you should be fine, most embassies are quire aware that it’s commin in south east asia that people work without paying taxes, sometimes illegally or without contract. It’s important to show them that the trip is affordable (sufficient money, not sure how much the Spaniards ask for, about 60 euro’s per person per day??) and that you have a good reason to return (such as your job even if it’s one without paying taxes).

  89. Edna C.Mariano 10/10/2014 at 8:49 am #

    Kindly help me in arranging my schengen visa application cronologically need to submit it this morning at 11’o clock thank you and God Bless!!

  90. Rob 10/05/2014 at 11:08 pm #

    Great blog and good to see that you are enjoying your travels and life. I’m suprised about the request for a birthcertificate though, that is not standard requirement and I fail to see the use for one (countering fraud with passport perhaps??). I’ll add some tips if you don’t mind:

    – The most important checks an embassy does is to see if the trip is affordable (sufficient funds) , genuine (your travelgoal seems legit) and that you will leave in time (no illegal settlement). The last part can be done by showing reasons for return such as work, taking care of family and anything else what you can think of and prove. Funds: well an embassy may question that if there suddenly is a lumpsum in the bankaccount, so if you have a sponsor, see if they can financially guarantee. Requirements are different from member to member state. If you finance yourself, try to avoid any odd or questionable transactions in your bankaccount.

    – If the embassy has an appointment system, which most do, you can alway chose to apply directly at the embassy (it’s your right as per the rules spelled out in Schengen Code on Visa), or chose to go to the (appointed) external service provider such as TLS or VFS, which are optional. If you apply directly an appointment must be be given within 2 weeks of the request.

    – Processing should usually take no more then 15 calendar days. In individual cases when further review is needed, it may take 30 days. In exceptional cases, 60. During peak seasons embassies should scale up on staff to ensure that people get their visa in time. Sadly not all embassies do, they either tell you that it will take weeks before you get an appointment or weeks before they decide on the visa. This is a violation of the EU rules. If you politely stand your ground they will likely give in as they will know you are in your right and they are doing something illegal (which can be reported to the EU or to the embassies ministry in the country concerned).

    – Triple check the requirements, some are a bit odd (such the birthcertificate) but usually it’s more efficient to comply. You can always sent a letter t the embassy and/or EU Commission afterwards asking why they made you do all this. If you are in doubt, check with EU authorities. The EU’s Commission website can easily be found if you search for “EU Home Affairs Schengen”. You will also find the rules there and detailed handbooks which the embassies use to consult when deciding over visa applications. They are a bit lenghty or even tedious but everything you ever need to know about Schengen visa is covered in them!

    Good luck to all, save travels and I hope all genuine applicants get their visas ASAP without ill experiences. The less hassle and bureaucracy the better. Luckily the EU announced a simplification of the Schengen visa in april of 2014, expected at the earliest somewhere in 2015.

    • Rob 10/06/2014 at 12:37 am #

      Three more tips:
      – Do not make any financial commitments that can not be undone (refunded) if the visa is denied. So don’t buy a ticket but get a reservation for free or at a small fee, get a hotelbooking that can easily be cancelled without costs. travel insurance is mandatory for now (expected to become optional in 2015) but get one that will be refunded incase of a denial.

      – Make sure your trip is and looks genuine. Very few people can get 90 days off from work, a 3-4 week holiday makes much more sense.

      Oh and remain polite at all times, but do not let them take you for a hike (walse all over you). Some staff (from what I gather if it happens it’s often local staff, most unfortunate) can be rude. Be polite and helpfull but not submisive. The actual decision is done be the national embassy staff anyway. But hopefully you meet friendly staff who help you guide through the application smootly.

      I’m still at loss why some embassies ask for birthcertificates and marital status documents though. It is irrelevant for tourist journeys and certainly not on the standard list of documents commonly asked for. Some staff must really love pushing papers around…

    • sharon 12/12/2014 at 9:25 pm #

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  91. Melanie Fernando 10/02/2014 at 7:25 pm #

    We got our travel insurance at Mapfre Insular. It was a big help when our flight was cancelled in Hong Kong due to bad weather. Europe is on our top list to go next year. I hope our visa will be approved.

  92. noel 09/25/2014 at 11:09 am #

    hi please help. i will have my appointment on the 22nd of oct wth spain embassy. i already hve my invitation letter from spanish police thru my sister. im pallning to stay for 15days vaction only..just wnt to know do i still need to prsent my sister proof of funds? where in actualy she will not be sponsoring my travel just the accomodation. please help anyone. thank u

    • deeblissful 12/08/2014 at 1:01 am #

      Hi! Were you approved? Let me know please. Did you make any cover letter or whatnots? Are they strict?

  93. Kim 09/23/2014 at 11:54 pm #

    Hi, is true that if you’re asked to come back for the visa results before 12noon, your application has been denied? thanks.

  94. jc15 09/13/2014 at 12:15 pm #

    For those of you who are planning to apply for Schengen Visa to Norway, Denmark and Sweden.. here’s another helpful blog :-) http://www.skattebasse.com/2014/02/how-to-apply-for-tourist-visa-to-visit.html

  95. Bonggie 09/07/2014 at 11:02 am #

    hi everyone! hi wanderlass! thanks so much for your detailed and for the responses made on most queries. I don’t know if you have encountered this question of mine:

    I was lucky granted Schengen Tourist Visa last 2009 upon invitation of a Filipina friend of Austrian citizen and visited Austria and several schengen territories throughout my three months stay in europe. I have used my 2009 schengen visa according to the rules.

    My question: I am planning this year to visit europe once again as austria as my point of entry and the same Pinay friend will host my stay there. Will i go the same process in applying? will i start from scratch again?

    Hope to hear a response, ASAP.

    Thanks and more power to wanderlass!

    • wanderlass 09/08/2014 at 12:51 pm #

      same process

      • mitch 09/16/2014 at 3:17 am #

        will i be allowed to bring a companion inside the french embassy… i will be bringing my sponsor with me.. thanks

        • wanderlass 09/16/2014 at 10:53 pm #

          i don’t think you can. and you can’t bring in mobile either.

          • mitch 09/16/2014 at 11:14 pm #

            thanks for the info..my appointment will be on the 29th of september. with the details here in your blog and complete documents, i am pretty confident to get the approval..just stay positive and pray a lot… thanks again…

          • yen 09/24/2014 at 9:24 pm #

            hi,im a filipina living in france now, can i visit UK only 2 days without visa? or do i need visa for visiting UK,?

          • wanderlass 09/25/2014 at 10:35 am #

            If you still have Filipino passport, then you need visa.

          • mitch 09/30/2014 at 1:31 am #

            hi… i have my appointment at the embassy on oct. 2 and my ticket reservation is only until the 3rd of october.. do i have to keep the ticket reservation active while the visa is being processed?

          • Mitch 11/08/2014 at 12:38 am #

            hi wanderlass…i got denied unfortunately last 9th of october.. and i flew to singapore the next day so i wasn’t able to do an appeal immediately.. we will be applying once again and this time i will just stay for 2 weeks.. i got denied because as per embassy i don’ have enough reason to go back though i presented my work details ( im working home base ). what else can i present that would convince them that i will be coming home, i don’t have any property to show. please help…thanks…

          • Cza 11/08/2014 at 1:50 am #

            I’m a home-based worker as well and my visa was granted last month. I applied through The Netherlands Embassy. That was my concern before as well and many of the people I know were granted a visa too, some were freelancers who doesn’t have a monthly salary. I guess the documents that really helped me were my savings (bank certificates) and investments (through bank), plus the fact that I’ve been granted a Schengen visa 5x years ago (that was when I was office based). I advise is that you somehow, save some money and invest in peso market or equity funds. That’s enough proof that you’ll come back and shows that you’re financially stable.

    • siz 11/24/2014 at 9:25 am #

      Hi bonggie! would you mind me asking a question, apply kasi ako schengen visa by february next year at first time ko confuse at nervous ako. all expenses will be shouldered by my boyfriend at accomodation, nagkita na din kami maraming beses at may property na rin kami under my name tanong ko po ano ano sinubmit mong documents at kailangan ba nka red ribbon lahat? wala tlga ako idea i hope u can help. wala din akong work dahilan ng on going ang construction ng bahay namin dalawa.

  96. Luisa 09/04/2014 at 12:49 pm #

    Hi everyone

    just a quick questions I already got a Schengen visa approve apparently im in USA right now. Because of the schedule i wont be able to go to Norway as I plan my visa now is already expired. If ever i needed to go to Norway do i need to get visa again is it gonna be like the first time again ? and same invitation letter again?
    Im financing my travel on my own funds .

  97. sey78 09/04/2014 at 12:00 pm #

    hello everyone,

    i still don’t have the original documents coming from my sponsor (sent thru snail mail). Would it be okay to just submit the scanned documents? Am a bit worried now. Applying at Norwegian Embassy.


    • jc15 09/13/2014 at 12:23 pm #

      You can send scanned documents I think… as long as they are all signed by your sponsor… I got my visa a week ago.. they’re really nice at the embassy

      • sey78 09/15/2014 at 2:44 pm #

        thank for responding jc. i actually had my appointment/interview last Sept 8, visa application was then approved last Sept 11 and received my passport (thru LBC) on Sept 13 – that was fast. :-)

        i actually had scanned documents. and yes, personnel at the Norwegian Embassy are really nice and accommodating :-)

        • Kimberly Reyes 10/31/2014 at 10:40 am #

          Hi Sey. Do they normally return your passport after the visa interview? Coz they returned mine but it has also the stamp “C/D Visa No.” and then the date when I applied and the Embassy’s name. They told me to wait for their email. They also took my photo and my fingerprints. My documents are complete except for the proof that my guarantor and I have met already because this will be the first time we will meet if ever. But we are in constant communication for almost a year now, I even provided copies of some of our communication. I’m so worried. I hope it gets approved…

          • Sey78 11/05/2014 at 3:43 pm #

            hi Kimberly, in my case, they took my passport together with the documents and the officer told me to just wait for 2-5 days.

            hopefully someone who had the same case as yours could give you some advice.

            pray! :)

          • Jonna Evangeline Ramos 11/13/2014 at 1:53 am #

            hi Kimberly, if you are applying for tourist visa and you don’t have a picture that shows that u already met personally its big chance that your visa application will be denied and that is based on my experience. Good luck to you

    • Lynuel Jane Aquino 10/07/2014 at 4:58 pm #

      Yep. I used scanned docs for faster processing.. its fine as long as its clear and scanned straight also. ;) goodluck.

  98. china 08/29/2014 at 4:51 pm #

    thank you wanderlass for your reply. im kinda worried thinking this might cause problem on our application,. thanks again

    • noel 08/29/2014 at 6:52 pm #

      anyone applied? or applyying for a tourist to spain? any tip.guys? i will appreciate it so much. thank.you. God bless.everyone.

  99. china 08/29/2014 at 1:39 pm #

    hi.. my mom and i are on the process of applying for a schengen visa. however my mom got a NEGATIVE CERTIFICATE OF BIRTH from nso. is it acceptable as requirement for visa? it was recently we knew of her neg nso.