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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1,485 Responses to Schengen Visa for Philippine Passport Holders

  1. 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! :)

  2. 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?

  3. 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.. :)

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.. :)

  7. 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

  8. 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?

  9. 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. :)

    • 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 :)

  10. 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!

    • 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).

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

    • 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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?

  18. 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.

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

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

  20. 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.

    • 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. :)

  21. 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

  22. 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..

  23. 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?

  24. 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..

  25. 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

  26. 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!

  27. 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

  28. 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…

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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..

  32. 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?

  33. 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…

  34. 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.

  35. 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 :)


  36. Zyph 10/20/2014 at 10:45 pm #



  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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.

  40. 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).

  41. 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!!

  42. 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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  43. 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.

  44. 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?

  45. 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.

  46. 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

  47. 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.

  48. 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 .

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

    • wanderlass 08/29/2014 at 1:53 pm #

      certificate of no record is acceptable.

      • KOREEN 08/29/2014 at 1:59 pm #

        Hi Wanderlass,

        Is certificate of no record is acceptable too when applying for U.S visa?



      • Chi 09/01/2014 at 10:37 pm #

        hi wanderlass,

        nag’apply na po ako ng visa sa french embassy and i’ll get the result tomorrow. naba’bother lang ako kasi hindi ko sure kung naibigay ko yun photocopy of cover letter, invitation letter and flight reservation. pero tinignan na ng 1st consulate/cashier yun original documents ko bago niya kunin payment ko. hindi ba nila tatanggapin yun payment kung hindi complete requirements? parang ganun kasi dahil ayaw niya tanggapin payment ko hangga’t hindi niya na’scan mga original documents ko. i need an answer po. :(
        ano din pong documents usually fina’follow up nila?

        • Kim 09/27/2014 at 12:56 am #

          Hi Chi, same thing happened to me this week. Hope you can share what happened to your application. Thanks!

          • Renren 09/27/2014 at 1:03 am #

            it is approved.
            lesson learned: make sure to organize everything before the appointment day para hindi nag’worry sa documents. only copy of the documents are needed. :)

      • riza22 09/06/2014 at 5:33 pm #

        hi wanderlass thank you for this blogs helps a lot to everybody .i am in norway right now for a tourist visa is it possible for me to apply a fiancé visa here in norway? without going back to the philippines? please help me

  52. junrey 08/27/2014 at 12:33 am #

    Do you think if i am going to apply for another visa to Germany for the second time because i was denied last time…is it possible that i can still use my other legal documents and i don’t have any job or business to support my other documents. my only chance is the invitation letter from my boy friend, health insurance for my obligation. hope you can help me here.. i really wanted to see my boyfriend in Germany

    • Sarah 08/27/2014 at 12:35 pm #

      Giving them the assurance that you will come back to the Philippines is very important. For example, if you have a job, you must secure an approved Leave of Absence letter from your company or if you’re a student, you need to secure a Leave of Absence letter from your school/university.

      • Ella sanchez 02/13/2015 at 6:24 am #

        Hi sarah.. Ask kulang pwd b maereason ung anak k to prove that I can come back In Philippines?? Same kc kmi ng problem ne junrey

    • randy formentera 09/02/2014 at 11:17 am #

      Hi any help about documents? U can contact me on my mobile for securing the documents you need to travel any part in the world.

  53. Tin 08/22/2014 at 12:25 am #

    Hi wanderlass!im trying to call italian embassy’s hotline number to ask regarding insurance kaya lang laging busy. Is it ok ba na 2.5 million pesos yung nakalagay sa insurance policy or kailangan tlaga 30k euro?pls reply :(

    • wanderlass 08/27/2014 at 10:03 am #

      2.5m pesos is bigger than 30k euro so yes pwede

  54. sey78 08/21/2014 at 9:03 pm #

    anyone able to use Malayan’s travel master global insurance for schengen visa?

    • Francis Flores 08/21/2014 at 9:07 pm #

      Hi there Sey. Im not wanderlass though but for me the best insurance is malayan insurance. because its cheap and you can refund the money if ever you’ll get denied. a piece of advise get a full 1 month insurance so that they could give you a longer validity. God bless and good luck :)

      • sey78 08/21/2014 at 9:21 pm #

        thanks for responding Francis :)

        i’ll gonna be having a 90 days insurance as i will be staying in Sweden (praying for my visa to be approved) for around 84 days.

        do you have any idea if we still need have to have some account from the bank/money if we have a sponsor? or their documents (payslips, bank certificates) will suffice?

        • Francis Flores 08/21/2014 at 10:46 pm #

          Hi Sey I dont reply that often but I hope it would help. I think yes show ur credentials together with your sponsor’s proof of funds. Together with their passport copy and residence permit in sweden. If they are swedish a colored passport copy will do, also include a letter from your sponsor that she will take care all of your entire sweden expenses. Godbless 90 day coverage from malayan is not that expensive have your self insured for maybe 120 days for better longevity of the visa.

          • sey78 08/22/2014 at 8:53 am #

            thanks much Francis! :)

          • sey78 08/22/2014 at 8:53 am #

            God bless you too!

  55. sey78 08/21/2014 at 6:54 pm #

    hello everyone!

    do we still need have to have some account/money if we have a sponsor? or their documents will suffice?

    Anyone granted a visa to sweden? care to share your experiences?

    thanks much! :)

  56. Amie 08/21/2014 at 6:11 pm #

    If your Ate will sponsor your trip to Paris then you have to submit her financial documents like bank certificates, bank statements and proof of income like ITR. For a complete list of requirements for applying visa, just go to the website of the Embassy of France. Hope you’ll be granted a visa. Godbless

  57. Krystel 08/20/2014 at 6:58 pm #

    hi, i wonder how you do that ticket reservation, but don’t pay yet. am i just going to reserve in a travel agency or i can do it through online? i will to sweden to visit my mom. thanks po

    • wanderlass 08/27/2014 at 10:04 am #

      go to any agency and tell them about applying visa and need a reservations. i don’t know of how to do it online.

    • Amie 08/27/2014 at 5:02 pm #

      Hi Krystel. I called the airlines (singapore airlines) and requested for ticket reservation. We were given two weeks to pay for the reserved tickets. Once reserved, they will email you a copy of the reservation which you will use for your visa application.

  58. Lez 08/19/2014 at 8:14 pm #

    Hello Miss Lil, I need your advice po. My fiance from The Netherlands is going to sponsor everything from my trip hopefully this coming November, but the website of Netherlands stated there that the host should need to have atleast of proof of income for 12 month, but he has only 6 month income this month. So this what I did, I message the consular who helped with the questions regards the visa, and she did told me that I need to submit his 6 months contract but however she do advise me to submit my own income. But the thing is I will open a bank account this month and put a 1000 euros, do you think is that enough for me to be granted visa for a 60 days of visiting? Please do reply to me, I need your advice! Thank you Lil

  59. kimy 08/17/2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Hello! I’m wondering if I have a chance of getting a Schengen tourist visa. I’m still a college student in DLSU, have money in my bank account (but no ITR), have gotten a student visa in France from a student exchange program I did last year.

  60. Lez 08/17/2014 at 9:46 am #

    Hello wanderlass, my sponsor from Netherlands has only a 6 months contract from his work. But, we both want to visit me there for 3 months. Do you think I am possible to apply a visa with his 6 months of income? Please I need your help!

    • wanderlass 08/20/2014 at 5:03 pm #

      You can try to get additional sponsor, like his parents? If not, then you will just have to try submitting just 6 months worth, maybe they’ll consider.

      • Zel 08/20/2014 at 5:39 pm #

        But the general affairs in Netherlands consular told me that I can submit his 6 months contract and she advised me to have my own bank account with enough sufficient for myself. I am just a student and planning to open one, and putting a little enough money for that like 1000 euros for 2 months and my host will sponsor everything for my trip. Do you think, that is quiet enough to show to them? Thank you again Ms Lil, please hep me.

      • Renren 08/24/2014 at 3:37 pm #

        Hello everyone! i will have my appointment at the French Embassy on Aug. 26 @ 8am for 89 days vacation. these are the list of documents i will submit. i hope it’s a great help for everyone who wants to travel to France.

        • application form
        • passport copy
        • cover letter (itinerary)
        • roundtrip tickets
        • birth cert.-red ribbon
        • marriage cert.- red ribbon
        • travel insurance for 90 days (blue cross)
        • my bank certificate (264k)
        • statement of account (3 months)
        • my payslips (3 months)
        • certificate of employment
        • approved leave of absence (3 months approved)
        • my sponsor’s documents;
        • attestation d’accueil (approved by the city hall)
        • his national ID
        • apartment lease contract
        • proof of billing
        • his 2 major credit card contracts
        • statement of account
        • invitation letter
        • proof of friendship (convo on fb)
        • his work contract (internship)

        i hope i will be approved! GOD BLESS ME AND EVERYONE! BEST OF LUCK! i will update you once i get my visa. :)

        *i want to know your comments, advices and suggestions for people who travelled to France. thank you!

  61. rhavie 08/11/2014 at 12:27 am #

    is it really necessary to have an insurance even though probably ..ammm .. i’ll just stay in poland for about a week or so? i need your immediate compliance please thanks po =)

  62. Judy 08/10/2014 at 11:39 pm #

    Hello! I’m planning to apply for an Austrian tourist visa because my bf is living there. Also, he’ll apply for an electronic affidavit liability. Currently, I’m a working student. I work online so it’s not a full-time employment and I can’t obtain a Leave of Absence letter from the online company. Can my Leave of Absence form from my school suffice that?

  63. dzyre 08/09/2014 at 10:14 pm #

    May I know how many days was your itinerary? will we get higher chance of getting a visa if we told the embassy that we will just stay for a couple of days instead of 3 months?

  64. Shane 08/07/2014 at 7:01 am #

    Hello po. I do have a shengen visa already and my sponsor will shoulder all my expenses. Ask ko lang if the airport immigration will still ask a show money? Please do reply I will be leaving on Saturday. Thank you

    • gheen 10/04/2014 at 2:42 pm #

      Hi. I just wanna ask If u already traveled? I got schengen visa too but I’m worried if the immigration will ask some documents like show money..pls. Let me know soon.

      • Jean 10/06/2014 at 12:33 am #

        No. If you are sponsored by a host, they will just ask you a letter from your sponsor.

        • Rob 10/06/2014 at 1:06 pm #

          It’s always a good idea to have atleast some funds (such as for example cash, debit card, credit card, …) and not totallt broke. So you can call your host/sponsor, pay any unexpected small costs etc. If you have no financial means of any kind, atleast bring a copy of the most important documentation with you. A visa does not guarantee access, the borderguard may ask you to show that your travel purpose is legit, the costs are or will be covered and that you are not a risk of any kind. Have some contact details such as a telephonenumber of your sponsor/host at hand too or better yet have them wait for you at the airport. Just some preperation incase you do get checked more extensively by an eager or grumphy guard. For all you know you can simply walk through but it’s always good to be prepared. Nothing to worry over though, don’t expect a full interogation or them checking tons of documents such as some silly embassies that wish to see birtcertificates and marital status for some nonsense reason. The border guard simply wants to easily verify that you are a bona fide traveller. Save travels!

    • Lynuel Jane Aquino 10/07/2014 at 5:22 pm #

      No, I don’t think so, just enough money for travel tax.

  65. Bee 07/27/2014 at 5:42 am #

    How to apply if you’re a Philippine Passport holder living in the US? Thank you!

  66. Red 07/24/2014 at 2:17 pm #

    Hi! i just want to help you guys

    July 8 (Via PIASI appointment) i passed all the documents neccessary.

    July 24, i got my VISA :) No interview in Italy Embassy :) Just want to share because this blog helped me in my preparations!:)

  67. noel 07/23/2014 at 2:09 pm #

    Hi ms. wanda / all followers.

    i really gave time to read all the comments here. and it really helps alot though still early for me to say?. guys i need your help po. im planning to apply for a schengen visa for “spain” my family are actualy there. siblings and my mom. my sister who is an eu.citizen would like to invite me for a visit for 3 wks. reading almost all the msgs here. mixed thought. i am single. i worked as a nurse here for 2 yrs now. with this prng i already gave them the reason to be denied?.although looking with all the requirments na hinihingi nila. i can provide them all but still the fear to be denied dhl nga single ako at.nurse which in fact maliit lng ang sweldo d2 s pinas. should i realy.push through my application?.mahirap po b tlga pg sa spain embassy
    guus please.give some.details po. tips. subrng salamt po sainyong laht.

  68. mariel 07/23/2014 at 1:58 am #


    My sister and I got an invitation from my French National friend. So these are my queries:

    a. Is it fine if his parents will provide the attestation d accueil? Will there be an issue if my sis and I have the same sponsor? Will they ask personal questions regarding my relationship with his parents? I havent talked to them yet.

    b. My sis and I are in abroad but after our contract we will apply schengen visa in the Phil. So is it ok if we dont have proof of employment? But we have bank statement that can sustain our 7 day stay there.

    c. Our appointment in the Phil is on Aug 26. Is it ok if we return to Davao on 27th right after the appointment? Or should we stay longer in Manila?

    d. My sis and I are applying for student visa for Aus as well (after the trip, if granted!) Will they consider this as valid reason that we will not be overstaying in France?

    Thankyou so much. Im getting crazy for a month! Im not renewing my contract here because of this trip.

    God bless us all

  69. LaFemme 07/22/2014 at 6:00 pm #

    Hi wonderlass! My boyfriend & I are traveling to France this Sept for 12 days. Thank u for all the tips!…I managed to talk to an agent of Malaya Insurance & he told me that the insurance premium would only cost premium will be P1,100 for 15 days worldwide travel (including schengen and europe). Likewise, P1M is the benefit for accidental death, dismemberment and/or disablement cover (ok lang ba to since accdg sa requirement, dapat at least 30.000 Euros?) while P2.5M is the emergency medical treatment benefit in case of hospitalization due to accident/sickness. I haven’t purchased it yet as I had lots of inquiry from him like kung pwede nila indicate na for schengen/Europe siya & not just France. However, since I’ll be coming from Singapore & not the Philippines, I would only be covered once in Paris & not the whole duration of the trip, ok lng ba yun? Tapos, need pb talaga to indicate the ff sa certificate:

    > 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.
    > 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.

    Any advice would be very much appreciated!

  70. Amie 07/20/2014 at 6:45 am #

    Just an update. All four of us were given visa. Thank God

    • risingmoon 08/07/2014 at 1:17 am #

      congratulations to that.
      If allowed i would like to share my story (going on for nearly 2 years) hoping that someone maybe has a userful hint to me.
      Actually: Me is german, living in germany as well. My partner (I will call her “she” cause she is all femine for me, but by passport still man, as a transexual person) is philippina with philippines citizenship too.
      So last year we already applied for a visitors/tourist visa, as i did do the formal application form, even giving my income statements and all this, together with flight reservations, insurrance for her and simply every needed things. I even did put around 4.000 euro to her account as she was requested for bank statements too.
      She made that appointment in German Embassy, and did went there happyly. The shock came then. The “Interview” wasnt even an interview, the Lady there just asked her “Why you go there” and “How you know your sponsor”. That was all. 2 sentences. And she had a packet of prooves of our knowledge, that i visited there two times before and all this. No further comment that girl give.It was done after 1 minute. And the moment she left my GF could see her already stamping it. supposingly denied. Without even checking the whole papers.
      However, around a week later we got notice it was denied.
      I didnt accept it and requested a review, to at least know reason, and it was so very common reason:”no proove of rootyness in the philippines”. What a stupid and nonsense reason. I (just because of my nationality) can travel nearly any country in the world without any visa or “sponsor”, and noone asks me for my “rootyness” ever.
      I was trying to discuss it, beside that i did see it as a horrible discrimination, but its useless.
      The Problem now we were discussing over and over was: what to do now?
      The basic prooves they demand, we cant deliever. She is NOT doing a job actually (as she is taking care for the kids of her sister, which DO work), the money on the bank obviously doesnt count, property is not given (in meaning of owning house or land).
      So this seems to me a ridiculous dead end street?
      Long distance relationship will end up in frrustration sooner or later as it never leads to what both are looking for. If she were a girl (or same sex marriage- what it is by law defination- would be allowed in the philippines) it wouldnt be a prob as we could simply marrry over there and make her coming here with legally family visa after she did do her language tests. But as of her gender its not an option.
      So we are already at that point, that we even would do just anything to get a schengen visa in any country, to meet up and do an uncomplicated marriage in denmark. Which would be very unromantic, but at least helps us going forward.
      But even this: as i am german citizen i could just sponsor her towards german embassy. Not for a visa in any other schengen country. So this also seems to be a crazy point.
      So… i know thats probably the most asked and discussed question here, but does anyone just have any helpful hint?
      I am meanwhile at the point that costs no longer matter if we just get things moving.
      So, what only she could do to increase her chances is, that she will get a working offer/contract from a friend who is owning a business. I dont know if that really helps, but its the only thing.
      So… what are the options? I am not willing to give up, but i dont see what is the best way?
      Some told me she should just book a complete charter travel, like 10 days in prague over an agency, that would have good chances to be confirmed. But well… what if its declined again? a paid travel for nothing doesnt help much either.
      Other option is: i know that is also a well discussed point here: what country probably could offer best chances for a visa confirmation? What about denmark, as denmark is so well known for its marriage agencies and offer for real complication free european marriage… maybe there are also agencies with good contacts to the embassy who could help out a little? Do anyone have experiences with embassies of denmark, norway or finland?
      I am just thankful for any single hint, which could help us on our way. seriously. I would even go for a visadealer which promises to have contact to embassy and can guarantee (or paid on success) visa, but everything i heard about this is warning, cause most of it seems to be simple money rip off.
      So please, anyone with helpful experiences or hints, please contact me, as i am just about to collapse about this issue, cause i simply cant believe that this is possible in such a global world.
      Please… if you know something that could help out, dont hesitate.
      Thanks in regard and thanks for reading.

      Good luck to all here with the same problem.

      • Ladyboy felicity 08/22/2014 at 5:23 am #

        Hi Marc

        I’m Felicity a ladyboy and I applied a schengen visa to France coz my bf was a french. I understand how it feels because it happened to me, they denied my application though I answered all their queries regarding my travel to france, if you would go back to my previous post, you would see my interview experience. My bf and I traveled for 9 months around asia namely; hongkong, macau, china, thailand, laos, vietnam, cambodia, myanmar and just recently indonesia. The stamps on my passports are not enough to prove that I am capable of returning back to my country philippines. I got chinese and myanmar visa, but still not sufficient. I’m a Registered nurse in the philippines, licensed caregiver and licensed massage therapist and got a stable job in a call center industry. I submitted all my documents needed, but they still failed me. We didn’t give up I asked people what to do, so what I did, I submitted one document from my bf in france aside from attestation , he consulted his lawyer and solicitor regarding the notarized document promising that after 89 days of stay in france he will be sending me back to philippines, though he paid more than 24k just for one document. Now, I am still waiting for the visa either this week or last week of the month, my flight would be on Sept. 5, 2014..it was really a stressful and disappointing experience, I hope philippine french embassy would eliminate discrimination..I hope you won’t give up..patience is a virtue.. good luck..submit an appeal or motion of reconsideration.


        • sey78 09/09/2014 at 10:31 am #

          hi Felicity, how’s your visa application?

    • enelyn maata 08/19/2014 at 8:28 am #

      miss amie.itatanung ko lang po.ung bank account or bank statement as part of requirements.kc sa ate ko.sya naman kc ung magshoshoulder ng lahat ng expenses ng tour ko to paris.. pwede po ba un?anu dapat ko dalhin?bank account ng ate ko

      paki bigyan neo rin po ako ng completeng requirements natatakot kc ako madeny visa ko dahil hindi komplete..
      eto po number ko +639996122059

  71. Catherine 07/15/2014 at 9:34 pm #

    Hello Wanderlass. I’m back again in this blog after two years. :) At that time, I was declined by the consular for my french tourist visa application. I know why even if they didn’t really specify. But this time, I have a different reason to apply. I will be learning French in France. This is of course in preparation for my pursuit to get my master’s degree in the country. Luckily, I do have a sponsor: my boss. Aside from the business documents and bank details, I would have to submit a letter of sponsorship letter right? Do i need to notarize the letter? And do you have any sample for the format? I thank you in advance for you response.

  72. lorelie wabe mungin 07/15/2014 at 10:35 am #

    Hi ask ko sana kung makaka apply ba ako ng schengen visa for Ireland,at saka how long it takes ang visa,my medical pa ba yan at interview?hopefully to hear u soon thanx!

    • carl maxin 07/16/2014 at 6:03 pm #

      HELLO wanderlass, Im a bisexual po. I have this boyfriend in sweden for almost 1 and half year, i did applied tourist visa to go on sweden last year august and unfortunately i was rejected now im reapplying again.. The reason why they reject my application is that because i have no strong bond in the country as well as im young, so i decided to enrol myself on a college school again but i am already graduated, i have a bank acc. Wich is 400k already and my bf will do sponsor me so i guess it will be lessen they required 450 kronor per day, is this enough? And then does going to school can strengthen your application? Please do reply.. im planning to apply again this month. Thanks :)

      • abc 07/25/2014 at 4:31 pm #

        hi carl maxin . im gay and i have boyfriend here also in sweden i just here recently since you will visit your bf let him send all of his document to you. as long as you met each otehr already you can easily get visa mine just take 3 days before i get my tourist visa here in sweden. ..

        • Sey78 07/28/2014 at 10:07 pm #

          hi ABC!

          how long will you be staying in Sweden? how’s the itinerary would look like?what travel insurance agency you did have?

          • abc 09/18/2014 at 10:10 pm #

            i stay in sweden for 22 days im here now in manila . sa malayan ako kumuha nang insurance , sa royal norweian embassy ako nagaapply mababait tao dun sobrang babait .
            sobrang ganda sa sweden you will like it promise :)

        • sey78 08/11/2014 at 9:23 pm #

          hi ABC! i will be processing visa for Sweden. I would like to ask if the documents from your boyfriend was sent thru email or snail mail (courier)?

    • Lukas 08/18/2014 at 11:02 am #

      Sorry, ireland is not a schengen member.

      • wanderlass 08/20/2014 at 5:01 pm #

        Republic of Ireland is member of Schengen. It is Northern Ireland that is part of United Kingdom.

  73. lorelie wabe mungin 07/15/2014 at 10:29 am #

    Hi good morning,i just wanna ask,kung mkaka apply ba ako ng schengen visa to Ireland?at saka how long it takes ang visa? meron paba din yan medical at interview? hope to hear u soon.thanx!

  74. Devina Dewi 07/14/2014 at 5:01 pm #

    Hi everyone,
    Update on my friend’s schengen visa application dated 7th July. It has been a week as of today so my friend asked me to helped me to get the contact number of Consulate of Finland just in case (as the officer mentioned to us that her documents will be submitted to the Consulate of Finland in Manila and will take a month give and take) as she was out of town and away from the internet connection. As our friends in Finland are asking for updates of her visa because we were supposed to fly on 3rd August (I booked mine already), she would like to check the results / updates at least.
    So I went to look into the website and I read that it was mentioned the Consulate of Finland Manila is closed between 7th July – 18th Aug 2014! My friend went horrified and really worried that she went to contact the visa section in the Norwegian Embassy and they told her that there is no application update in the system and documents may be sendt to Embassy of Finland in Malaysia instead and asked her to contact there! As I’m in Malaysia, I helped to contact the Embassy (as it is too expensive to call for her) and asked about the documents submission as their Consulate in Manila is closed. However, the lady in the Embassy said there is no such thing as process of visa application is strictly done by the Norwegian Embassy of Manila and they only will receive documents that are rejected and request for appeal.
    This really saddens my friend as she heard that and she couldn’t contact the Norwegian Embassy because it is already closed (1pm-3pm opening hours) and now she is so confused if her documents got rejected and all that…however she didn’t even get any update stating her visa got rejected and she didn’t request for appeal? She is very confused and now thinking has the Embassy not been telling the truth?
    Hope you guys can give pointers.

  75. Emmarielle Candeza Hagedorn 07/14/2014 at 12:52 pm #

    I’m planning to travel to Norway for two weeks on September, coz that’s the only holiday I have from work. However, I do work and live in Thailand. Does the process and requirements are the the same to apply here in Bangkok?

  76. Amie 07/14/2014 at 9:42 am #

    Hi, reading blogs helped us a lot in preparing for our visa application that’s why I thought of sharing our experience, hoping this would benefit some readers. My two siblings and my mom will be my traveling companions. First we decided on where to go, then on the number of days to stay in each states. Each of us siblings has assigned task to do. I checked on airfares and accommodations, my youngest sister is in charge of the supporting documents needed, and my other sister drives us around. I read in some blogs that it may take weeks and even months before one is able to get an appointment that’s why I decided to call for an appointment thinking that we will still have much time to prepare. I called for an appointment last Tuesday and got a schedule on Friday. Actually, I can be scheduled as early as the following day. I just requested for Friday. Since our time to prepare was short, the two days that followed were so stressful. Wednesday, I inquired from travel agencies for our itinerary. I was able to get a low fare but was given only until July 15 to purchase to avail the low price. We don’t want to take the risk. I read in a blog that one may call the airline directly to reserve and hold a flight. I called Singapore Airlines to inquire about reservation. I was able to get a reservation and was given two weeks to pay. Then we went to banks to request for bank certificates. Some banks were able to give us the certificates right away while others asked us to return the following day. There were also those who asked us to come back after 3 to 5 days. After computing that we have certificates which totaled triple the amount that we need to cover our trip, we didn’t push through with the other request for bank certificates. The following day, Thursday, I found out that I gave the airline a wrong date for our side trip to Singapore. I called the airline office again and thank God, was able to correct the flight details at the same promo price. Next step is to get a travel insurance. All the while we thought we need to purchase this for the interview. We were so stressed because the travel agency where we wanted to get our travel insurance, asked us to secure medical certificate for my 76 year mom, as a requirement by blue cross for the insurance. To be able to get the travel insurance right away, we were advised to go straight to blue cross office in Makati. Since we still have to go back to the banks for the certificates, I inquired from another travel agency where we used to purchase our plane tickets. Upon seeing that all we have is a reservation and not plane tickets, the travel agent told us that we don’t need to purchase a travel insurance yet. She said she can give us a certification at P300/applicant. It really pays to have a trusted travel agency. Come Friday, we left early for our appointment with the Embassy of France. Our interview was at 8:30, we were asked to come 30 minutes before the schedule. We arrived at the embassy at 7:50. At the embassy, we were asked for our cellphones. Since we know that cell phones will not be allowed inside the room, only one of us brought a cell phone so can have something to use to call our companion to fetch us from the embassy once we’re done. When our no. was called, all four of us went to the first window. Since all of us have the same itinerary, we were asked to hand documents of just one of us. We gave our mom’s documents. The lady sifted through the documents and advised us to remove unnecessary documents. One has to stick to the embassy’s required documents. Past travels, old passports, land titles, stocks certificates, accountant’s note (as attachment to the ITR) were asked to be removed. We were asked to sit down and wait to be called again for the biometrics and interview. When we were called again, our biometrics were taken and photocopies of our documents were asked to be submitted. Though traveling as a group, each of us submitted our documents and prepared our own cover letter which basically contains the same message. Not much were asked during the interview. We were only asked about the nature of our work/ business, my mom’s monthly income, other visas given to us and if it’s our first time to go to Europe. We were asked to go back on July 17 for the result. Praying and hoping that we will be granted Schengen visa. I’ll update you of the result next week.

    • Grace 07/14/2014 at 5:39 pm #

      Hello. Did you get the travel insurance? And if so did you have to cover the whole trip? Because my mom will travel to uk for 6 months and while she is here we will go to paris. I initially thought she can get travel insurance for the 4 days Paris tour only but bluecross is charging me for the whole trip. The thing is she does not require an insurance while in the UK. Please let me know as she has her appointment soon as well. Thanks very much.

      • Francis Flores 07/15/2014 at 6:17 pm #

        Hi Grace Im not wanderlass but maybe this will help. You can get travel insurance from other provider. The cheapest insurance that I got was from Malayan Insurance from RCBC. Or Chartis? are you familiar with them? It doesnt matter if you are applying in london and the insurance is coming from philippines since I believe your mom holds a philippine passport. you can get covered for a month for only less than 2 thousand pesos if unlucky you can refund it hahaha! Goodluck

  77. abc 07/12/2014 at 4:24 am #

    hi there :) i just want to share my experience .
    i had my interview last thursday in norwegian embassy
    suggest ko lang guy kung magaaply kayu ng schngen visa norwegian embassy kayu magapply sobrang babait ng stuff dun even the guards .
    the girl who biometric me tinawanan nya pa ako kasi nagpapawis yung kamay ko sa sobrang kaba ko and then she said dont worry this is the last after this u can go home .
    and the girl who interview me shes trying to look strict even thu its obvious na mbait sya haha. just waiting for the final judgemtn . sana makakuha ako wish me luck haha :)

  78. iamkimyu 07/12/2014 at 12:16 am #

    Hi Wanderlass!

    We’re planning to apply for Schengen Visa thru Italian Embassy because, we will stay in Italy for the longest. Our travel date will be on November 1-10, 2014. My question is, is it much better if we call Italian VAC and set for an appointment now or should I wait for last week of July? and some says that you’ll only set an appointment then on the said date you’ll just have your biometrics and pass your documents (no interview) while some says that there is an interview, do you have any idea about it? Thank you :)

    • Amie 07/13/2014 at 11:15 pm #

      Hi iamkimyu, my friend with her family applied thru the Italian embassy two months ago. She told me they were interviewed. They were granted visas too.

  79. Lynuel Jane Aquino 07/10/2014 at 12:13 pm #

    Ugh! Unfortunately, I missed my first flight to Seoul last night, because of an accident ahead when I was on my way to Cebu city riding a bus, got stuck with a traffic jam cause if some huge accident, any suggestions please? I really need your help right now. Is it also possible to move my flight tomorrow?

  80. Devina Dewi 07/09/2014 at 11:42 pm #


    I hope some of you could help me understand better as I need to comfort my friend who is in Manila. I’m a Malaysian who is going to Finland on 3rd August and invited my friend, who needs to apply the Schengen Visa. I helped her to organize all documents so would be easier for her interview which was on 7th July in The Royal Norwegian Embassy.

    We reached there 5 minutes before the interview time and she was clearly very nervous so I managed to enter the ground level of the Embassy (at the side building) to calm her down and give my support (the security thought I was her sponsor hahaa) where she was then called and gave her documents. She was honestly puzzled and sad because they only asked her two questions about her documents and they stamped her original passport as:

    “C/D VISA No.
    july 7th, 2014
    Norwegian Embassy Manila”

    And then returned the passport to her and just said “the documents will be delivered to the Consulate of Finland and will take a month give and take” which we were shocked because the trip is between 3rd August – 24th August 2014. And they instructed her to go to the 21st Floor in the building but I was not allowed to follow. So I told my friend maybe the interview will be upstairs instead so I told her to be calm just to motivate her.

    I waited outside the building for 40 minutes and she came out looking very sad. She said there wasn’t any interview or questions at all and all they did was take her documents and fingerprints etc. She tried giving her original passport but they gave back and said the same thing to wait for the results within a month via text message or email. Until today she has been asking herself why the Embassy doesn’t want to take her passport and feels like she has a very slim chance to get a visa.

    I forgot to say that in Finland, I am visiting my friends who are also from the Philippines originally and introduced my friend in MAnila to them this year so they gave an invitation letter to my friend and I together to Finland to travel around in Europe as they won’t have time to return to Philippines and have a trip altogether due to work there. I even created a Proof of Relationship to connect all of us in pictures just so my friend could pass to the embassy (as she doesn’t have a direct friendship and picture with my friends in Finland “yet”) :)

    Has anyone experience this? My friend feels like she has been rejected already and was so sad on the 7th July until before my flight earlier that evening. Hope everyone can give their thoughts and similar experience and results.

    So could anyone give me their experience on how long they get their visa results? Was it by text or email? And how does the process goes from there? I’m trying to comfort my friend because she is still very devastated until today and like pretty much give up hope.


  81. abc 07/09/2014 at 12:28 am #

    hi i will be on norwegien embassy on thursday , and i have all th document i needed my boyfriend will sponsor me for this trip i have all of his document from bank statement , pay slip, return tax , passport copy , invitation letter, plane ticket , passport stamp from our past trip in asia, lahat ng documents nya isinend nya sa akin now on my part aside from passport , and application form birthcertificate and some IDs. what more do i have to bring??
    kinakabahan ako hahaha.

  82. Lynuel Jane Aquino 07/08/2014 at 10:55 pm #

    Yay! Leaving tomorrow to sweden.. I just hope my flights on board will be fine.. thankie so much wanderlass.. and to those who are on their way to apply for a Visa.. goodluck. dont cha worry they dont ask much Q’s, they’re nice there and friendly,, just chill and you’ll pass the interview.

    • Grace 07/11/2014 at 8:58 pm #

      Hello everyone. Any idea how long visas are issued from french embassy nowadays? My mom will be applying next week and she will travel to Paris from here in London so i have to make bookings.

    • carl maxin 07/16/2014 at 5:46 pm #

      Hello, i have applied last year for sweden visa. But unfortunately i was rejected now im reapplying again. I just want to ask what requirements you hve submitted.. Please do reply.. Thanks

    • kkkimberfire 10/31/2014 at 10:21 am #

      Is it your first time leaving for Sweden? Did you have a guarantor?

  83. Ladyboy felicity 07/08/2014 at 12:23 pm #

    Hello everyone, just want to let you all know that I’m a ladyboy(transgender) I got a french bf and had my visa interview just this monday July 7, 2014. He asked me a lot of questions and for all those who wants to apply for a french visa pls..download the application form on their site. I was told that I got an incorrect visa application form though my form was 3 pages and the french form was just 2 pages I totally started from the beginning from computerized to hand written. I was so nervous because its not legible so pls be careful. They asked me a lot of questions I was called at window 5 first and the very intimidating filipina interviewee asked me about one copy of the requirements and I asked which one the original or the photo copy, she said any of the two so I handed her the photo copied documents. She said just removed the unecessary things the first page of the passport and the visa I’ve got from my previous months or travel with my bf.,should only be included.She asked me how are you related to the person I would be visiting I said a friend. She keeps on scanning my papers and asked my passport and the exact amount of 3570 pesos. So she gave me the right form and extra paper with questionnaires regarding my host. So I went back to the chair and filled up the form and answer the questionnaires and was called at window 2. He was a guy with french nationality I guess because of his accent still you could recognize the french accent. He let me check if the receipt was correctly spelled with my name on it and the birthdate. I said yes. He asked for my documents and asked several question. I answered his questions withouth dead air i was excited and happy and proud of telling him a story about our travel. A lot of questions asked to me regarding what’s in it. Well, I just directly answered what was asked, we met last Nov 18, 2012 online through a dating site.
    How are you related with this guy? He’s my bf.
    Did you meet in real, I answered yes.
    When did he arrive in Philippines? He arrived last April 2013.
    How long you’ve been together since you’ve met? We’ve been together for9months traveling abroad.
    When was your last travel? That was on Feb 15, 2014 in Indonesia.
    Why you think he invited you? Since, I let him see how beauty my country is and upon seeing the beautiful places and sceneries and how I cared and love him and how happy he was, it is his way to say thank you for the wonderful time he spent with me during his stay, that’s why in return he wants me to see the beauty of his place and will do more with what I showed about the care and love to him when he was still in the Philippines..The guy who asked me was a little bit convinced. He asked me a follow up question.
    What did he do in France? He’s working in a known bank company in paris as a property manager..
    Are you currently on leave? No, I intend to leave on _________..
    The guy who asked me to return back on a specific date right after my birth day.. That was an amazing experience, though people could hear your answers and the questions thatwas asked to you..
    Oh, Lord I offer you my faith and I’ll respect it if what decision you’ll be given to me. Thank you for not leaving me despite of all hardships that I had before and now is a judgement day..!Please, help me oh Lord, you know how hard I tried and exerted efforts just for this thing to be possible. I want your approval. Amen..

    • Catherine 07/15/2014 at 8:17 pm #

      Hey there? any updates? I truly empathize with your story.

  84. Mac 07/08/2014 at 7:31 am #

    Good day! I am planning to visit Denmark next year February and will apply for a Schengen Visa. When should I need to apply and which consulate is better? I am in Cebu City. Thank you!

  85. mariel 07/05/2014 at 5:33 pm #

    Hi, im planning to visit Sweden. Need ko ba sa Denmark iapply yung schengen visa since sa Copenhagen ako papasok? My flight would be Mnl-Dubai Dubai-Copenhagen. Please help

    • KOREEN 07/07/2014 at 3:49 pm #

      Hi Mariel

      Based on my experience, you should still indicate Sweden on your ticket reservation since it is your destination. Also, I believe Norweigian Embassy is the one who accommodate Schengen visa for Sweden coz I applied mine there :)

      • mariel 07/08/2014 at 5:15 pm #

        Thanks dear! someone told me to apply for sa Denmark so naguguluhan ako. E I”ll be staying in Sweden lang naman tlga .. Im currently a freelancer (no reg job) so goodluck to me. I dont have any cert of employment or my own business reg. Do you think papasa ko?

        • KOREEN 07/08/2014 at 6:24 pm #

          If the person who told you were able to process her visa going to Sweden there, I guess you should try. But since what Im telling you was my personal experience, so I suggest, go to Norweigian Embassy instead and if you are just going to stay in Sweden, better submit plane ticket going to Sweden (Stockholm airport) itself Here’s what I have observed during my visa process. If you are going on a vacation with your loved ones, I’m telling you, it doesnt matter, if you dont have a job or anything that will prove that you are coming back. Im saying this because the fact that the Consul will understand that your “relationship” might end up there soon, you know what I mean. However, you should still prove your relationship with your loved ones. How genuine it is. Good luck!

  86. Amie 07/03/2014 at 8:22 pm #

    Hi, these are very informative, thanks. Me, my 77 yr. old mom and my two sisters plan to go to London and Europe on September 2014. We are currently filling up the application for UK Visa, after which we will proceed with Schengen visa application. Should we wait for the result of our UK visa application before we apply for a Schengen visa? Do you think we have enough time for this? Our friend will accommodate us in Paris, do we need to ask her for attestation d’accueil, if it’s only the accommodation that she’s giving us? All other expenses will be shouldered by us, actually by my mom. Thanks

    • zeg 07/05/2014 at 5:13 pm #

      Hi wanderlass, ask ko lang sana kasi yung school na pinapasukan ko eh wala naman daw leave of absence na binbgay. Eh kasi my fiance from Netherlands, wants me to have a tour there this coming november, pero and end ng sememster ko by otober. What will be the best to present na talagang babalik pa ako? I really need your help po :-)

      And para po sa mga nagaapplh sa netherlands embassy, pa share naman ng mga experience thank you! :*

  87. bernbarrion 07/02/2014 at 3:10 pm #

    hi.. ellow.. wanderlass..am bernard currently working po dito sa saudi arabia bilang autocad operator..
    magbabakasyun po ako sa pinas sa november.. dalawang buwan bakasyun ko..
    eh ung frend ko po nasa spain.. invite po nya ako dun kc may nakuha syang bagong bahay..
    pwede po bang pag uwi ko ng bakasyun ko sa pinas eh makapaunta ako ng spain..pwede ba un..
    ano po kaya ang mga kailangan ko ayusin..mga papel na dapat kung ayusin at ihanda..
    pwede po bang bigyan nyo ako ng mga dapat gawin..
    mga limang araw lng nmn un aking kailangan..
    dalawang buwan lng ung aking bakasyun pwede po bang maayus ung papel
    ko at makapunta agad ako ng spain bago matapos ung aking bakasyun..
    kailangan ko rin agad kc makabalik ng saudi.. sana po ay iyong mabigyan ako ng mga dapat gawin. salamat po.. more power po..

    • bernbarrion 07/06/2014 at 1:58 pm #

      wala po kyo idea? am just thinking that maybe u have some idea what to do.. any way thank po.. more power…

  88. joy hayes 07/02/2014 at 4:29 am #

    Hi, I am currently in the UK on a visit visa. Will I be able to apply for Schengen visa in while im in the UK?


  89. rubylyn 06/30/2014 at 1:52 pm #

    what kind of visa is needed if married to French National?

  90. kereschuper 06/29/2014 at 7:28 pm #

    hi wanderlass, is it really required to pass a 3 months bank statement as a proof of income, may bank account ako pero i just open it and di ko naman cya nilalagyan pero may maintaning balance lng cya, is it ok kung 3 months payslip lng ang ipasa ko as a proof of income with company stamp. one more question, if tlagang kailangan ng bank statement is it ok na bigla ko na lng lagyan ng pera yung account ko saka ko ipasa yung latest bank statement. i hope you can reply to my quiries, just worried kc magppasked na kame ng wife ko this week ng sched for interview. TY

    • wanderlass 07/02/2014 at 1:19 pm #

      Italian Embassy actually asked for 6mo history

      • Mems 07/04/2014 at 5:35 pm #

        Hi everyone , i just got my visa , very quick at norwegian embassy ill be going there on august and going back november coz i just get the tourist visa
        My question would be :
        In this situation i am pregnant and my husband is a nordic citizen he want me to deliver the child in norway , what should i do to reach it , i am going to deliver on march 2015 please give me advice guys :) thank u

        • Devina Dewi 07/09/2014 at 11:20 pm #

          Hi Mems, great to hear that you got your visa! I acocmpanied my friend to her appointment in Norwegian Embassy on 7th July but she was so sad coz there wasn’t any interview questions, just took her application and documents and fingerprints and gave back her original passport with Stamp cop of “C/D Visa 7th July 2014 in Norwegian Embassy”.
          Can I check with you how long did you have to wait for the visa results? And was it via text or email? How’s the process like? I’m trying to comfort my friend who is so sad as we are supposed to travel on the 3rd August – 24th August to Finland. :(
          Any advice? :) Thank you.

      • Renren 07/17/2014 at 12:54 pm #

        hi ms. i want to know what are the requirements i need to submit to my host for the attestation d’accueil? i will travel to France. thank you!

      • Renren 08/03/2014 at 12:19 pm #

        Do I still have to give my ITR from my previous job? because I have a new job already and i’ve been working there for 4 months so, I don’t have an ITR from my latest work. only in my previous, it was given in Feb. 2014, for the year 2013. it says on the requirements, • Income Tax Return “”if applicable”” though. I will have my appointment at the French Embassy on Aug. 26. I will update you. Godbless!

  91. Nelia Valenzuela 06/28/2014 at 4:16 pm #

    Hi my mom is 74yrs old, and would like us to spend xmas season in Italy. But at the moment I’m here in dubai, and she’s in the philippines. I believe she’s needs to apply her visa from the Philippines, any suggestion or tips would be convenient and easier for her to apply. Thank you so much in advance.

  92. marvy almeda 06/28/2014 at 1:43 pm #

    Hi, may i asked mga how much ang travel insurance and how much dapat ang makita sa ITR at sa bank? please help. thanks

  93. Mallows 06/19/2014 at 2:14 am #

    Hello my aunt plan to invite me as visitors visa in Germany i would like to ask if the embassy required me at lease I been already travel to Asian country? Or is it really required me? Or what if I don’t have? Do I still have the chance to get the visa? And how much money they required to see in my bank statement? Thank you very much

  94. cazhie 06/13/2014 at 10:03 pm #

    hi im student ask ko lng if need ko pa din ba ng Leave of absence i finish my 1st semester and i decided to continue again in june yung 2nd semester ko.. thank you ..

    • wanderlass 06/18/2014 at 5:51 pm #

      if you are traveling during school month, you need to present LOA.

      • Riz 06/18/2014 at 9:10 pm #

        Hi wanderlass and to all ,
        Just asking if what would be the best proof that i will be back to the philippines ,i am applying for Schengen visa my appointment is on june 30,2014 . I have no work , i am just 18 years old and i will visit a boyfriend from norway and also i have no bank account , what should i present for assurance that ill be back to the philippines ? All of my expenses are covered also

        • Zypheir 06/24/2014 at 3:47 am #

          Try to check the checklist provided at norway.ph dun din po ako nag apply. Pero if student ka provide ka po ng documents which is nasa checklist din. If wala talaga ask your bf’s papers. Dahil under sponsorship ka naman. You should prove that mag bf talaga kayo.
          Sa case ko po kasi pinadala sakin lahat ng papers ng swed gf ko. Gumawa din kami invitation letter aside from formal invitation letter. Nasa site po lahat ng norway embassy yun. I applied last june 4 and june 6 may visa na ako. Plane tickets and health insurance is the most important para alam nila babalik ka ng pinas. Goodluck po.

          • Kim Reyes 11/14/2014 at 8:47 am #

            Hi. Did you present photos of you together?

        • siz 08/30/2014 at 1:52 pm #

          Any updates pls if you got ur visa approve?

      • Renren 06/19/2014 at 12:48 am #

        hi Ms.
        my sponsor is a college student but he has two major credit cards. one of the requirements from him should have 2 months payslips. is it really necessary for him to provide the payslips? or bank certification is enough? he will have a summer job this July-August and I plan to travel in France on September 14. thanks for your attention.

        • wanderlass 06/19/2014 at 10:48 am #

          if he is still supported (living with) his parents, you should use that for better chance of approval.

          • Renren 06/19/2014 at 12:24 pm #

            he’s staying in an apartment near his university. what should he use as his requirements? he will only provide me accomodation. i will buy my own ticket and can provide my own show money. thank you.

  95. felicitynicolas 06/13/2014 at 1:48 pm #

    HI WANDERLASS, I got my appointment sched this july 7 at the french embassy, i already received all my bf’s documents. I’m just waiting for that judgement day to come. Wish me luck wanderlass..

    • mitch 06/14/2014 at 6:22 am #

      hi wanderlass..

      my boyfriend is a french nationale and i will pay him and his family a visit this coming november..i only got 100k on my account right now however my boyfriend will be my sponsor on this trip. do i need to present both our bank details? im planning to stay from november until after new year.. we want to maximize my stay.

      thanks! oh and your blog is very helpful to us..thanks again!

      • wanderlass 06/18/2014 at 5:53 pm #

        yes, you need to present both because 100,000 will not go vary far to support you for 3 months.

        • mitch 06/19/2014 at 11:13 am #

          hI,thanks for the reply,im quite surprised to get a reply because i know you got loads to reply to..but i appreciate your thoughts..

      • rhose 06/25/2014 at 11:46 pm #

        Hi Mitch,

        You must bring all the requirements..because one requirements that you cannot submit it can cause you problem..
        Bank details both is very important…
        I been in Switzerland Embassy, that Embassy is so strick: but my visa application is approved because I submit all the requirements and I pass the interviewed.. Not easy but be positive..

  96. Zypheir Roland Garcia 06/09/2014 at 7:20 pm #

    Thanks for this blog! Really a big help for those who are applying for a visa!
    I just wanna share my experience when i got my VISA from ROYAL NORWEGIAN EMBASSY:

    For almost 5mos of preparation nakuha ko rin ang 3mos tourist visa ko to SWEDEN. This blog helped me a lot to gather some ideas from other comments. Nagbabasa lang ako pero di ako nagpopost ng inquiry. Hehe.

    NORWEGIAN EMBASSY is one of the easiest embassy too to get a tourist visa. For some reasons na madami silang kasaling countries in just one embassy, like Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland etc. Also they have very concise steps and guides found on their website (norway.ph) on what kind of tourist visa na gusto mo iapply (for fiance, gf or bf, visiting friends, family etc). Online din ang booking and application so no need to call them. After applying your visa online pwede mo na i-print ang mismong application form mo. So no need to fill it out by hand.

    Pero may mga forms din na pwede mo i download at yun ang ginawa ko. Pero be sure lang na the same infos ang nilagay mo sa application online.

    I applied for a tourist visa to visit my Gf in SWEDEN. If sponsor ka mas madali at yun po ginawa namin. She sent me a lot of forms na required sa checklist. My appointment was last July 4, 2014.

    Sa embassy sobrang strict ang nasa desk na unang magchecheck ng papers mo. And be sure you should arrive 1HOUR before your appointment dahil di ka papapasukin ng guard pag late ka. After they call my name. I was so excited instead of being nervous. Haha. I thought madaming tanong pero i got all my papers so wala ng interview but rather she just checked all the papers.

    They also got my biometrics and they told me to wait for the result 2-5 working days.

    Thanks God after visiting QUIAPO church. In just 2days positive result, i git my visa last JULY 6, 2014. And i surprised my Gf after 3days. Hahaha. Masasabi mong yun na yun kadali!?

    If you want a positive result. BE SURE TO SUBMIT all the required docs on the checklist! Esp. your plane ticket and health insurance.

    Thanks wanderlass! More power!

    • rhose 06/26/2014 at 12:00 am #

      Yes your correct: Norwegian Embassy is one of the easiest embassy to get a tourist visa base in your Explanation..And I have friend apply also in that Embassy she received her visa. Compare in Switzerland Embassy-but I am one of the lucky applicants during my time because i received my tourist visa in Switzerland Embassy..

      All applicants complete all your requirements: be ready for interview and pray..
      Now the agony that I experiencing is my residence permit…11 months now this coming July..not easy to wait and feel nervous every time to time..

    • mariel 06/26/2014 at 12:08 pm #

      Hi. I’m planning to visit my boy friend in Sweden. I just graduated and didn’t have any jobs. I don’t have certificate of employment or income tax return, or even a bank account. Pero he’ll sponsor me. We are just worried na hindi ako maapprove because of that. :(

    • abc 07/07/2014 at 2:54 am #

      Hi magaaply rinako ng visa this week is my schedule.my boyfriend will be my sponsor for this trip and he send all the document i will need ask ko lang kung anung ipapasa ko aside from my passport?? Kasi halos ng documents ay galing sa boyfriend ko???

    • Devina Dewi 07/09/2014 at 11:25 pm #

      Hi Zypheir, great to hear that you got your visa! I accompanied my good friend to her appointment in Norwegian Embassy on 7th July but she was so sad coz there wasn’t any interview questions, just took her application and documents and fingerprints and gave back her original passport with Stamp cop of “C/D Visa 7th July 2014 in Norwegian Embassy”. They kept saying to her that she needs to wait for results within a month give and take.
      Can I check with you on how you got your results of the visa application? was it via text or email? How’s the process like? I’m trying to comfort my friend who is so sad as we are supposed to travel on the 3rd August – 24th August to Finland. :( I’m hoping she can really travel with me as she has been wanting to go to Europe and visit my friends there.
      Any advice? :) Thank you.

    • kkkimberfire 10/30/2014 at 1:11 pm #

      Kapag ba binalik yung passport, denied yun? Pero complete documents naman ako except sa proof na nagmeet na kami kasi first time meeting nga namin ito if ever. Visa to visit a friend ang inapply ko pero special friend ko, parang bf na rin pero gusto namin sana inconfirm ang relationship once magkita na nga kami. Sya din ang guarantor ko, may UDI form naman ako. Basta complete naman docs. Sa first floor muna ako nagpunta and then the officer checked my documents and then nilagyan ng stamp yung cover letter ko and then yung passport ko. Tapos binigyan ako yellow stub and pinapunta sa 21st floor for biometrics and picture taking. Binigay ko din dun mga docs ko pero passport ko binalik sa akin. And then sabi sa akin wait na lang for the email. Ano po kaya ibig sabihin nito? I’m so worried. :/

    • Kim Reyes 11/14/2014 at 8:50 am #

      Glad you got approved. :) Did you submit pics of you and your gf together? And your financial docs, even if you were sponsored?

  97. Blue Knight 06/09/2014 at 4:43 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass

    I would like to say that your blog really helped me a lot and glad that I was granted a Schengen Visa. Unfortunately, I had an unexpected travel plans in the UK and the Schengen visa went expire so, I never have the chance to use them. I received an e-mail reply from French Embassy Manila that I still need to report in the embassy after the my trip or else being banned in any Schengen states.

    I’m just wondering if you or some of here did the same thing after your Schengen trip? or Do we still need to make an appointment in the French embassy just to report that your trip ended? Thanks Wandelass and guys for your comments

    • wanderlass 06/09/2014 at 5:52 pm #

      When I applied in 2011, someone who was granted visa were asked to do that, report back when they return. I was not asked to so I don’t know if you have to make and appointment. Why don’t you reply to their email. Did you tell them that you never got to France? Why do you need “to report after your trip” if you were never on a trip?

      • Roselyn pablico 07/06/2014 at 1:12 pm #

        Hi! Im a volunteer nurse from philippines. What are my requirements in applying schengen visa?? Ive been there 5years ago but my permit of stay has expired. Is it ok if i apply again for schengen visa for 90-day period??

  98. felicitynicolas 06/09/2014 at 2:19 pm #

    hi wanderlass,

    i just want to ask if do i have to procure the 2 proof of income which is bank certificate and 3 months bank statements.? or is it okay to get the bank certificate only? I’ll be applying for french visa this week and planning to go to france this september.. i’m so confused about it. and where i could find the cheapest travel insurance?
    thnx in advance

  99. zel 06/03/2014 at 10:34 pm #

    HI Ms. Lil and to all your followers and to everyone here in the helpful website.
    I just want to know kasi po first time ko magapply ng Schengen Visa through Dutch Embassy, my host will be my Fiance, and we did met last May 24, 2014 and he will support me 101% from all the fees and my stay there. We want to have a 90 days of stay, what do you think will be the best reason for me to tell them is it enough saying that “I am going to visit my fiance, and wanna know how is he doing on his everyday lives there. And as for me to celebrate My birthday on november, christmas and new years as well with him there” and we plan for me to go there this coming november, and do you think it is okay for me to apply now? I really need an answer, Ms. Lil or anyone else here. Thanks!!! :)

    • zel 06/05/2014 at 1:43 pm #

      Hi Ms. Lil, please enlighten me po. I am so nervous of this. Give me some advice. Thanks!

    • Sey78 07/28/2014 at 10:40 pm #

      hi Zel,

      were you able to process your visa? how did you construct your “daily” itinerary?

      • Zel 08/20/2014 at 5:36 pm #

        Hi Sey78, I haven’t applied for it yet, I am still waiting for my passport to be release on September 23, and planning to apply around october and the plan was to visit there this coming november for 2 months. I am not sure how to do the itinerary yet, because the plan for now is to stay and visit my fiance there and if he got only a vacation leave then we will go visit Paris. How about yours? Where are you going to apply? Thanks :)

  100. Silverio Torres 05/31/2014 at 8:34 pm #

    hi andito po ako sa afghanistan ngayon at gusto kung magbakasyon sa italy this coming october for 21 days panu po ako makakakuha ng schengen visa.

  101. Roku 05/29/2014 at 11:08 pm #

    My Filipino girlfriend is coming soon to Sweden with approved 90 days Schengen Visa.
    Is it enough to buy one way ticket Philippines-Sweden and have only a reservation for a comeback flight? Couldn’t find any answer for that question.
    Regards !

    • wanderlass 06/05/2014 at 1:44 pm #

      It is possible she will not be allowed to board airplane without actual return ticket. They ask for it before check in.

    • Jingky 07/11/2014 at 8:22 am #

      Hi. My name is Jingky. I Am here at norway right now and Saturday I go back to phil.. I got a schegen visa. If your GF same visa I have. You need to get ticket back and fort.. Because if you only had one way ticket you can not allowed to fly..It’s happened with me when I was at the airport in manila..they will not let me go in fly. Take care and god bless!

  102. stella 05/15/2014 at 12:55 pm #

    Hi, just applied for swiss visa being sponsored by my british boyfriend working in zurich. Compele requirements wete submitted but my application gor a fifteen day stay was denied. I had about 250k in the bank, emlpoyed in the govt, with cert of employment, ITR, authority yo travel, credit card photocopies, complete requirements from my bf, invitation letter though it did not indicate my entry and exit in the letter. He did not send me his financial statement though. Still, i was denied for reason that my purpose and conditions of my stay was not provided plus it is not shownthat i would stay in schengen member states within the expiry of my visa was not provided. What shall we do and need to submit to support my appeal of my application. Please help

  103. Luisa 05/10/2014 at 10:44 pm #

    HI just want to ask mas madali ba ma approve pag me multiple entry US visa na?

  104. cookie 05/10/2014 at 8:37 am #

    Hi Koreen,

    The answer is NO. They’re really strict about the details. . . . ..

  105. cookie 05/10/2014 at 8:25 am #

    Hi Rudy,

    Interview first (If visa is approved) they’ll ask for your confirmed Flight + Travel Insurance

  106. shazeeemie 05/09/2014 at 3:21 am #

    Hello there. I had my interview last Wednesday pero after my interview the lady did not gave my any stub when to claim my passport she only gave me a papaer stating that I have to submit the missing documents, I just sent the missing documents last night. Tanung ko lang po, do I have to call the embassy and ask about the claim stub or they will inform me about it? Nahihiya po kasi ako tumawag, kasi during my interview they verified my mailing address so I assume that they will send it through courier. Tama po ba? Please Help me to answer my question. Thanks a lot.

  107. Lou 05/03/2014 at 12:19 pm #

    Hi my husband is Polish,,we got married here in Phillippines, He works in Qatar, We plan to visit Poland this year, May I know what is the easiest for me to get my visa? cheers!!!!

  108. Lynaj Aquino 05/02/2014 at 3:01 pm #

    Hello Wanderlass,

    I want to ask some advice because I’m planning to get schengen visa to visit my boyfriend in Sweden. I don’t have any bank accounts and job yet. We tackled and agreed about these things and that he will cover all of my expenses during my stay there. He’s been here in Philippines last month to visit and see me and my family for a couple of weeks. And so we planned to get a visa for me so I could visit his place also and Im going to stay with him in his house in sweden when I get there.Do I have any other option to have Fiance visa. Cause we’re planning to get a fiance visa if possible. Isn’t it? I hope so. I was wondering If there are any rules getting fiance visa or any changes of the requirements to get schengen (fiance) visa? I only have my Passport and Authenticated Birth Certificate from NSO and he (my boyfriend) will just send his statement of bank account and the Invitation letter from sweden. What else should I prepare? Is it only me should make the cover letter for the purpose of my trip? and Is it possible to get a visa first before booking the trip? I am so confused coz it s gonna be my first time applying a visa..

    thank you and i am hoping that you can answer all of my question; I am in badly in need of your help with my situation.

    • sey 06/22/2014 at 12:10 pm #

      hi lynaj,

      were you able to process your visa? how was it?/ care to share it as i am also planning to visit sweden soon… hopefully.

  109. K 05/01/2014 at 1:46 am #

    Hi wanderlass! Can i still use my valid schengen visa which is currently in my old passport? I had to renew my passport since the cover was detached.

    • wanderlass 05/01/2014 at 12:15 pm #

      In theory yes, you should be able to use it. My US visa is in my old passport. But to be safe, I would call the embassy that issued your visa to ask.

      • joy 05/08/2014 at 12:09 pm #

        Hi wonderlass, i wanna ask if i still need to sumbit my bank statement/proof of funds even if the person who envited me to visit in shengen area will covered everything all the expenses? I got mostof the requirements but not this one, also im wondering what will be the questions normally ask during the interview? Just need to got some idea although i was told that it could be different depends on where im going.. im looking forward to hear from you soon.. joy

  110. iamkimyu 04/27/2014 at 3:37 pm #

    Hi! I’ve been to Paris once and it was our field trip back in college. This year we planned to go to Paris again but this time with my mom and little sis. I’m kinda having a dilemma here coz, I already graduated in college and I’m considered as dependant and I’m 21 years old. I dont have a problem with my bank cert, bank statement or anything but I just opened up my travel agency business this year. i still don’t have my ITR but i have my business registration.. I’ve heard also that if you have former canadian and australian visa, it’s much easier to get the visa? is it enough?

    • unsana 05/29/2014 at 11:52 am #

      Hi iamkimyu, :) I think your business reg is enough na :) just complete the requirements nalang, some are optional naman eh :)

  111. shivam 04/23/2014 at 9:37 pm #

    Hello,I am an Indian national staying in Philippines on a tourist visa. i am applying for long stay student visa for France. i applied once but they refused my visa without any reason. so i will apply again, can you please tell me what docs should i give. as i was checking for french embassy in other countries they all had the same docs but in Philippines its different. For eg. they don’t ask for OFII form, CV and Cover Letter for visa over here. As last time when i applied i didn’t gave these things because it wasn’t mention in the documents list. But do you think is should give it this time? because last time when i gave my doc it was all complete and i got denied for no reason. So should i give these docs this time, idk am really confused about this french embassy system over here. Any help would be highly appreciated.

    Kind regards

    • wanderlass 04/24/2014 at 1:46 pm #

      I only know about Filipino passport requirement. I don’t even know if you can apply outside of your country. Because we cannot do so if we’re just tourist of another country.

      • shivam 04/24/2014 at 2:42 pm #

        Yes you can apply from a different country if your staying more than 6 months in that place. what about the requirements for Filipino students applying for long stay visa to france?

      • anne 05/04/2014 at 10:16 am #

        Hi wanderlass good morning.
        I have a problem po kase nag apply ako ng schengen visa to visit my auntie sa sweden, tapos na ako for interview last april 16 2014. After 1week i got message from my auntie ang sabi niya pinasa na daw ang papers ko sa sweden then after 1week meron nareceive ang auntie ko email from swedish embassy ang nakalagay “STOP” . My auntie trying to contact there embassy but they think is close holiday kase yun. Worried po kamebaka hindi maapprove ang visa ko at hinde ako matutuloy. Meron ka na bang na encounter ng ganitong case ?

      • Dhei 07/13/2014 at 3:19 am #

        Hi wanderlass, my mom is in austria, pero plan ng amo nya na iinvite ako for 10-15 days vacation, kelangan ko pa ba ng bank statement tlga since na cash ang sahod ko sa dubai.. Or pwedeng cla magprovide nun since cla ang magsponsor ng trip ko to vienna austria plan nila this december.. Hope u can help me… Tnx dhei :)

  112. John 04/22/2014 at 2:13 pm #

    Hi i’m kinda confused on the Travel Insurance. if i have any of those insurance im good am i right? and one more thing. do they need a show money?

    • wanderlass 04/24/2014 at 1:46 pm #

      you need insurance specific for traveling.

  113. niel 04/20/2014 at 6:01 pm #

    Hello wanderlass, your blog is helpful but please check the specs of photo required for the visa, I counterchecked it with the French Embassy website it states that it should be taken against a white background not light grey or cream, in addition the head size should be 25mm, the rest of what you have written are all correct except to the photo background, I am opted to write this coz i am quite impressed with you and im sure others are too, they may rely on it and ended lacking requirement and may likely be denied. Thanks much

  114. joy 04/18/2014 at 11:14 pm #

    hello wanderlass,, :)
    tanung ko lng sana kung need pb ng sister ko (18 years old) ng proof of income for applyng tourist visa papunta dto sa france?
    salamt,, :)

  115. lisa 04/17/2014 at 5:55 pm #

    hi wanderlass,
    i would like to ask some information. i have a friend there in austria.he would like to invite me to go there as a tourist visa visiting friends. the problem we dont meet yet in person because he is in wheelchair he have a hard time traveling here in philippines. what are the possible requirements from my side and his side especially for the fact that he has a reason that he cant visit me here. and is it possible that i can passed the interview for the schengen visa?

  116. matt 04/08/2014 at 2:24 pm #

    Hi, I have a French visa which is valid until May 21 but the thing is I wasn’t able to leave for France for some reason and I actually decided to go on June, my question is can I ask for my visa’s validity to be extended or do I have to apply for a new one?

    • wanderlass 04/08/2014 at 2:30 pm #

      My guess is you have to apply again. But I would call or write them to ask to be sure.

      • matt 04/08/2014 at 2:34 pm #

        Thank you very much ^_^

        • Anthony 03/27/2015 at 10:48 am #

          Hi Matt. I noticed that about a year ago you needed help with you French visa. I am not sure if you have returned to the United States already but I may be able to help you adjusting your status. Let me know if you are interested.

  117. Pauline 04/07/2014 at 5:44 pm #

    Hi! I just got home from Austrian Embassy. Na interview po ako ng napakaraming tanong, pero okay naman po yung mga sagot ko kasi totoo naman po yung mga sinasabi ko. May hiningi lang po sakin na additional requirements. Kinuha po nila yung passport and biometrics ko, may pag asa po kaya ako magkaroon ng visa.

    • james 04/13/2014 at 10:05 pm #

      how was the austrian embassy?..

    • siz 07/05/2014 at 2:38 pm #

      Helo pauline- hows your application at the austrian embassy? ano mga requirements nila? puede mo bang e share sakin kc mag apply ako spon sponsored by my bf. wala pa naman akong work.

    • jerome basul 09/19/2014 at 10:16 am #

      Hi how was your interview at austrian embassy ? Anung additional requirements ang hiningi nila sau
      I will appreciate a lot your reply regarding to this cause i will have my appointment this tuesday na and Im a bit nervous about the interview

      • siz 01/15/2015 at 7:23 pm #

        hi jerome how was your application at Austrian embassy? did u make it and would you mind sharing it to me? what requirements did you submit?

  118. mac 04/07/2014 at 2:31 pm #

    is it really possible that ill be granted a
    shengen visa in 7 days? or as early as 2 weeks?

  119. Mcknight 03/29/2014 at 2:18 pm #

    Hi wanderlass!

    How are you? I had my interview last Wednesday March 26, 2014 at the Dutch Embassy and when my lastname was called from counter 1, a filipino, I went to the counter ahead and handed her over all the original documents. She then checked all my docs 1 by 1 and attached my pic to like a 1/4 of a thick bondpaper it was like a postcard, and I saw there was like a visa number at the bottom part. She also stamped my passport and She then took my fingerprints and followed by asking questions.. The interview went fine and she was nice and kind. I was told that they will forward my documents to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for processing. I did not understand as to why they have to send my documents to Malaysia? For what she said processing, is it the visa already that they will process in Malaysia? I was told to wait within 2 weeks for my passport and it will be sent thru LBC/2GO. The waiting game is really stressful and Im not even sure yet if I was given a visa or not but Im positive I will be given a visa. What do you think wanderlass?

    Your quick response is highly appreciated.

    Thank you so much.

    • Ann 04/24/2014 at 6:48 pm #

      Hi mcknight. Have you received a reply from dutch embassy about your visa application. I am also planning to visit holland on August but then i am a bit hesitant with my sponsor letter kasi nakalagay dun 30 days stay sa holland but the truth is i will only stay for 3weeks kasi yun nakalagay sa approve vacation leave ko. Do you think makaka apekto yun para maapprove visa ko? Hope to hear a response. Thank you

    • zel 07/13/2014 at 8:24 am #

      Hi Mcknight, hope you can read this but i just want to ask kung ano naging result ng interview mo? And in how many days they process the result of your visa starting from passing application and all the documents. Mag aapply din kasi ako by next month, i just want to have an idea kung okay lang ba tlga and di mahirap magapply dun :-) thanks! Sana maishare mo skin experience mo hehehe!

    • RR 11/03/2014 at 11:14 pm #

      Hi McKnight. were you approved? how many days processing?

  120. annaliza 03/22/2014 at 10:56 am #

    hi mam…mam pwede mo po akong bigyan nang format yong letter invitation for marry..

  121. Missruth 03/21/2014 at 1:30 pm #

    Hello Wanderlass,

    Anong Travel Agency po ba ang mag assist ng mga Airline Ticket Reservation…Makati area lang,and How much it cost?

  122. Katrina 03/14/2014 at 7:38 pm #

    I have a few questions I hope you can help me.

    1. What is the standard validity period of a Schengen tourist visa?
    2. Is it possible to get a tourist visa valid for 1 year (or more)?
    3. I don’t have plans of going to Europe anytime soon but I am hoping to do it this year. I read that you can only apply 3 months prior to the intended date of departure. What if my intended date is more that 3 months away?
    4. Can you get a refund on the travel insurance if you get denied?

    The reason why I am asking is because I have been traveling for 1 year and 2 months (S.E.A. and now in Africa). I work online and just bring my work wherever I go. I will only be home for 1 month in May so I need to have everything ready and even call to schedule an interview before coming home so I have everything set. I was planning to apply for the visa while I was in Kenya last month and go to Europe but unfortunately, I am only allowed to apply from Kenya if I am a resident.

    I am taking advantage of the one month stay in PH this coming May to get the Schengen Visa. But the problem is, we are going to Canada(waiting for visa results) in June and maybe Mexico after that. Which I need to apply for, too when I get home. No definite dates because we really don’t plan way ahead.

    Anyway, I’m hoping you have some information on my questions.

    All the best!

  123. pavel novotny 03/12/2014 at 5:34 pm #

    im wondering how much would be the minimum amount in your bank statement for them to know that you have enough money for your trip? is it a million? thanks pretty wanderlass for your untiring reply.

  124. Stewie 03/09/2014 at 11:45 pm #

    Hi had a 90 days visa, Dec 2012-Mar 2013. And this year my sister is planning to invite me again for the summer, is there a big chance that I can get a 90 visa again? I applied in Swiss Embassy.

  125. Alex 03/09/2014 at 2:45 am #

    I currently live in the UK and I wanted to go to Italy this June for a few days with my italian friend. My visa expires this August though. Is it still possible for me to apply?

  126. Emil 03/05/2014 at 2:40 pm #

    Hi, would you know if they allow mobile phones inside the French Embassy? If not, do they have lockers or should I just leave everything at home? Thanks! – Emil

    • wanderlass 03/07/2014 at 1:31 pm #

      you leave it with the guard when i applied 2 years ago.

      • Emil 03/07/2014 at 4:58 pm #


      • Francis 03/08/2014 at 1:14 am #

        Hi there wanderlass!

        I was issued an austrian visa. but my port of entry is france. will just cross the border from france. then a domestic flight going to austria on the same day of arrival. do you think they will not allow me to enter the area? please answer I need ur opinion on this thanks

        • wanderlass 03/08/2014 at 2:02 am #

          of course! Schengen visa is valid to enter all member countries!

        • Charmaine 03/13/2014 at 6:33 am #

          Hi francis, may i ask you about austrian embassy?

        • MJ 03/20/2014 at 1:36 pm #

          Hi wanderlass,

          How are you? I just wanna ask a simple yet confusing question. Sa pinaka last na detail sa application form kasi parang terms and condition where in you have to sign, nakalagay dun Place and Date, ano ang ilalagay kong place dun? dapat ba yung date na ilagay is the date of appointment? katabi dun ay signature, dun ma ako mag signature kasi may open and close parenthesis na for minors legal/guardian? nakakalito.. Sa May 26 na yung appointment ko sa Dutch Embassy. Thank you so much.

          • cookie 05/10/2014 at 8:18 am #

            Hi MJ,

            isusulat mo kung saang Place mo sinulat yung application form mo at kung anong date mo sinulat to. At dun ka pipirma sa may nakalagay po na SIGNATURE, ang close and open parenthesis for minor .. ay isang paalala na kung ang applicante ay isang minor 17 below ang age, ang dapat pumirma ay magulang or legal guardian lang po .

      • Jhaztyn 03/20/2014 at 8:59 pm #

        Hi maam wanderless can i ask what are the requirements for me to go in sweden my friends will invite me.

        Thanks maam. Godbless

  127. Ann 02/28/2014 at 8:50 pm #

    Hi :) Good day! I will just ask if its possible to apply tourist visa in France while I’m waiting for my Reunification Visa in Belgium? And if its okay that I’ll just present my bank statement because I dont have work.. I’m planning to apply for 2-3 weeks vacation. nd may i know the travel agebcy that book hotels and flight for france? Thank you

    • wanderlass 03/01/2014 at 4:41 pm #

      I can’t say. You have to read the rules on this.

  128. Arlyn macapagal 02/26/2014 at 1:37 pm #

    Hi. I hve interview dis mrch 17. Pls need ko po ng advise. Sa application form po ksi my nakalagay na tanong na ” if fingerprints collected previuosly in any appliyng schengen visa? I dnt knw if im going to say yes…Yes bcoz i already apply to belgian embassy but the result is refuse…No bcoz bka yun ang mging dhilan at i refuse din kmi…bka pg ngcnungaling nmn ako marefuse din, possible b n sa biometric mtrace n my record n ko sa ibng embassy..pls advise me what i am going to do…

    • wanderlass 02/26/2014 at 1:54 pm #

      Did they get your finger prints even when visa is refused? Sorry I forgot. But regardless, if it was within the last 5 years, you have to say yes because this is in the whole EU system. The reason they asked is because they will not collect it again if so.

      • Arlyn macapagal 02/26/2014 at 10:28 pm #

        Thank you miss wanderlass for the reply….
        Biometric procedure 1yir ago at belgian embassy. May nkpgsbi ksi skin i dnt nid to say yes dhil bka maraming itanong bkit kmi n refuse. Pg ng pabiometric ba ko ulit even mgkaibang embassy nmn matrace ba nila na my record pla ako refuse sa ibng embassy? By d way french embassy ako maiinterview dis march 17 .. Nattkot kc ako mg No en pg yes bka marefuse ulit..

        • gcpm 02/03/2015 at 7:53 pm #

          Hi Arlyn, may I know what did you tell them, I have the same scenario. What did they tell you when you say yes or no?

      • Arlyn macapagal 02/27/2014 at 4:06 pm #

        Hi wanderlas…
        I have a major problem kanina lng ako ng pa set ng appointment sa embassy akala ko ganun lng kdalli mgpaset dhil kinumpleto ko muna mga papers. Akala ko pg tatawag ako dun sa date na gusto ko “march 17″ masusunod dhil feb plng nmn. My god april 22 pa ang availble appointment how is that my invitation departure date is april 24 ksi ung ksal na attenand ko is may 3….plssssss help me naiyak ako dhil feeling ko now plng sayang ung pagod ng fiancee ng mom kong frenchnational…xa ksi host ko…

  129. Malou Meneses Castaneda 02/23/2014 at 4:00 pm #

    we plan to go this april, 1st week , do we still have enough time for our visa, thanks much

    • wanderlass 02/24/2014 at 10:01 am #

      it takes about 2 weeks.

      • chealy 02/04/2015 at 2:36 pm #

        Hi wanderlass ask ko lang po if how many processing days yung entry visa in norway two application po ginawa namin ng asawa ko entry and fammily immigration kaya po ako kumuha niya ako pinakuha ng entry para doon ako mag hintay habang pina process yung isa

        I need your feedback please thank you

  130. Malou Meneses Castaneda 02/23/2014 at 3:57 pm #

    thanks very much for the valuable assistance. Am just concerned about sending all the ORIGINAL docs required including passports and visas via the courier. How safe is it and what is our guaranty that they won’t get lost. Also, do we senior citizens still need to submit our birth certificate or our nso married certificate will do. we are traveling together as couple. Thank you

    • wanderlass 02/24/2014 at 10:01 am #

      i was concerned as well, but then i thought, if they required it, and other people were sending them, and i’ve never heard that anyone got a problem not getting them back, then i don’t see why i would be a special case. it would be like winning a lotto!

  131. wurenfire 02/16/2014 at 8:56 am #

    hi! question about the u visa… we plan to go to london the go to paris, etc then back to london… how does the uk visa work? they say that we can only enter london once using the single etry visa… so how do we go back? can we get 2 visas? thanks

  132. jhaezelle 02/03/2014 at 10:12 pm #

    hi.. help me please, first time ko mag visit ng country that requires visa. possible po kaya na ma approve ako together with my 3year old son. ?graduating ako this march at plano ng mom ko na pa raduation gift niya yung 1week tour sa italy, wala kami kakilala sa italy. kami lang ng son ko ang mag travel. sana matulungan niyo ako. thankyou!:(

  133. WishfulThinking 02/03/2014 at 3:40 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass,

    Much thanks that i saw your blog, very informative and you patiently reply to the comments :D I want to travel to Italy this coming August (medyo matagal pa) but i want to be prepared since its my first time applying for a tourist visa (ive travelled to other countries which didnt require any visas) i hope that it wont be a big factor to them. Italian visa doesn’t allow bookings from travel agencies so i really have to do things on my own. Wish me luck :)

    My bf is italian but ill be the one paying for my trip and we will travel to some parts of italy so i dont need sponsorship documents/proof of residency. But do you think i still need to mention anything about him? since we will be together and the hotel reservations will show that its for two persons? Also do you think 65-100 euros per day is also applicable to italy?

    Thanks again and looking forward to your response :)

    • wanderlass 02/08/2014 at 7:31 pm #

      I think it is no problem if you have proof of financial capability.

  134. Princess 02/03/2014 at 12:20 pm #

    Hi everyone, I want to ask advice because I’m planning to get schengen visa to visit my boyfriend in Lithuania. I’m only graduating on march and I don’t have any bank accounts and job yet. I will go there on May to July. What can I bring as a proof that I am going back here in Philippines? He will shoulder all expenses during my stay. And where can I find reservation for tickets? :)
    I’m thanking you guys in advance for the help! God Bless! :)

  135. Cza 02/02/2014 at 8:08 pm #

    I work from home, meaning, my client is based in the US. since I don’t have an ITR, will this affect my application? a cert of employment “maybe” requested, but the thing is, since I work from home & I can literally work anywhere, I’m worried that this might hinder me from acquiring one. although back then, I was granted with a Schengen visa but I was still office-based.

    your thoughts on this matter is highly appreciated!

  136. nicotrinidad 02/01/2014 at 5:26 pm #

    I’m going to apply for visa through the Italian Embassy and what if I get denied is it possible to apply to another embassy nalang like french embassy rather than to appeal sa Italian embassy? :) Thank you. And Hm, what embassy kaya mas nag aapprove? hehe thank you :)

  137. Marse 01/29/2014 at 7:54 pm #

    Hello wanderlass and to all followers

    I had my schengen visa before but with the help of my french boss, now I want to apply by myself though I would want to try going to Barcelona this time, but I don’t have any idea how is it applying the Spanish embassy.

    Does anyone here has experience applying at Spanish embassy?

    If I won’t be able to get any info from filipinos about the embassy then I think I will just end up planning to go back to France and apply at the French embassy.

    WANDERLASS, you think my previous schengen visa will help me being approved?

    What I’ve learned from previous experience, it’s 50-50.. 50% completeness of papers, 50% convincing the visa officer that you have a strong reason coming back to Philippines and without any intention to illegally overstay.

    Though I already had my visa, I am still very hesitant, my last interview was like life & death questions.. and before I just had to refer everything to my french boss, but now I will be applying by myself.

    Any advice?

    I have a very good job (not boost but to give info) You think that would be enough proof for them that I intend to come back to Philippines no matter what?

    Thanks. This blog is a big help.

    Hopefully, I’ll get some responses.

    • wanderlass 01/31/2014 at 3:45 am #

      if u have complete document, there’s no reason you will not be given visa. check the spanish embassy visa for the exact procedure. good luck

      • Koreen 02/03/2014 at 11:51 am #

        Hi Wanderlass,

        Thank you very much for your informative blog! I am also apply for Schengen Visa to visit my cousin who will shoulder all of my expenses, my main problem is that, It’s impossible for me to get a 90-day leave from my current employer. Thus, is it okay if I just submit, lets say, 30-day approved leave but my itinerary and schengen visa is for 90-day? Does the Consul really strict about the approved leave thing?

        • Koreen 02/03/2014 at 11:53 am #

          Hi Wanderlass,

          Thank you very much for your informative blog! I am also applying for Schengen Visa to visit my cousin who will shoulder all of my expenses, my main problem is that, It’s impossible for me to get a 90-day leave from my current employer. Thus, is it okay if I just submit, lets say, 30-day approved leave but my itinerary and schengen visa is for 90-day? Does the Consul really strict about the approved leave thing?

  138. Jenna 01/28/2014 at 10:30 am #

    hi po. ask ko lang, will people from the airport/ anyone from France will ask my proof of accomodation ? or a proof of financial means ?

  139. MJ 01/27/2014 at 9:05 pm #

    Hi! I got a question. I’ve never travel outside the country before but I’m planning to apply a Schengen Visa. I am employed and got enough money on my bank. I want a Schengen Visa as tourist …is there a requirements that I need to travel to other country (such as Thailand, Singapore, Hongkong…)before applying a Schengen Visa? I really need your opinion. :)

    • wanderlass 01/31/2014 at 3:46 am #

      no such requirement. if u have complete document that supports your travel and reason for coming back, u should be fine.

  140. Marjorie 01/27/2014 at 4:09 pm #

    Hi Wanderlass,

    Do you know if I’ll get a Schengen visa if I can’t show proof of employment and leave of absence? I’m a freelance writer and this has been a perennial problem for me. I’m hoping France will be easy on that.


    • wanderlass 01/31/2014 at 3:47 am #

      You can try, but I don’t think the French embassy is lenient. I heard Greece is pretty easy.

  141. Kristine 01/27/2014 at 12:15 pm #

    Hi, I am applying for both UK and Schengen visa. If I am not sure when my Schengen visa will be released, can I already set a schedule for my UK visa? I believe they will get my passport or can I tell them I am applying for UK visa as well and need my passport to bring to the embassy? Please enlighten. Thanks so much for all your valuable help!

    • wanderlass 01/31/2014 at 3:49 am #

      you will need to show your passport on both application. so you have to make estimate or wait.

      • Kena 03/04/2014 at 12:22 pm #

        Hi! I would just like to ask about the UK visa application, because I’m planning to visit my sister who is studying in England and then I’m planning to go to Italy from there, what kind of UK visa should I get? And would they honor my Shenzhen visa if I was to depart from UK? Thank u!

  142. mark 01/24/2014 at 9:04 pm #

    Gusto po ng anty ko na mag travel sa sweden for a year..ang visitors visa po ay good for 3 months only pero pwede ba akong mag apply ng visitors residence permit?at ano po ang visitors requirements ng residence permit?

  143. Schatzi 01/24/2014 at 5:26 pm #

    hello po admins.. just kindly hide my id nlng po uli.thank you.. I just wanna ask regarding Schengen visa.kelan start counting ng schengen visa? is it from your arrival to schengen area,or the departure from manila is also counted? halimbawa sa april 30, yung departure ko from naia,may 1 arrival ko sa frankfurt (germany)..then my return deparute from germany is on july 29..arrival ko sa manila july 30. kasama din ba sa bilang yung departue and arrival ko sa manila? kasi po sa pinag pagawaan ko po ng itineray,counted sa 90 days yung dep and arrvl sa manila. ano po ba tama? sana hindi din kau naguguluhan sa calculation,hehhe thanks po sa mga sis..
    and dun po sa visa application ko po pala naka-indicate po yung may 01-july 29 as my intended stay.magkakaproblema po ba dun kung my pagkakaiba sa itineray ticket and dun sa application form ko regarding sa intended date of stay?

  144. Schatzi 01/24/2014 at 12:09 pm #

    pwede po ba pa-post nito.. need some comments,advise and help.”Hi ,i just wanna ask regarding to some documents to apply for schengen visa.I have a german bf,he is inviting me to visit him in germany this coming may-aug 2014.he was visited me here in the philippines twice.i already have my requirements but i dont know yet if thats all na.. please give me some advise. here are my requirements:
    passport photo
    Formal obligation (from my bf’s city hall)
    Health and Accident Insurance
    Invitation letter from my bf
    Passport photo of my bf with phil’s stamps
    Itinerary ticket
    proof of relationships (printed of conversations (fb,ym),pictures together and money remitance)
    i have no any bank account,i have no work,i have no any property here in the philippines.i only have my 6 years old son.is it possible to approve my visa? And i will stay in my bf’s own apartment.i was him for his tittle of his apartment and i was asked him to give me some copy of his 3 months previous salary (payslip) he said,he already showed it to his city hall to get the formal obligation.He is 29 years sales man in laboratory equipment and he is also a private pilot. do u think my visa application will be grant? what else i need?? thank you so much.. pls help me,, by the way my appointment in german embassy will be this coming feb.12 na..

    • siz 01/15/2015 at 7:28 pm #

      hi schatzi na approban kaba? share naman experience mo

  145. Dexie Yram 01/23/2014 at 9:07 pm #

    Hello po ms wander :)

    Ask lang sana ako, bale im planning to get schengen visa for April- July, sponsored by my fiancee, bale meron narin ako Attestation from him, ang problem is wala ako work. meron naman ako bank account pero di gnon kalaki ung laman, mostly around 70k lang then sa joint account nmin ng mom ko is nasa 300k. Meron kaya possiblity na maaproved ung visa? and ano kaya ung pde ko ireason para maprove saknila na babalik ako ng pinas. I really need help.

    Thank you in advance sa help :)

    • wanderlass 01/23/2014 at 11:52 pm #

      not having work will be a bit of problem, but you should try anyway.

      • Dexie Yram 01/26/2014 at 12:10 am #

        OO nga eh sa tuesday na ung appointment ko :) nakakakaba na. :| hopefully makalusot.

        • Vanna Ara Times 01/31/2014 at 7:36 pm #

          HI. just wanna ask po if na.approved po yung visa mo? kasi same situation tayo eh. ininvite ako ng family ng bf ko sa france, they will sponsor everything, yung problem lang is volunteer nurse lang ako and i dont have proof of income. though may schengen visa na ako before dahil pumunta ako ng Denmark last year August.

          • Roselyn pablico 07/11/2014 at 11:14 pm #

            Hi. Just wanna ask if naapprove na visa mo. Kasi father ku ng.invite sakin eh wala ako leave of absence e volunteer nurse lang din ako

        • Cza 02/02/2014 at 8:11 pm #

          hi Dexie Yram,

          how was your application? did it go well?

        • Luisa 02/08/2014 at 9:22 pm #

          Hi Dexie

          were you granted a visa? thanks

        • Luisa 03/06/2014 at 6:10 pm #

          hi just want to ask if you were granted a visa?

          • MaryJ 08/03/2014 at 8:58 pm #

            hi sa lahat :) sorry late reply anyway yep na approved naman po visa ko, Maybe nakahelp din na ung mom and stepdad ko live in Germany hiningi din kasi nila ung copy ng visa ng mom ko then ngput kami ng 400K sa account ko.. Anyway goodluck sa lahat. –dexie here

      • sharz 01/27/2014 at 2:03 pm #

        Hi Ms Wanderlass! :) Ask ko lang po.. May chance po kaya akong maka kuha ng schengen visa? I have no work yet since, May 2014 pa po graduation ko. Aattend po ako ng wedding ng pinsan (June 2014) ko sa Germany , and isa po ako sa mga abay. Ano po kayang requirements yung dapat kong ipasa? Ang mag fifinance po sakin is my mom na kasama ko din po sa pag alis. Thank you so much!

      • Angel bodestyne 06/04/2014 at 12:06 pm #

        Wanderlass i dont have a job recently but i am an independent distributors of beauty and wellness products. Called royale business club. At the same time i am a corporate secretary of the u.s. Global company. Got all the proof. And travelling every month to singapore. Bsngkok. Indonesia. Hongkong. Vietnam. Bf sponsors Meaning i only stay in philippines max. 2 weeks then 3weeks sa mga country na nabanggit ko. For such small period of time. And im doing it more than 1yr. Now as my bf provide me all the travel tickets and accomodation. His from holland and working in singapore. I am married but been separated for 12 yrs to be exact. Sa filipino since we have no divorce eh di pa ako anull I dunno where my husband now. .my bank account have some fund not more than 500k and i have been in u.k. 10yrs ago. 180days m. Visa and only went 4days. I have my car and house and lot in ph. And 3 kids Is that anything i can get a visa going to ea. thank you

    • lito 03/08/2014 at 4:03 am #

      U better look for the checklist first.. un kc ung mahalaga u need to complete lht ng req’t kung wala nmn ung work at bank accnt. ok lng un bcuz me wala rin pero naka alis me.. ung invitation kc dalawang klase un, 1st ung formal Letter ng taong nginvite sau then second ung form na ifill up nya at patatatakan sa politi and ung half un is ikaw ung mgcomplete na tatatakan nmn embassy if ma approve ka (which is un ung ipapakita mo sa immigration pgdating mo sa amsterdam) then indicate nyo rin kung sponsoran ka ng ngInvite sau at sya lht gagastos…

  146. Amony 01/23/2014 at 6:38 pm #

    .. need some comments,advise and help.”Hi ,i just wanna ask regarding to some documents to apply for schengen visa.I have a german bf,he is inviting me to visit him in germany this coming may-aug 2014.he was visited me here in the philippines twice.i already have my requirements but i dont know yet if thats all na.. please give me some advise. here are my requirements:
    passport photo
    Formal obligation (from my bf’s city hall)
    Health and Accident Insurance
    Invitation letter from my bf
    Passport photo of my bf with phil’s stamps
    Itinerary ticket
    proof of relationships (printed of conversations (fb,ym),pictures together and money remitance)
    i have no any bank account,i have no work,i have no any property here in the philippines.i only have my 6 years old son.is it possible to approve my visa? And i will stay in my bf’s own apartment.i was him for his tittle of his apartment and i was asked him to give me some copy of his 3 months previous salary (payslip) he said,he already showed it to his city hall to get the formal obligation.He is 29 years sales man in laboratory equipment and he is also a private pilot. do u think my visa application will be grant? what else i need?? thank you so much.. pls help me,, by the way my appointment in german embassy will be this coming feb.12 na..

    • mcknight 03/31/2014 at 11:11 am #

      hi Amony kumusta? were you able to get the visa? we almost have the same story, no work and i was told they will send my documents to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for processing.. Nagtataka ako as to what she meant with processing.. I applied in Netherlands Embassy. Nakakuha po ba kau ng visa? Thanks!

      • Ann 05/01/2014 at 10:31 pm #

        Hi Mcknight, kumsta visa application mo with dutch embassy? Sobrang dami bang question?

  147. Joyce Muyot 01/22/2014 at 12:01 am #

    Hi Wanderlass, I am planning to travel to 10 countries in europe with my colleagues this coming March 28 – April 10 and lately, I noticed that my passport is about to expire on April 29, 2014. I am going to extend my passport validity for 1 year by first week of February. Is it possible to enter europe even for a passport extension of 1 year?

    • wanderlass 01/23/2014 at 11:53 pm #

      I think it’s better to renew your passport.

      • Amony 01/24/2014 at 11:04 am #


        • Bee 01/24/2014 at 12:05 pm #

          Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months when you apply for most visas.

  148. Princes 01/18/2014 at 11:24 pm #

    Hi everyone, I want to ask advice because I’m planning to get schengen visa to visit my boyfriend in Lithuania. I’m only graduating on march and I don’t have any bank accounts and job yet. I will go there on May to July. What can I bring as a proof that I am going back here in Philippines? He will shoulder all expenses during my stay. And where can I find reservation for tickets? :)
    I’m thanking you guys in advance for the help! God Bless! :)

  149. K 01/16/2014 at 8:41 pm #

    Just want to know if I can proceed without an ITR?

    • wanderlass 01/17/2014 at 10:37 am #

      If you have other form of financial document. Bank certificate. ITR of the person supporting your trip (parents, sibling, boyfriend, etc)

      • Marie 01/20/2014 at 9:13 pm #

        I will resign soon on my current company, though my family has its own company, or may use my friend’s company to pretend I work there. I wonder how can I do without ITR? Does the ITR reveal which company you are working for? I have my own bank account, you think 400k is enough to sponsor myself? I will stay for 1-2 months with free stay c/o my boyfriend.

        • wanderlass 01/23/2014 at 11:54 pm #

          if you have previous work, you should have last year’s itr.

      • Val 01/21/2014 at 6:42 pm #

        Good pm po.. Does the biometrics have to do about skin allery.? I was worried about my right thumb..

      • Em 01/21/2014 at 9:50 pm #

        Hi wanderlass..Im Em,i just wanna ask regarding to some documents to apply for schengen visa.I have a german bf,he is inviting me to visit him in germany this coming may-aug 2014.he was visited me here in the philippines twice.i already have my requirements but i dont know yet if thats all na.. please give me some advise. here are my requirements:
        passport photo
        Formal obligation (from my bf’s city hall)
        Health and Accident Insurance
        Invitation letter from my bf
        Passport photo of my bf with phil’s stamps
        Itinerary ticket
        proof of relationships (printed of conversations (fb,ym),pictures together and money remitance)
        i have no any bank account,i have no work,i have no any property here in the philippines.i only have my 6 years old son.is it possible to approve my visa? And i will stay in my bf’s own apartment.i was him for his tittle of his apartment and i was asked him to give me some copy of his 3 months previous salary (payslip) he said,he already showed it to his city hall to get the formal obligation.He is 29 years sales man in laboratory equipment and he is also a private pilot. do u think my visa application will be grant? what else i need?? thank you so much.. pls help me,, by the way my appointment in german embassy will be this coming feb.12 na..

  150. aris 01/15/2014 at 6:56 pm #

    i had a very bad experience at the french embassy today. i was at the 8:30AM appointment and there are a lot of people who were scheduled at that time. The waiting part was okay. When my name was called at window 2, it was a Filipino case officer who was there. He asked basic questions and finally asked me for the visa fee. He then asked me to wait for my name to be called again.

    After a few minutes, my name was called at window 5 (or 6? I can’t really remember which window it is but it is the rightmost window. The case officer was a middle-aged woman, maybe in her mid-40s, a Filipina, wearing spectacles, who looked very stern. She asked me certain details about the trip like who am I going with, how long my stay is, and who’s sponsoring the trip. As she scanned the documents, she removed some which she said was irrelevant. That’s fine with me, I just thought it would be useful to include other pages of your passports with stamps, return tickets and other documents relevant to my sponsor. You see, the trip will be sponsored by my aunt who are Australian citizens. We are actually traveling to UK and will just spend two days in Paris. I provided all supporting financial documents of my aunt since she will be paying for all expenses. In addition to this, I have also included my own financial documents like ITR, payslips, Certificates of Employment and Compensation, and bank certificate with 200k available balance. The only document that I failed to submit is a bank statement showing transactions for the past 2 months. This, I admit, is my remiss, as I was not able to request this from the bank. However, these are the same set of documents I submitted to VFS and a visa was issued to me successfully so I thought yeah maybe this will run smoothly. So when she asked me why did I not include a bank statement, I said, “I’m sorry ma’am but these are all I got at the moment. I thought this would suffice since my travel and living expenses will be fully sponsored by my aunt.” She then retorted, “But you do know that you are being evaluated based on your credentials and not your aunt, right? You read that on the requirements checklist, right?” I was really speechless when she said that. At the back of my mind, I already imagined her marking my application “Denied” without even considering the other attachments and documents I included in the application. She really sounded very condescending. It’s as if she’s judging me behind those rimmed spectacles. She proceeded with taking my biometrics then after a few seconds, she said, “I’m going to keep your passport for a while and you’ll return on this date to claim your result”, while motioning to the piece of paper where she wrote “January 21, 2014, 11:00 AM”. Then I responded, “Ok ma’am thanks for your time.” I feigned a weak smile and exited the half-open cubicle.

    I felt really bad after my interview with that case officer. For a Pinay who handles visa applications, she is very condescending. I don’t know if that’s really how case officers act, maybe they were supposed to be that way, I don’t know, but that experience is really horrible. Plus the fact that she was talking to me via the mini-PA system. I assume everyone is listening coz I can hear the others she interviewed. It seems to me that she’s so full of herself, and since she’s in that position, she is aimed at humiliating everyone who begs for her mercy. I was able to say that because that was how she was handling the other applicants- plus maybe she enjoys speaking on that PA system for all the world to hear. I was able to compare my experience with those who were called in other windows with other case officers and mine was way below the mark specifically with the way she treated me. Mind you, one of the other case officers was not a Filipino-national, maybe French? Point is, I thought Filipinos would be more accommodating when dealing with fellow Filipinos especially those with genuine intent in applying for their visas.

    I don’t know what the result will be. I am really trying to be positive about this because God knows I executed everything in good faith. But then there’s this case officer and perhaps my dreams of visiting Paris were easily ushered down the drain.

    • wanderlass 01/17/2014 at 10:45 am #

      I think you will be given visa. I experienced the same before, not the condescending part, but I did not bring insurance. I propose that you bring the document on the day your return to claim your visa. I agree with you that sometimes there are Filipino consular assistants who feel like they’re above the applicants–as if they’re the visa granter.

      • Cza 02/02/2014 at 8:20 pm #

        in which insurance company did you acquire your travel insurance & how much did you pay for it?

      • Sweetme 08/03/2014 at 8:23 pm #

        Hello wanderlass,
        I am a filipina living in japan.i want to go France for vacation for 2weeks.whats my requirements for this?

    • enrique marin 01/23/2014 at 5:54 pm #

      Aris had you got the visa ??

      • Luisa 01/28/2014 at 12:29 am #

        Aris what happen to your application?

  151. Marie Y 01/15/2014 at 12:11 pm #

    Hi! I appreciate you writing this very informative blog, it’s a huge help, believe me! :)

    I wanted to ask you about my requirements since I will be filing my visa application the 31st of January, this year. I’m wondering if adding my son’s birth certificate to my application would boost my “rootedness to my home country” or will this just prove otherwise that I would certainly would want to go on “TNT” since I have a son to look after to?

    Thank you!!

    • wanderlass 01/17/2014 at 10:48 am #

      I don’t know if it will be relevant. But if you have it, just bring it with you. On my first application, they asked for a copy of my travel companion’s passport.

      • Em 01/21/2014 at 10:02 pm #

        Jan 20 at 10:24 PM

        hi..i just wanna ask regarding visit visa requirements.about bank account,is it applicant’s bank account or my sponor’s bank account? I have nO any bank account but all my expenses would be shoulder by my sponsor. (german) thank you very much,god bless..

        • wanderlass 01/23/2014 at 11:54 pm #

          if you have sponsor then it is about their bank account

  152. wanderlass 01/13/2014 at 2:25 pm #

    Vote for me and I’ll answer everyone’s questions! :)


    • Luisa 01/13/2014 at 11:08 pm #

      i just did wishing you good luck and i would like to thank you for helping us through the information you gave and all the advice keep up the good work

    • marie 01/15/2014 at 3:13 am #

      Hi, Im trying to travel to norway to visit my bestfriend in Norway.. kelangan ko po ng schengen visa para makapunta ako doon.. hndi na po ako magbook ng hotel kasi sa bahay nya po ako magstay sa buong durating ng stay ko doon which is one month.
      mga documents po na meron n ako are:
      1. schengen visa application form
      2. passport size photo
      3. original passport
      4. application fee
      5. proof of employment
      – certificate of employment(length of service, salary)
      – leave if absence certificate
      -company id
      -payslip for the last 6months
      -atm/bank payroll transactions
      -itr for the last months
      6. certificate/least contract ng residence ng bestfriend ko doon kung saan ako magsstay

      1. sa proof of suffiecient funds, i just opened a bank account amounting to 10k last january 3. and ung mama ko maglalagay ng 350k additional sa bank account ko na yun tomorrow(january 15). ang plan po sana n punta ako ng norway is this february.. ok lng po b un within a month lng ung bank transaction? and ung amount po ba enough na para sa show money..

      2. roundtrip ticket reservation, pano and saan po ako pwede kumuha noon? saan po ung murang agency n pwede magprocess ng ticket reservation ko?

      Thanks po sa assistance. :D

      • Luisa 01/16/2014 at 5:36 pm #

        HI Marie

        ask ko lng sino ang mag shoulder ng travel expenses mo? aside from the titirahan mo? at least you need 50 euros a day to survive there it might be a red flag kung kakaopen lng ng account mo if someone else will be paying for you then you need to present their financial capability

        • marie 05/18/2014 at 3:13 pm #

          Hi Luisa,
          sorry now ko lng ulit navisitu ung site.. ako din po magshoulder ng expenses ko.. i have 400k on the bank for the show money.. it has been almost 5month ung open ung bank account n un..

          thanks for replying po..

        • marie 06/19/2014 at 11:02 am #

          HI wanderlass,
          Nainterview po ako s norway embassy last monday.. im not really sure kung pasado ako or not. what happened was that i got to the embassy prepared all the documents based on what i read dito sa blog sa baba ung unang step document checking and appoinmtnet checking, but what happened last monday was diffferent. sa baba pa lang andun na din ung interview. yung naginterview sakin is masungit doesnt smile and really strict. Her questions was
          how much did i pay for my ticket- i said 2000$, she wanted me to say it in peso im not away of us currency
          what is my airline- i wasnt aware about the airline that was in my booking reservation but i remembered the travel agency who booked my flight said it was ethad airways but when i check it it was klm royal airlines (hayz)
          what was my bestfriend salary –
          why isnt she paying for my travel i said that i dont ask information like that because its confidential unless she discloses the information to me and regarding the travel expenses i had enough saving for my travel thats why im paying for my travel.
          my bestfriends address in norway but didnt memorize her address all i know was she is in oslo norway. after those question tinatakan nya yung passport and papers ko ng c/d visa no, and asked me to go to 21st floor for biometrics. Its been 3days and im not sure what my status is, im afraid to check on my email because i might get a denied result.

    • shay 04/13/2014 at 11:15 am #

      Hi. Can you please give me an idea How much should be in the bank cert to get the high approval?
      Another thing is the hotel booking a must to present when you are applying a visa or it can be done later on once granted?

      • wanderlass 04/14/2014 at 10:58 am #

        When my mom applied her for her visa thru a travel agency (she did group tour), they proposed at least 500k. But when I applied in 2007, my certificate was only for 200K.

  153. mark 01/11/2014 at 5:58 pm #

    ako po ay isang 18 taong gulang at gusto po ng tita ko na mag tour sa sweden for 3 months..papayagan ba ako ng embassy?

    • felicitynicolas 01/14/2014 at 7:39 am #

      It depends upon your documents, if you got the complete requirements and attestation regarding the residency of your Aunt.. My friend got her visa that’s a Schengen Visa she coming back and forth to Sweden without hassle.

  154. Luisa 01/07/2014 at 11:46 pm #

    asko ko lng if anyone here tried applying in Norway embassy? is the schengen visa valid there as well?

  155. jonathan 01/06/2014 at 3:01 pm #

    hi po sa lahat,magtatanng lang po.interview ko na po kasi sa feb 5 sa italian embassy for tourist isa,bibisitahin ko po ang aking girlfriend,ang problema ko po wala po akong sariling bank account,pero balak ko magbukas ng account at magdedeposit ng 195k at kukuha ako ng letter of support mula sa lola ko with her bank statement.ang tanong ko po ok lang po ba yung gagawin ko?hindi po kaya madedeny?maraming salamat po sa lahat ng sasagot

    • Joseph 01/07/2014 at 6:21 pm #

      Hi Jonathan, I remember in UK visa application they required the applicants to sign an authorization to allow UK embassy to inquire for your Bank account movement thru your Bank. I am not sure if the Italian embassy has the same policy. It might raise suspicion if you just opened your account days before your visa filling.

    • Luisa 01/13/2014 at 11:17 pm #

      Sino mag shoulder ng travel expenses me? your lola? then you need all her financial documents to show them they will check kase when you open the account red flag yan kung kakaopen lng

      • jonathancappal2224 01/20/2014 at 4:24 pm #

        ako po magpprovide ng travel expenses ko kaso lang bago lang ako nag-open ng account ko.alanganin po ba talaga pag ganun?kahit verifiable naman yung account mo?kukuha sana ako ng affidavit of support sa lola ko,same sa ginawa ng gf ko dati,pero sa kanya land title ang ipprinesenta nya,ako naman bank statement ng lola ko sana kasi alam kong malaki ang nakadeposit sa kanya.

  156. Marie 11/04/2013 at 5:05 pm #

    I’m so thrilled to be able to land on this thread. I just wanted to ask a bit of advice from you, guys, as this would be my first time to go abroad and apply a visa. My questions are stated below:

    1. I have all the necessary requirements I need. (solvency from my sponsor, letters and other documents) I am a student on leave (i just took this leave after last semester SY 2013-2014 and i’m planning to come back by June of 2014). It’s just that I’m worried, is it really necessary that I should be enrolled or a certificate will do coming from my university stating that I’m on leave and that I intend to finish my studies by next year? Will this justify that I would be coming and wouldn’t overstay there?

    2. I am a single mom. If i include my son’s birth certificate on my application, will it justify that I am not planning to go beyond the date of my stay in the Schengen territory?

    I am looking forward to all your responses! I’m in dire need of help, i’m very clueless about this

  157. akosichadkulot 10/24/2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Will be travelling to London early next year and we have plan to go to Paris. Since the flight details are required for visa, can we just use our roundtrip reservation for the UK flight? Or we really need to reserve a ticket from UK to Paris? We plan to go to Paris via train…

    • asianflip 10/29/2013 at 10:33 pm #

      You need to show a detailed itinerary of your trip to the consul flight/train hotel reservations only

  158. yuki 10/21/2013 at 4:14 pm #

    i’m a filipina currently working in thailand.. can i apply for schengen visa here in BKK? or do i need to go back home to the phil.? thanks!

  159. ilovemyself 10/18/2013 at 4:34 pm #

    Hi wanderlass I love your Blog. :))

  160. ilovemyself 10/18/2013 at 4:19 pm #

    Hi Everyone,

    I just applied for my schengen visa and received it after 5 days. I think you just need to have a complete set of requirements and you need to assure the consul that you will be back to the philippines, this is why certificate of employment is very important indicating the approved leave of absence from employer. For Hotel Bookings, you can try bookings.com for a reserve now pay later. For flight details you can ask a travel agency for flight reservation, I got mine without any payment. haha. My suggestion is research first. Learn from the experience of others, learn from their mistakes.

  161. jezz 10/18/2013 at 9:47 am #

    hi mam… when you say If someone other than yourself is paying for the the trip, then submit financial document of the sponsor instead. yung company po ba dito sa ph ang magsusubmit, travel incentive ko po kasi na na hit sa company yung europe trip na nakuha ko, bale mga 10 person po kaming aalis, some of us konti lang po ang laman ng bank account, ano po ang kailangan naming ipaprovide sa company. thank you po

    • jezz 10/18/2013 at 9:58 am #

      pa help naman po

  162. jezz 10/08/2013 at 11:00 am #

    Question lang po, ang company po namin dito sa philippines ang magshoushoulder ng expenses like airplane, hotel etc, all expense paid trip ng company, incentive ko po ito kasi na hit ko ang quota nila last year and this year, 2 tikets po for 15 days 14 nights trip to europe, ,ano ano po ang hihingin kong documents sa company, sabi po kasi nila yung visa kami ang kukuha

  163. celline 08/30/2013 at 2:43 am #

    Hi Miss wanderlass I would like to ask where i can get reservation ticket for free? And i just got my invitation and i have my sponsor what should i bring to prove to embassy that my sponspor will pay everything except the flight and what should i do to not get denied? because i have stop my school i’m really scared to be denied please help me.

    • Francis Flores 10/03/2013 at 4:26 am #

      Hi guys just wanna share my experience in applying for a Schengen Visa going to France, this will just be a brief but I think It will help you a lot on how you can get your visa approved, I started browsing the blogs of other people’s experiences regarding applying schengen visa at the French Embassy, first is you should have an appointment for your visa interview, collect all the documents needed which is at the website of French Embassy, Get a travel insurance for the coverage of the trip, it’s really important that all the dates are aligned to specific start date, for example your insurance will start from October 3, 2013 to November 3, 2013 your Confirmed itinerary ticket should also be starting on the same day which is October 3, 2013, because those are also the dates that you will put on your application form which will be the basis of the start date of your visa if your visa will be approved!  it is also important to have a Cover letter addressed to the consulate officer there is a format that I found from one of the bloggers which I just edited to fit my application, and it is also important that if you have still or been given visas from other countries you should have a photocopy of them together with your application, I really do feel that if you are a frequent traveler you will be given a visa, here’s the summary of my application, collected all the documents needed:
      • Application Form
      • Cover Letter (Your Cover Letter will explain your day to day itinerary while you are in the Schengen Area, but in my Case I just wrote there that we will just be staying in France, and the People I’ll be with for the duration of the visit, my Mom is in UK and a UK resident, and together with my Step Father which is a British, In my case I’m travelling with my Family but they are based in UK so I provided the embassy a Copy of their Passports. To justify that I’m really travelling with them. (It is really important that I you think a document will help you convince the consular officer that is not written in the website feel free to bring it. Where in my case I just have 6000 pesos on my bank account when my visa was approved it is because I submitted a copy of 6mos Bank Statement of my Step Father in UK, and just a Letter of Invitation.)
      • Employment Certificate
      • Copy of my Visas ( Multiple Entry Visa From UK and a previous Residence Visa from Kuwait) I have previously travelled from UK prior from applying for my Schengen visa, So it’s really a big factor If you have travelled outside of Philippines
      • Approved Leave of Absence if you are employed, in the event that you’re not its fine.
      • Bank Certification – The Bank Cert that I got is my Payroll Account so the embassy will know if you are really employed, (but if they will see that you’ve previously travelled having a stable job here in Philippines is no longer a turning point for your visa to get approved especially if you have a valid US visa. Coz they would know you will still come back here in your mother country.)
      • Letter of Invitation – This is if there will be someone who will sponsor your trip it doesn’t matter if the person who will sponsor you is in France for as long the Residency of that person falls under the EU countries or EEA, (My letter of invitation is from my step father which is in UK it was written in my invitation letter that he will pay everything for my trip including airfare, and attached to it is the Copy of his Passport and Bank Statement to prove that he/she really has the funds or means of supporting you.
      • Copy of Marriage Contract – Of my Step Father and Mother to show my relationship from the person who will sponsor my trip.
      • Hotel Voucher – Guys!! This is just a Confirmed Reservation, My agency didn’t charge me or this one, you just have to have a Credit Card to have it reserved, after the visa was approved if you don’t wanna go to that hotel its fine, cancel it and find a cheaper hotel.
      • Plane Ticket – This is also just a itinerary no need to purchase it, coz even the embassy is not requiring you to get the ticket prior to visa approval, you can get this from a travel agency, they call it ticket booking. its as if it’s the real ticket but its not.
      • Travel Insurance – My travel insurance is from Chartis Manila, cost me 3000+ pesos, but there is a cheaper one, the girl applicant in the embassy said that her insurance is from Malayan Bank? Or RCBC, I’m not just so sure, but there is a cheaper one which will just cost you 1500 pesos,
      –guys have all of your documents photocopied, coz they will just get the photocopied ones. So 1 set Original and 1 Set Photocopies
      -Just have your documents complete and you’ll have it!!!
      -at the day of the interview I arrived and Embassy, 30mins before the scheduled time, I went to the basement parking to get the ID going to the 16th flr, then get a number from the guard as you surrender your phone, then your number will be called, you will go to that window and that person will check if you have the complete set of documents needed. And pay for the Application Fee which is 3,490 pesos. Then your number will be called again for the interview, they will ask you the 1 set of photocopies and you’ll be left with the originals then they will just verify the things you’ve written on the application form. And then they will give you a quittance slip, it’s like a claim stub to claim your passport, Applying or a Schengen Visa is running around how your papers will be presented in the eyes of the consulate officer, and documentation of every detail is really needed. When I came back to claim my Passport I was so Happy to Find the Visa Stamped on it 
      The name of the travel agency who gave me the itinerary, hotel and Insurance is ASIA INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL, they are located in Salcedo Village Makati 8124464

      • crissy guilas 10/09/2013 at 5:33 am #

        Hi Francis, thank you for sharing your experience in applying for your Shengen visa. I’ve learned a lot from you and you inspired me to travel to France. May i ask how much did you pay to your travel agency for their assistance?