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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.

FRENCH EMBASSY

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!

 

UPDATE: JUNE 2014

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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1,603 Responses to Schengen Visa for Philippine Passport Holders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Good morning,

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

    • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:49 am #

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

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

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

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

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

    • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:41 am #

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

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

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

    Thanks and more power

    • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:35 am #

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Hi Rob!

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

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

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

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

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

    • rose b. 06/12/2015 at 5:01 am #

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

      • Mitch 06/13/2015 at 6:45 pm #

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

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

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

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

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

    • Jiona 06/22/2015 at 11:55 am #

      Hi!

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

    • Brenda 06/22/2015 at 12:41 pm #

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

      • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:39 am #

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

    • Sharina 06/23/2015 at 6:26 pm #

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

      Thanks ahead
      Sharina:)

      • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:37 am #

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

    • marisa 06/24/2015 at 11:25 pm #

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

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

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

    • Jm 07/03/2015 at 7:13 pm #

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

      • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:56 am #

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

    • Rowena 07/08/2015 at 4:49 pm #

      Hello mitch,

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

    • hanna 07/09/2015 at 6:25 am #

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

    • Aimmie 07/18/2015 at 7:15 am #

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

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

    Peace and joy to you!

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you for your accommodation. God bless!

    josie

    • Rob 06/11/2015 at 7:04 pm #

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

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

        Hi Rob!

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

        • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:26 am #

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

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

        Hi Rob

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

        Thanks ahead
        Sharina:)

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

          Any info about my question help pls

      • hanna 07/09/2015 at 6:34 am #

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

        • Rob 07/21/2015 at 5:01 am #

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

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

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

      • Lay 07/13/2015 at 4:54 pm #

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

        Thank you all.

        • Rob 07/21/2015 at 5:07 am #

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

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

    Hi Rob and Wanderlass,

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

    • Rob 06/11/2015 at 6:58 pm #

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

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

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

    • Rob 06/08/2015 at 1:36 pm #

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:20 am #

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

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

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

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

        • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:22 am #

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

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

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

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

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

    • Rob 06/05/2015 at 1:21 am #

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

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

        Thanks. Wish me luck :)

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

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

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

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

        • Rob 06/11/2015 at 7:01 pm #

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            Congratulations and have fun! :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        • Rob 07/21/2015 at 4:31 am #

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

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

    Hi Rob!

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

    Thanks and hope you can help! :)

    • Serena 05/22/2015 at 9:19 am #

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

      • Kai 05/25/2015 at 11:55 pm #

        Hi Serena,

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

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

          Hi Kai,

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

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

      • Rob 05/26/2015 at 12:29 am #

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          Hi Rob!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Tin 05/23/2015 at 7:07 am #

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

      • Rob 05/26/2015 at 12:25 am #

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Rob 05/26/2015 at 12:40 am #

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

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

        Hello Rob!

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

        Thank you!!

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

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

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

            Hello Serena!

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

        • Rob 05/26/2015 at 6:50 pm #

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            Hi curiouslad0002!

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

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

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

    • Surfboi 05/30/2015 at 1:55 am #

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

      • chen 06/07/2015 at 8:11 am #

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

    • Gerald 05/30/2015 at 11:26 am #

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

      • migs 06/20/2015 at 3:45 pm #

        Hi Gerald

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

  22. 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?

  23. 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.. :)

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.. :)

  27. 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

  28. 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?

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

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

    • Rob 03/11/2015 at 5:33 pm #

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

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

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

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

        • Rob 03/18/2015 at 7:45 pm #

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

      • Fleet 05/24/2015 at 8:40 am #

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • nzl 03/11/2015 at 5:40 pm #

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

  30. 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.

          Goodluck!

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

      Hi,

      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

      Amy

      • 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).

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

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

    Hi,

    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.

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

    Hi,
    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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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!

  37. 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?

  38. 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.

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

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

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

    Hallo,
    Ich heiße Gani.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Hoping for your comments and tips.
    Thanks in advance.

    • gheenn 02/09/2015 at 1:00 am #

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

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

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

    • gheenn 02/09/2015 at 1:07 am #

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

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

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

    • Ms Joy 03/02/2015 at 6:13 pm #

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

      • Rob 03/05/2015 at 2:52 pm #

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  41. 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

  42. 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..

  43. 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?

  44. 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 #

      Regina
      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..

  45. 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

  46. 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!

  47. 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

  48. 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.

            Regards,
            Eliza

          • 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

            Regards,
            Eliza

          • 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…

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

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

    Thank you so much in advance.

    • Donutz 11/13/2014 at 2:49 pm #

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

      • cheal 01/30/2015 at 2:32 pm #

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

    • chen 06/07/2015 at 9:07 am #

      Hi Jocel!

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

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

  50. 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

  51. 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.
    My QUESTION IS :
    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..

  52. 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?

  53. 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…

  54. 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.

  55. 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 :)

    Regards,
    Marie

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

    FIRST 3 REQUIREMENTS THAT CHECK BY THE OFFICER IN THE EMBASSY:

    – ITINERARY TICKET (ROUND TRIP)
    – INSURANCE
    – PASSPORT

  57. 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

  58. 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

  59. 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.

  60. 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).

  61. 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!!

  62. 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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  63. 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.

  64. 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?

  65. 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.

  66. 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

  67. 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.

  68. 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 .

  69. 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.

    Thanks.

    • 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.

  70. 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.

  71. 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?

        Thanks

        KOREEN

      • 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

  72. 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.

  73. 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

  74. 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!

  75. 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! :)

  76. 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

  77. 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.

  78. 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

  79. 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.

  80. 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!

        • Aimmie 07/18/2015 at 7:57 am #

          This is really a big help for me.thank you..but the birth certificate really need the red ribbon?My problem is my work leave. My boss will not allow the 3 months leave

  81. 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 =)

  82. 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?

  83. 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?

  84. 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.

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

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

  86. 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!:)

  87. 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.

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

    Hi!

    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

  89. 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!

  90. 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.
      Marc

      • 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.

        felicity

        • 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

  91. 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.

  92. 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.

  93. 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!

  94. 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.

  95. 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?

  96. 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

  97. 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 :)

  98. 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.

  99. 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?

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

    Hi,

    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.

    Thanks!

  101. 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.

  102. 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?

  103. 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.

  104. 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!

  105. 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!

  106. 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! :*

  107. 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…

  108. 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?

    Thanks

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

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

  110. 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!

  111. 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.

  112. 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

  113. 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

  114. 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.

  115. 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..

  116. 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?

  117. 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??

  118. 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

  119. 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 :)

  120. 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.

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

    Hello,
    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!

  122. 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

  123. 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?

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

    Hi Koreen,

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

  125. 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

  126. 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.

  127. 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!!!!

  128. 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.

  129. 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

  130. 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 :)

  131. 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 :)

  132. 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.

  133. 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

  134. 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,, :)

  135. 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?

  136. 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.

  137. 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?