Posted by : Ruby Escalona Wednesday, October 21, 2015
In my last visa post, I delve into the Chinese and the Korean visa applications. This time, I'll tell you how I applied for my Schengen visa application last year when I went to Germany, Austria & Slovakia.
|Me in a lake near Neuschwanstein|
Arrive Germany, spend 5 days
Austria, spend 3 days
Slovakia, spend 5 days
The Schengen visa stipulates that you apply for the visa on either 1) the country you're spending the longest time in, or 2) if spending an equal amount of time in different countries, apply at the first point of entry, which in my case was Germany.
NOTE: The German embassy in Miami does not accept walk in applicants. You have to schedule a visa interview on their website in advance.
Here are the requirements I had to give:
- Filled out visitor visa application form
- Passport Photo
- Roundtrip airline tickets (USA to Schengen countries & back)
- Hotel Reservations (for Germany & Austria)
- A letter from Peter's aunt inviting me to Slovakia with her home address & details
- Proof of income (3 months of bank statements, both from my checking & savings account here in the US as well as three months of payslips from the company I'm working for)
- Employment letter (with annual salary)
- Insurance covering the Schengen area + Switzerland from AXA Schengen covering at least $50,000 worth of incidentals if something were to happen to me.
- Photocopy of my US resident visa (I don't have a green card)
|In Strecno Castle near Martin, Slovakia|
So, what were the questions I was asked:
- Where do I work?
- How many days are you spending in each country? It is imperative that you know your itinerary by heart. No shuffling through papers, you must be very prepared for this interview.
- Is Slovakia included in the Schengen Treaty? Yes.
- Then she asked for all my documents in the order she asked for.
Then I'm done, easy peasy, I'm in and out within 15 minutes! My visa was approved and I should get it in the mail within 3 days!
Things to note:
- Make sure you have complete requirements with you. They had me retake a photo because the AAA passport photo I had was not close enough. Good thing there was a CVS a block away from the embassy and I had my photo taken in no time.
- Make sure you have more than enough money in cash when you go to the embassy. They do not take debit or credit cards.
- Look presentable!
- Make sure you have all the documents in order. In my case, I made sure everything was in place because there is no way I'll drive another 10 hours just to go back to Jacksonville to Miami (Well, Peter was doing most of the driving but we don't want to spend the extra money on gas & food and the time getting there anymore). I quadruple checked everything to make sure I had it and I made backups in my gmail account just in case I need to get anything.