A valid passport with a minimum of 3 months validity after the scheduled end of travel date. There should be at least two blank pages, one page for the Schengen Visa sticker and one other page for the Indian and Schengen country immigration stamps.
Two recent passport photographs for biometrics. The passport photo has specific dimensions of 35 mm in length and 45 mm in height. The face itself should be between 32 mm to 36 mm.
Documents with Proof of financial status. (a) This could be employer payslips for three months, or an employment contract. (b) Personal bank statement for the previous Six months. Ensure that there is no recent large deposit to inflate available funds. If you are being sponsored by somebody else, like a parent, make sure that you have a sponsorship letter from the sponsor as well as the Sponsors bank statement. (c) Income tax returns (ITR) or Form 16 for the past Three years
Proof of accomodation for the complete stay in the Schengen region. This is usually confirmed hotel reservation or if you are staying with family or friends, you need an invitation letter from them along with a copy of their legal residence permit status in the Schengen region
This includes valid flight reservations and any train or bus bookings for travel across any international borders
The Schengen consulates have clearly defined the required of travel insurance for visiting the Schengen region. The travel insurance must cover the traveler for a minimum of Euro 30, 000.00 in the event of hospitalization and must include cover for emergency medical evacuation and repatriation of remains. Given here is a list of approved travel insurance companies for travel to the Schengen region
Last but not the least, the applicant must provide a completed application form along with a cover letter (Some consulates allow you to complete an online application). The cover letter addressed to the consulate should state the purpose of the visit (holiday, visiting family etc..), provide a detailed itinerary and if you are being sponsored for the trip, the relationship with the sponsor as well as the reason for the sponsoring.
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