While submitting a Schengen application, the most worrisome thought for any applicant is of a Visa Rejection. The visa requirements for the Schengen area are very straight forward. But every minute detail must be filled carefully, as any mistake can result into a visa rejection.

Are you wondering what mistakes you should avoid while applying for a Schengen visa? Agreeing to the crude fact that a Schengen visa application can at times keep you on edge, there are ways to have a hassle free application, if certain things are taken care of well in advance.

The following are the main causes of a Schengen Visa application being refused:

Incomplete application forms

At the time of applying for a Schengen visa, you must submit a dully filled application form. In doing so, you cannot leave any segments blank. Failure to provide a completed application form will lead to a visa rejection. Every detail plays an important role.

Valid travel health insurance was not provided

Adequate travel health insurance is mandatory for all travelers who are planning to visit any of the Schengen countries. Without proof from your travel insurance provider your visa cannot be issued.

Damaged or invalid passport

Presenting an invalid, damaged or soiled passport can also lead to a Schengen visa application rejection, especially when some pages are detached or missing, or the front cover is missing. The passport should have a valid period of three remaining months after visit to the Schengen country and possess two blank visa pages and should not be older than 10 years.

False travel document

Make sure your passport meets all the requirements before you submit your application. Your passport can only be accepted if it meets these requirements:

  • Your passport must have at least two empty pages
  • Your passport must be valid for minimum three months upon the expiration of the visa you are applying for
  • The first issue date of your passport must not be more than 10 years ago

Your intention to leave the Schengen area before the expiry of the visa is uncertain

Provide proof of professional status that will guarantee your return.

Proof of sufficient means was not provided

Please provide the proof that you have sufficient means at your disposal to cover your living expenses.

Incorrect application form

You will need the latest form which you can download from the Embassy’s/Consulate’s official website. Don’t forget to sign the application form and try not to provide wrong information.

The purpose and conditions of the intended stay are not reliable

You have to justify the purpose and conditions of the intended stay.

You have already stayed more than 90 days within a period of 180 days

You are not allowed to stay more than 90 days within a period of 180 days in the area. This rule applies to short stay visa (type c).

Applicant is considered as a threat to public policy, internal security or public health

Don’t try to deceive the consular officers and don’t submit fake or false documents.

Have in mind that you will receive a refusal letter which contains all the reasons why your visa was rejected.

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