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Schengen Area, signifies a zone where 26 European countries, abolished their internal borders, for the free and unrestricted movement of people, in harmony with common rules for controlling external borders and fighting criminality by strengthening the common judicial system and police cooperation.
Schengen Area covers most of the EU countries, except the UK, Ireland and the countries that are soon to be part of: Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Cyprus. Although not members of the EU, countries like: Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein are also part of the Schengen zone.
The 26 Schengen countries are:
Austria, Belgium, CzechRepublic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary,
Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland,
Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Currently, Schengen Area consists of 26 member countries. All of these countries are located in Europe, from which:
22 members fully implement the Schengen Aquis,
Four of them – members of the EFTA, implement Schengen Aquis through Specific Agreements related to the Schengen Agreement.
Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Lichtenstein are associate members of the Schengen Area but are not members of the EU.
Original Passport with validity of minimum six months and minimum two blank pages for visa stamps.
a) One photocopy of passport first and last page
b) Photocopies of valid US, UK and previous Schengen Visa.
a) Passports issued beyond 10 years will not be accepted by the Embassy
b) Attach all your old passports (if any)
*Passports are submitted & Collected through VFS
Schengen Visa Application Form : One visa application form back to back duly filled and signed on column 37 and 38
The following form also need to be duly filled, signed and submitted along with the application
*Visa Insurance Undertaking
Applicant mobile number should be mentioned in visa form as Embassy / Consulate can contact the applicant at any point of time during visa processing.
Photo Specification: Two recent passport size coloured photographs with matt or semi matt finish, 60%-80% face coverage, white background and without border (Size: 35mm x 45mm)
Please note: Photograph should not be more than 3 months old, scanned/stapled and should not be used in any of the previous visas
Covering-Letter: Covering Letter from applicant on business letter head stating his name, designation, purpose and duration of visit duly signed by authorized signatory and addressed to – The Visa Officer, Embassy of (Schengen country), New Delhi
a) Personal I.T.R for last three year
b) Personal Bank Statement for last six months
c) Salary slip for the last six months
Proof of Occupation
a) Company Registration Certificate / Certificate of Incorporation
b) Brief Company Profile
a) Appointment Letter / No Objection Certificate from employer
For any student under 18,
a) Applicants are requested by the French authorities to provide with either a photocopy of certificate from their school or university or any other document as a proof of their enrolment as a student.
b) NOC from school mentioning the dates of trip
If you are under 18, you must also submit
a) If you are travelling alone - An authorisation letter signed by both parents to travel alone. The authorization has to be certified by an entitled Indian authority and enclose copy of the parents' identity.
b) If the minor is travelling with a guardian: The guardian has to be legally authorized by the minor's parents to accompany him/her and take any measure that be needed in case of illness, accident,etc.
c) If the minor is accompanied by only one of his/her parents, the other one should give his/her legal authorization to let her/his child travelling with his/her spouse.
Proof of Accommodation : Hotel confirmation for the entire period of stay in Schengen area OR sponsorship certificate (attestation d'accueil*)in Original
Please Note: Hotel should match the ticket dates and maximum stay should be in Schengen Country .
Medical : Original and copy of Medical travel Insurance for the stay duration amounting to 30,000 Euros Insurance should have the validity for at least 10-15 days more after the return to India
Note: As applications are being accepted only through appointment, we advise you to send your application well in advance so that we can arrange for an appointment for timely processing of your visa.
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