When applying for a visa to Europe you will have to submit some required documents as part of the Schengen visa application process
Visa application form. Fully completed and signed.
Two recently taken photos must be attached. Both photos must be taken within the last three months, according to the visa photo requirements.
A valid passport. Not older than 10 years and it should valid for at least three more months beyond the date you plan to leave Schengen area. Older passports with visas on them (if you have any).
Round trip reservation or itinerary. It must include dates and flight numbers.
Travel insurance policy. A document that proves you have travel health insurance for the whole Schengen territory, with a minimum coverage of 30,000 euros in case of any medical emergency as illnesses, accidents and even repatriation in case of death.
A hotel/hostel booking
Proof of accommodation. A document that shows where you will be accommodated throughout
your stay in Schengen. This can be one of the following:
A hotel/hostel booking.
A rental agreement.
A letter of invitation from a host at whose house you will be staying.
Proof of financial means. Evidence that you have enough money to support yourself financially throughout your stay in the Schengen. This can be one of the following:
Bank account statement – that shows you have enough money in your account for the trip. The statement shall be no older than 3 months.
Sponsorship Letter – by another person that confirms they will be financially supporting your trip to the Schengen. In order for this letter to be valid, it must be accompanied by a bank statement of the sponsor, no older than three months.
A combination of your bank account statement and a letter of sponsorship.
Proof of paid visa fee. €60 for adults and €35 for children from 6 to 12 years old. Schengen Visa Requirements According to Applicant’s Employment Status Specific required documents, based on visa applicant’s employment status are as following:
Current bank statement of the latest 6 months.
Leave permission from the employer.
Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary.
For the self-employed
A copy of your business trade license.
Company bank statement of the latest 6 months.
Income Tax Return (ITR).
Proof of enrollment.
No objection letter from School or University.
Pension statement of the latest 6 months.
If unemployed and married to an EU citizen:
Confirmation of Employment letter, no older than three months, from their spouse’s employer stating the position held
within the company as well as the starting date.
Spouse’s valid passport.
An official marriage certificate.
Documents are Required for Schengen Visa for Minors
The parents / legal guardians of minors applying for a Schengen visa must submit some extra documents for the underage applicant:
Documents Required when Applying for a Visa to Visit Relatives or Friends
The additional required documents to obtain a Schengen visa to visit relatives / friends are:
Affidavit of Support. In case one does not have a bank account or does not own enough funds to be taking care of their expenses during this travel, one must ask the visiting friends or relatives to sign an “official affidavit of support” at the corresponding office in his/her place of residence. Make sure you carry the original document when applying for the visa.
Travel Itinerary. The applicant’s description of their trip, the purpose of travelling, the time frame and all the personal date written down in a letter.
Means of Subsistence. If the applicant declares that he/she will be covering all the travel expenses, proof of one’s financial status is requested otherwise if the relative/friend is to cover the applicant’s expenses, a formal document issued by the competent authorities to a resident of a Schengen country (the friend/relative in this case) is to be submitted.
Letter of Invitation. By the relative/friend residing in a Schengen country. If the applicant will be covering the expenses on his/her own, the relatives/friend’s name, address and the copy of their passport will suffice. In case that the friend/relative is not a citizen of this Schengen country, the copy of the residency permit will also be required.