If you want to visit and apply for a Schengen visa as a Belarusian citizen, you will need a pile of documentation. If you do all the paperwork promptly according to the guidelines provided by the embassy, your Schengen visa application process will go through more smoothly.
In this blog article, we have provided detailed guidelines about the documents required for the application process for Belarus citizens.
Documents Requirement For A Schengen Visa Application Process
To apply for a Schengen visa, you need to provide the following documents:
- A visa application form that has been filled out and signed.
- Get out your passport: Three months should be left on its expiration date after you exit the Schengen Area.
- A travel itinerary showing all travel routes and accommodations: Local authorities want evidence of how and where you plan to go (i.e., plane, train, bus tickets, or rental car receipts) before allowing you to enter the country.
- Documents related to your subsistence: you must have proof that you have sufficient financial funds to cover all your living expenses during your stay in the Schengen zone. You can check each country’s financial requirements online or through your country’s embassy or consulate.
- Documents concerning your accommodation plans: Include details about your intended lodging place in your application. This could be a receipt from a hotel, an email invitation to stay with a friend or relative, etc.
- Cover letter: the cover letter must explain the purpose of your trip. The cover letter should be simple, but it should include your brief information, including personal details, dates to travel and when you leave, and reason for visiting the Schengen zone.
- Travel insurance: All travellers must provide proof of adequate travel insurance for a Schengen visa. There are a plethora of protection plans available. However, some conditions must be met before your travel insurance is declared “valid.”
It must offer at least €30,000 in protection. It needs to be able to cover the whole of the Schengen Area. This needs to pay for any emergency medical care while away from home. This entails anything from routine medical care to hospitalisation in the event of an emergency to repatriation or an urgent need for evacuation.
- Employment Status Documents
You must have to provide the documents showing your employment status. You have to provide the following employment documents:
If You’re Employed
- contract of employment
- Your past 6 months bank statements
- A letter of acknowledgement from your employer showing you will be out of the office.
- Form of Income Tax Return (ITR)
in the case of Self-Employed
- form of Income Tax Return (ITR)
- A 6-month bank statement copy of your company
- Business licence copy
If You’re A Student
- Proof of your enrollment at a recognized education institution.
- A verification letter from your school states that they have no objections to your absence.
- An official document or certificate showing that you’re a retiree.
- Your bank statements for the past 6 months.
Where To Submit A Schengen Visa Application Form ?
Some countries provide online visa application services where you can submit your initial application, often through third-party firms that process applications. You will have to appear in person for successful visa approval.
The interview will be held near your embassy or visa application centre. Also, you must come with the original copies of all your available and additional documents.
How Much Time Does A Schengen Visa Application Take In Approval?
Schengen visa processing time is generally 2 weeks all around the globe. But in some cases, it may take more time to process the application because of any complications during the application. In extraordinary cases, it may take up to 30 days or 60 days.
Sometimes a delay may be something other than your application. For example, delays in processing mostly happen in the summer holidays of July and August. Some countries also provide an excellent service where you can easily track your application or can contact the embassy or consulate in your country if you have concerns.
Read about the travel advice for your destination or contact your airline or travel agent for any questions regarding your travel plans.