Every person wishing to enter the
Schengen Area, under
whatever purpose, may be a subject to visa regime, depending
on his or her nationality.
If you have never been to Europe before, the first thing you have to do is ask yourself "Do I need a visa to Schengen Area?" Currently, more than 60 countries around the world can enter Europe visa free zone without the need to obtain a visa first, and remain there for 90 days within a six-month period.
The application process to obtain a European visa is mandatory for your freedom of movement in this area. Therefore, you should be very careful when lodging your Schengen visa application. If you need to apply for a visa to Europe, proceed reading this article which is the ultimate guideline of a Schengen visa application process.
1. Figure out which Schengen visa type you need
Depending on the purpose under which you need to enter the Schengen Area, you can apply for one of the following Schengen visa types:
Visa for Visiting Family or Friends
Visa for Culture and Sport activities
Visa for Official Visits
Visa for Medical Reasons
2. Find out where you need to apply
Depending on how your destination country in Schengen has regulated visa submission in your country of residence, you will have to file your Schengen visa application at one of the following:
▪ Their embassy
▪ One of their consulates
▪ A visa center to which the embassy of your destination country has outsourced visa submission
▪ The embassy / consulate of another Schengen state to which the embassy of your destination country has outsourced visa submission
By your “destination country”, we mean the country where you need to lodge your application, according to the Schengen rules.
These rules are as follows:
▪ If you are going to visit only one Schengen country, file your application at the embassy / consulate / visa center of that country
▪ If you are going to visit more than two Schengen countries, file your application:
- At the embassy / consulate / visa center of the country where you will spend most days, if you will be spending unequal amount of days in each
- At the embassy / consulate / visa center of the country where you will step first, if you will be spending an equal amount of days in each
A Letter of Invitation is a proof for conference registration and attendance application. It will be stated in English and may help with your visa application. However, it does not guarantee you a visa. Invitation letters will only be issued once your registration and payment have been confirmed. And it will be sent by e-mail.
For those who require a visa, please note that the Organizing Committee has no control over the visa application process, or the decision of the visa adjudicator in the embassy or consulate. The conference cannot be responsible for actual visa issuances. The process length varies from individuals, you're strongly advised to start your application as soon as you can.
Should your application be denied, we cannot change the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, nor will we engage in discussion or correspondence with the MOFA or the Embassy on behalf of the applicant.