Frequently Asked Questions About Schengen Visa Application.

One of my popular posts to date is the one where I talked about how to apply for a Schengen visa from Dubai. Since I posted it, I have been receiving numerous emails and comments on a daily basis asking for more information about this procedure. I have been replying to each and every single comments during the first few months however, I noticed that the questions have become repetitive and if only the readers will read the post and comments thoroughly then they wouldn’t have to ask me those questions anymore. I realized though that it might be difficult for anyone to read through all of it so I’m compiling all the Frequently Asked Questions About Schengen Visa Application on this post.


Is there a specific amount to have in my bank account or salary bracket requirements before I can apply for a Schengen visa?

There is no specific amount nor a salary bracket requirements. The only thing that you will have to consider is that the amount of money that you have in your bank account should be able to sustain your travel to the Schengen state for the whole duration of your stay. So the longer your stay is, the higher the amount they require.

What I normally do is, I get the bank statement as soon as my salary is deposited to my account. That way, I will have a big amount in my account to show them.

I didn’t do it though on my first Schengen visa application. I applied for it when I have just completed my 6th month in Dubai and with my company. I only had AED3000 in my account then and I have applied for a visa valid for 7 days. Surprisingly, I still got the visa. So I guess it all really depends if the amount you have in your account will be able to support you for the whole duration of your stay.

Do I need to open a separate bank account for visa application or the account where my salary is deposited is enough?

I always show my account where my salary is being deposited plainly because I don’t have any other bank accounts. So I would say, there’s no need for you to open a separate one since the embassies would also want to see the in and out activity of your account.

How many months of bank statement is required?

Depending on the embassy’s requirement. Some embassies require only 3 months while some require 6 months statement. So you have to double check on their requirements list.

I am going to visit someone I know in the Schengen state, is it easier for me to get a visa if I will show that they are going to sponsor me for the whole trip or is it better if I apply for it myself?

I have not applied for a Schengen visa this way so I have no idea if it will make it easier or not. I also do not have any information on how to apply for a visa this way so you will have to contact VFS or the embassy directly for the proper procedure.

HOWEVER, if you are married to someone whose passport belongs to a Schengen state then I will say that it is easier. I have recently applied for a Greek Schengen visa after marrying The Greek Mister and the documents they required was much less for me, I didn’t have to pay for a fee and they gave me a one year valid visa.

Do I need to purchase my ticket or a dummy ticket will suffice?

This is ricky question as now, it all depends on the requirements of the country you’re applying for. During those times when I myself was applying for Schengen visas, all countries required a confirmed TICKET and not just a booking. But now, I have heard from friends that they only required a flight BOOKING. So you have to check the requirements stated by the embassy you’re applying your visa for if they require a ticket or a booking.

If they require a ticket, I suggest you buy a real confirmed ticket and not use a dummy one. Embassies randomly check if these tickets are real. Someone made a comment of his experience when he applied for an Italian visa. He bought a confirmed Emirates ticket and as soon as he got his Italian visa, he cancelled the Emirates ticket and refunded it so that he can buy a cheaper flight. The next day, he got a call from the Italian consulate that they need to see him and when he went there, they told him that they need to cancel his visa since he cancelled his Emirates ticket.

Now I’m not sure if he’s telling the truth but I definitely wouldn’t want to be the one to witness it myself and say, Yes, it’s true. I don’t see the point though of lying about it or making up such story so I believe him.

If I apply for a visa validity for a week, are they only going to give me a visa valid for only 7 days or there will be some allowances?

The visas I got are always just valid for the duration of my stay. I have observed though that if the applicant is married, they automatically get a 6 months valid visa. I’m not very sure if this is still the case though.

Can you recommend a good travel agency to process my visa?

I don’t use travel agencies to process my visas since the only thing that they will do to help you is to collect all the documents from you. That’s it. You will still have to personally bring the documents to VFS or the embassy since they will require your fingerprints and photo to be taken. So if you’re going to use a travel agency to help you, you’ll be paying them just to make sure that you have all the documents completed when you can do it yourself. So I don’t know why would anyone even do that.

If I apply for a German visa and I didn’t mention that I’m also going to some other countries during my stay, will it be a problem?

Once you have the Schengen visa, you can move around the Schengen states so it doesn’t matter where you’re going after AS LONG AS, your first point of entry will be the country where you applied your Schengen visa from.

If for example you have a German visa and your first point of entry is another country say for example you flew into Paris, the immigration in Paris MIGHT ask for your itinerary to see if you really are going to Germany after. In this case, you will have to prove that you are in fact going to Germany and that you are in fact going to stay there longer. Remember the Schengen visa rule? You can apply for your Schengen visa to the country where you’ll be entering first or you’ll be staying the longest.

The above example happened to a client of mine who had a German visa with him but he was going to Paris and not at all going to Germany. When he arrived in Paris, the immigration officer asked him to show his onward journey (hotels and flights/trains booked). When he couldn’t provide anything, he was asked to take the same flight that he flew in back to Dubai.

How long does it normally take to get the visa?

Normally, they say that it will be 14 days although I normally get my visa within a week. HOWEVER, during the summer holidays or the peak season like the Eid holidays, it can take even a month to get so you have to plan your holidays and visa processing accordingly. You can apply for your visa as early as 3 months before your departure which is what I normally do to avoid any delays.

Can I postpone my trip after I get the visa?

I have never done this before so I don’t know if you can. However, speaking out of common sense, I think you won’t be able to since the visas are only valid for specific dates – unless you got a 6-month valid visa which will then allow you to travel anytime within that 6 months period.

Can I use a hotel booking using

I’ve never done that so I’m not sure if it’s valid.

I received this message “A decision on your Visa application reference number:……. has been made by the Consulate General Your application has been received at the Joint Visa Application Centre and is ready for collection.” Does it mean my visa is granted or denied?

There’s only one way to find out, go and get your passport. Everyone receives that message whether it’s denied or granted.

Where can I get a travel insurance and how much does it cost?

If you’re in Dubai, I only get my travel insurance from DNATA. A 5-day valid travel insurance is around AED100 (not sure if it’s still the same). I normally don’t pay anything more than AED200 whenever I buy a travel insurance from them. Make sure that you mention that you’re going to use it for Schengen visa application though since they do have a lot of options for travel insurance.

If you’re not from Dubai, you can ask any travel agencies if they have it. Normally, big travel agencies will have some sort of travel insurance with them as well.

My visa has been rejected, how do I make an appeal?

I’m not sure how to do this so you may want to ask VFS directly or the embassy.

Do I need to travel around first so I can get stamps from different countries in my passport before I apply for a Schengen visa?

It sure of course will help you get a better chance to have the visa but no, it’s not required.

I’m a housewife and I’m traveling with my husband. Is it ok for me to present his bank statement for the two of us?

Of course it is, but then you have to make sure that the balance amount in the bank account can support the two of you for the whole duration of your stay. I normally get a bank statement as soon as my salary is deposited, that way I have a big amount in it. 🙂

What country gives Schengen visas the easiest?

No such thing, I think it all depends on the documents you’re going to submit. I’ve applied to a lot of embassies and it’s been the same so far.

Do I need to have an itinerary or just a flight and hotel booking is enough?

Flight and hotel booking is enough but make sure that you have ALL the documents for the whole duration of your stay. If you are staying for 2 weeks, then you must show all of the hotel bookings you’ve done for the whole 2 weeks. If you’re going to transfer from one city to another, you must also be able to show how you’re going to do this – by train, flight or boat.

Can I apply for a Schengen visa from Dubai if I’m not holding a UAE residence visa?

No, you have to apply for a Schengen visa from where you’re residing.

My UAE residence visa is expiring next month, can I apply for Schengen visa with it?

No, most embassies require at least 3 or 6 months validity of your UAE residence visa. Along with your passport.

If I apply for my Schengen visa here in the UAE and travel from a different country to go to Europe, will the visa be valid?

As soon as you have the Schengen visa, you can travel from anywhere you want.

More than the above clarifications, the best advice I can give anyone is to have all the required documents ready and in order. Be truthful with your application and if you get rejected, don’t fret since you can always reapply anyway. Should you have any other questions other than the above, I suggest for you to contact the embassy or consulate directly. Good luck!


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  • cyril October 6, 2019 at 23:50

    Is there a particular amount of salary a Schengen visa applicant should be earning in the uae to be eligible for this Visa?

  • Rhoby June 18, 2019 at 07:06

    Hi, Can i still apply for Schengen Visa even my UAE visa is about to expired? I just finished my contract and planning to go first to my Fiance and we two will come togther to philippines after 2 weeks trip in Spain and france bfre our wedding. The thing is that my company doesn’t want to issue me an NOC Any more.
    will this affect my application? Please advise. Many thanks!

  • Shaazia Yacoob March 4, 2019 at 14:16

    I have a quick question. I live in UAE and it mentions on the requirement list that I need an NOC from my company as well as my employment contract copy and a copy of my companys license . My company however does not want to hand the license copy to me and I only have an noc and employment contract. Is this enough or will my Visa be rejected?

  • Makhy October 9, 2018 at 09:54

    Anyone here who applied for France Visa?
    I applied last September 17 until now October 9 I haven’t received any update. It’s like more than 15 working days already.

  • a September 29, 2018 at 11:53

    anyone applied in greece embassy this month??

    • Roso September 29, 2018 at 13:18

      I applied last September 23 , but still no update

      • Anonymous September 30, 2018 at 11:44

        I applied sept. 6, still no update. It’s more than 25 days already.

  • sara September 27, 2018 at 10:59

    anyone who recently applied for netherlands visa??
    i applied on 17 september. travel dat is 11 october. still not recieved any update

    • sam November 29, 2018 at 07:19

      when did you get , how many weeks it took

  • May Cruz August 1, 2018 at 19:13

    Hi. I am May Cruz.married to a spanish citizen. Im residing in Dubai but my visa is cancelled already due to finish contract. Can i apply Schengen visa from here ? Hoping for your reply. Thanks

    • Anonymous March 18, 2019 at 11:12

      Yes you can

  • Nandita July 11, 2018 at 08:24

    My name is Nandita, i applied tourist visa from india and my husband applied tourist visa from abu dhabi , i got my greece tourit visa but his got rejected. Shall i show my indian fixed deposites and tourist visa for support ..will this make his case stronger.

    • QAIS October 2, 2019 at 12:42


  • Anonymous June 9, 2018 at 00:38

    I have received msg from VFS that my passport is ready for collection the next day of application submission so I suspect that my visa has been rejected. Is there any possibility to get the visa as earlier.

    • Anonymous June 21, 2019 at 19:22

      What was your result at that time??
      I had too apply for france visa,and after 2 days passport is ready for collection??that means visa refusal???

  • Mohammad May 12, 2018 at 15:52

    Any one have expirence about Belgium visa to visit friends or family
    I submitted my application with below documents
    Annexe 3 bis the letter of obligation
    Copies of Salery slip of sponsor
    Tax certificate of sponsor
    Apartment owner ship of sponsor

    From my side
    I submitted my noc from employer
    3 month bank statement
    Medical insurance
    Cover letter and travel plan

    My current Salery is AED 7244
    Please advise the chances to get the visa. I applied for 10 days only

  • Azeem May 8, 2018 at 13:38

    In case of rejection Netherlands embassy how many days return passports

  • Azeem May 8, 2018 at 13:34

    In case of rejection how many days netherlands embassy take to send back passport

  • Hassan May 6, 2018 at 13:22

    I along with my wife recieved our passport back from german embassy but ky two minor daughter passport still in progress. We all applied together so why they are not sending their passports.
    I am a little worried because this never happened before. We all have previous schengen visa

  • waqas May 4, 2018 at 15:15

    I had a question, i submitted my documents at the polish. Afterwards, i was handed over the passport collection date, which happens to be 3 days after my intended day of departure. So will this affect my chances of getting the visa?

  • Mohammad April 29, 2018 at 17:48

    Hello…I am going with my wife and we are applying 2 separate files…Do they ask for the marriage certificate on VSF?!

  • dimple April 10, 2018 at 10:19

    can i take greece visa application appointment of vfs abu dhabi center even though my uae residence visa is issued in dubai?

  • Hersh March 27, 2018 at 18:53

    Hi just wanted to ask. We will be applying for schengen visa as a family and my husband will be the primary applicant. Can we apply together or we should apply separately. Also for the documents to be submitted, are we going to submit them separately? Or we can go together but my husband will be the one to hand over my and my son’s documnts . FYI, Ill be submitting my husband’s bank statement since im a housewife.

    • Daph March 28, 2018 at 13:13

      Hi Hersh!

      I think you can apply together but the application forms should be separately. You need to go in person. It’s fine if your husband will submit the bank statement, if you have another bank statement in your home country just add it.

      Hope it helps!

  • anonymous March 8, 2018 at 07:30

    Is there anyone in this group used as a hotel reservation in applying Schengen visa?
    please advise if they accepted it or not.
    really need your kind advise regarding the hotel booking.

    • Nicnic March 19, 2018 at 05:59

      Yes. They are acceptable. I used it several times.

    • Cassandra March 28, 2018 at 11:20

      I have used for visas. It is fine and accepted. However ensure that the name of all the applicants are on the booking confirmation

  • anonymous March 8, 2018 at 07:28

    Is there anyone in this group used as a hotel reservation?
    please advise if they accepted it or not.
    really need your kind advise regarding the hotel booking.

    • Vk March 28, 2018 at 19:18

      I applied to the French embassy initially with bookings but I gut rejected twice. Then I replaced all my bookings with airbnb bookings along with invitation letter from my hosts and also changed my embassy to German embassy. This is how I finally got my visa. May be here the reason for my rejection was the booking. Com bookings

  • Pam February 23, 2018 at 08:49

    Hi, I have a question that relates to the immigration part. I am resigning from my job in Dubai and return to the Philippines. But befoee taking my flight home, I would like to travel tp Europe for a few weeks. My Schengen visa will still be valid by that time. Do you think I will face issues at Dubai immigration that instead of going directly to the Philippines, I’ll be traveling to another country? Would you know if I’ll be allowed entry to the Schengen country given the fact that I am no longer a UAE resident and I only have my return ticket to the Philippines as proof that Immigration going back? I have been to the Schengen area many times in the last 7 years. I never had an issues as I had my UAE residency.

    • J February 25, 2018 at 07:57

      No problem.

  • sandeep singh December 18, 2017 at 10:28

    I want apply schengen visa after 3-4 month with my family. I am working in abu dhabi but my family in India. My family will come in abu dhabi next month for 3 month visit visa. Can we all apply schengen visa in abu dhabi.

  • Sanjay December 17, 2017 at 18:28

    I have Pakistan Passport, submitted at France Embassy along with spouse, issued multiple visit visa in processing time of mere 8 working days (excluding Public holidays). The procedure is very clear, all we need to be honest in documents. In my opinion acceptance criteria is not based on 1 or 2 factors but they verify each and everything about the applicant, from nationality to intention to return.

    In order to increase the chances of acceptance, most important things need to be considered to have confirmed flight return ticket, confirmed hotel booking, sufficient balance in the account (Eur60 per day, I don’t remember exactly was it 60 or 100). Here some people believe that showing a huge amount in the bank statement will weigh more on the selection, well this is not the case at all.

    Further, nationality play a role in speed of visa processing, in my case I expected to be called within 4 days but took 12 days even though I have attached detailed documents.

    But I have a regret that I cannot use multiple visa as the validity of the visa is only 90 days, would be more happy if it was 6 months, I would like to hear from you people anyone has the same case or got 6 month with multiple.

    Kind Regards,

  • Muma buere November 3, 2017 at 17:19

    Hi my dear,
    I am applying for France visa for the second time.the last time I applied was in 2015 and I got a 6 months multiple visa.since 2015,it’s this year I want to see if I could apply again for 7 days vacation to France.i finished my 3 years contract with my previous company and now I just got a new resident visa with another company which I had just worked with the present company for just a week and is taking a 10 days leave.what are the chances for me to get a visa granted Pls? Help any one

  • Jess October 24, 2017 at 09:23

    Hi, we planned to go to Prague on 22-26 Dec. Our hotel and ticket booking is 22-26 however our insurance travel is 22-31 Dec. Will the Prague embassy will give us 5days or 10days as per the insurance validity?

  • Malaak October 16, 2017 at 15:26

    If my shengen visa will expired on Nov 2,2017, i can stay until Nov 10,2017?
    There will be any problem when i will apply again for the shengen?

  • Ishan October 13, 2017 at 20:02

    I hope to go to Holland for 2 weeks. Normally how much should I have in my bank account?

  • Usman Munir October 3, 2017 at 22:47

    i were submit my application for the Netherlands embassy first time i got 3 months visit visa
    i m so happy thanks a lot
    anyone need anyone info about that please you can write to me
    usman undersocre jat undersocre 1 at yahoo dot com

    • Nitesh Stha October 7, 2017 at 18:54

      Without NOC can I get visa? Your early reply will be appreciable.

      • Anonymous November 25, 2017 at 15:52

        i have applied both in germany and czech rep, both country requires NOC

      • rex January 15, 2019 at 08:13

        what if i dont submit noc, instead ill submit salary certificate .. is it ok??

    • Ishan October 13, 2017 at 20:05

      Hi.I hope to travel Holland for 2 weeks. i work in UAE. How Mich shoul I have in my bank account.

    • mech October 17, 2017 at 22:23

      i just wanna ask you how many days after you lodge your application in VFS did you received your schengen visa.. did you wait for 15 days? 10 days? or just only a week? i am worried because i only have 10 days to wait before my traveling date.

      • J O y November 21, 2017 at 07:27

        Hi, did you get your visa with in 10 days or the gave you a different dates to travel?

  • Faruk October 3, 2017 at 13:23

    Suppose to be today I apply for poland visa,after how many days latter I can gety passport.

  • Dave September 25, 2017 at 16:16

    Anyone applied here in Netherlands? Just wanna know if I need to provide the daily activity itinerary? And do you think 5k is enough for 8 days travel? Can I use Dummy ticket? Any advise and suggestion please?

  • Usman Munir September 20, 2017 at 22:52

    all dears: anyone want to apply TRC card in Poland for 3 years but for this you need a valid visit visa. if you have the schengen visa you can come to poland and applied for that trc card for 3 years. anyone need any help in this regard they can ask me on here usman underscore jat undersocre 1 at yahooo do com
    wish them very good luck for all them

  • Anonymous September 16, 2017 at 20:54

    Hello, I got a student visa to France I’m working in Abu Dhabi and my employer will gonna cancel my visa,the emigration will allow me to go?I have a ticket already too…going to France

    • Usman Munir September 18, 2017 at 09:03

      its no problem at all… you have the valid visa student. dont worried wish you very good luck. if you want to apply your TRC card in poland.

    • Anonymous September 19, 2017 at 19:18

      Hello Everyone,
      Working in Dubai and planning to apply for a schengen visa to Sweden for a visit to a relative in November (1.5 month’s time).I have a couple of questions with this regards;
      1).I do not have a local bank account(dubai) ,and have rather been saving my monthly income in my home bank.Will a statement from my home bank suffice?Is it acceptable in the embassy?(foreign bank statement rather than a local bank statement)
      2.)I’ll also be receiving the invitation documents and its requisite attachments( sponsors passport,residence permit) as scanned soft copies via email.Is this acceptable in the embassy?
      Please advice.Much appreciation and thank you in advance!

      • anne November 25, 2017 at 16:25

        u need to have a bank account and savings here in Dubai, u have to present 6 months or 3 months depends on the is a MUST.
        i remember my aunt send me an original documents from germany, not just a scanned copy, just check with the swedish embassy, to make sure.

  • margaux September 16, 2017 at 09:33

    hi i have some question .
    we are planning to travel schengen countries for 14days and we hire a travel agent and we have itinerary for that ,after that 14days we want to diy travel also to luxembourg,norway,spain ,maltaand portugal we need to purcahse in advance the ticket and hotel?

    • Usman Munir September 18, 2017 at 09:06

      you need to book the confirmed hotel booking thats it and no need for the ticket confirmed booking only dome tickets will be fine thanks

      • maria March 28, 2019 at 06:01

        I basically submitted all the requirements on the checklist and still got denied for the reason that I cant justify the purpose and conditions of the intended stay. What website do you recommend to use for hotel

  • Abbie September 10, 2017 at 14:53


    I found a job in Italy and they are planning to process my employment visa by October. Do i really need to cancel first my working visa here in U.A.E. before i apply or pass all the requirements for employment visa in Embassy?
    Thank You!

    • tanie September 12, 2017 at 12:32

      Hi. Ms. Abhie,

      Paano ka po nakakuha ng work sa Italy, thru website po ba?

    • Dada September 25, 2017 at 07:52

      Hi Ms Abbie

      San sa italy ka pupunta on process na rin kasi ang employment visa ko.

  • Subash Tamang August 21, 2017 at 16:23

    Hi! I’ll like to know how I’ll get the schengen visa me and my wife from uae bcoz I have been 10 yrs in uae and salary is ed 7000 plus and wat kind of documents needed to apply..thanks in adncd

  • Lei July 17, 2017 at 09:37 would I know that my visa was rejected since I haven’t got any message from’s almost 1mnth..any idea guys..thank u

    • Anonymous July 24, 2017 at 23:47

      some its happnned getting late dont worried

  • Vivek Nayyar July 15, 2017 at 22:01

    We are four friends who are planning for a Europe trip this September. We have booked our flight tickets.
    Now one of our friend is married and she is a house wife.Her husband won’t be accompanying us.

    My question is if she says that here husband will be her sponsor and shows all the documents of her husband, will that be a problem.
    And if it won’t be a problem, what all documents she need to produce of her and her husband to be ready for the visa process.
    Any help here ?

  • Shaun June 24, 2017 at 22:28

    Hi, After my stay must i fly back home from the country that issued me a visa or i can fly from anywhere. For example, if Germany issued me a visa can I return home from Italy or i must go back to Germany before i can return home??

    How do i know when i get response to this?? Please i will appreciate an email –, thanks

  • Shaun June 24, 2017 at 22:21

    Hello, After my trip do i need to fly out of the schegen zone from the country that gave me visa just like the way i came in or can i fly out from a different country? For example if Germany gives me visa can i fly out of Italy after my stay or i need to go back to Germany to fly out??

  • Chami June 20, 2017 at 00:30

    Hi guys can you pls tell me anyone for Austria visa how long it will take
    Travel date is 26th June 2017

  • Anonymous June 6, 2017 at 15:56

    I got a shengen visa to itali for month of August but my plans have changed and i need to travel in month of June, does anybody know if there is a way i can do it, shall i go to embassy directly? As i think that VFS will reject any visa application because i already have a valid visa which starts in August. Thank you for assistance in advance

  • Abdul Wahab May 15, 2017 at 21:03

    Is your schgen visa rejected the same day you apply?

    • Anonymous June 20, 2017 at 08:33


  • Vivknox May 10, 2017 at 13:06

    Hi! Thank you for all the information pinayflyinghigh and all the comments on this blog post 🙂 I received my Schengen Visa for Germany today. 🙂

    • kaye May 30, 2017 at 14:34

      Hello Ma’am, Do you have email? Can I inquire you what are the process and did you apply on vfs?

  • Manjit singh May 9, 2017 at 09:39

    how much monthly salary if i have than i can apply Spain visit visa ?

  • Manjit singh May 9, 2017 at 09:17

    how much monthly salary if i have than i can apply visa ?

  • Nikki May 6, 2017 at 14:58

    Hello! Do we need to purchase train tickets already if we’re planning to go to Amsterdam? We are going to apply in French Embassy via VFS since we will be staying for 4 days in France and 3 days in Netherlands.
    Does the Embassy of France require the train tickets upon Schengen Visa Application?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Lj May 16, 2017 at 06:11

      Hi Nikki -yes it’s required.

  • Oreo May 6, 2017 at 12:13

    Can i apply schengen visa in manila even my uae residence visa is valid?

    • Lj May 16, 2017 at 06:14

      Hi oreo yes you can apply..but it’s very easy to apply in UAE rather in Manila..they still need a NOC letter from your employer .

  • Jude March 16, 2017 at 06:27

    Is it possible for to apply for Shenzhen visa in UAE using a Bank statement out of UAE? (From my home Country)

    • ali March 16, 2017 at 11:45

      no its not possible to apply it from out side country bank statement
      sorry you need to open a bank account in UAE, you try to open a bank account in Rak Bank if is your less salary

    • Charlotte June 6, 2017 at 10:34

      it is good you show a UAE bank statement… bec what they are looking is how do u support ur self here in UAE

  • usman ose February 28, 2017 at 08:58

    does anyone applied for Netherlands visa recently from dubai

  • ali February 28, 2017 at 08:49

    Hy all my friends recently applied for Netherlands Schengen visa got it or refuse it. also anyone advice to me my visa application were refused from italy embassy like 4 moths before is it ok that i m applied for Netherlands or just more wait then apply it kindly advice to me
    thanks thaks

  • Hassan February 13, 2017 at 18:50

    I am Pakistani National, Working in Qatar since 2014 , My Salary is 3000 Qatari Riyal, but i have around 13000 Qar ( 3750 $) in my account. I am planning to Apply for Schegen Visa in March.

    Can anyone tell me please, It will be beneficial if i will apply to Italy for Tourist Visa.

    • shabas May 22, 2017 at 16:53

      Hi Hasan,
      Did you apply visa for ITALY ? I am also working in Qatar and planning to apply as well.

  • L February 7, 2017 at 10:15

    I received “C” visa decision here in Qatar.. what it means?

    • Maria February 8, 2017 at 14:10

      Hello L,
      I’m recently move to Qatar 6 months ago.
      Need advise I was planning to apply Italy visa will be fly on June 2017 .
      Which month is better to apply and any advise what should I do ?
      Thank you

    • Mark March 18, 2017 at 13:31

      Type C means Short Stay!

      • ali March 19, 2017 at 05:14

        its means uniform visa to valid for all schengen countries

  • usman ose February 2, 2017 at 08:14

    all my dear friends i need bit advice from you that my visa application was refuse in November from italy Embassy. now please kindly advice to me when should i apply it for again for schengen visa. in march my one year compelte in uae as admin director and my salary is 9,500 aed. also i were visit thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. advice to me which embassy i were applied for and when……. thanks
    or does anyone have the same experience refuse from one embassy and then to apply other and get the visa. kindly please advice to me thanks

    • Charlotte June 6, 2017 at 11:04

      i know it is to late to respond in you message but ill answer it just incase people will ask the sane question. Once the embassy call you, you have to be competent in answering them, it means they are giving you a chance to defend ur self before they reject your visa. in my situation, they suppose to rejecny visa even i completed all my requirements. its because i have one problem with my residency. they told me that they can not provide me a visa because of that. but i answer them honest answer. and after that i ask if i have to do something to prove my intentions in going Europe, but tgey told me that they will just explain my reason in going there and if they need me to submit another requirements, they will inform me. after that i get nervous but i feel something good. it is because they let me explain my purpose. while waiting, it is unexpected that I received ny passport. at first i thought theres no attached visa because i cant find it. but Poof! THEY APPROVED MY VISA AND ATTACHED IT IN THE LAST PAGE.. just Pray and believe. JUST BE HONEST GUYS THATS ALL.

  • khan zubair January 22, 2017 at 19:34

    Hello. I m applying a employment visa in uae. And my visa is approved .but I didn’t received a copy of visa .but my visa status is approved .and I ll book a ticket .and tomorrow is my flight .but I didn’t received it. So can I travelled only wid ticket..plzz give me the answer

  • Anonymous January 22, 2017 at 13:50

    anyone first time refuse the visa application and then reapply it and got the visa
    my visa application was refuse more then 3 months please advice to me apply it
    or not again

  • Anonymous January 22, 2017 at 13:46

    i need the info regarding about if anyone have refuse from italy embassy and then apply it any other embassy got the visa.
    after how many months wait and then apply it, please kindly advice to me
    i m thinking to reapply after 3 months but please advice to me thanks

  • Juvy Callejas Ibuyat January 22, 2017 at 13:42


    Can I apply for a schengen visa 5 months before my travel? The conference in Poland is on August but I’m planning to apply on March. Poland visa should be applied in the embassy right? or VFS Dubai?

  • Judy January 22, 2017 at 13:39


    I just want to ask if I can apply for a schengen visa 5 months before my travel? I’m planning to apply by the end of March but the conference in Poland is on August. I really want to apply on March because I”m planning to apply for US visa after getting a schengen visa which will be quite a strong reference for my US visa application.

    • Lj May 16, 2017 at 06:15

      Hi can apply only 3 months before your travel to schengen state.

  • mushtaq ahmed January 18, 2017 at 10:35

    I am going to apply for Italia visa,schengen visa,somebody let me know the expiry of my NOC from the employer,when I have to take,and how long it will be valid.
    Is my application is still under process during the expiry of my NOC?shell I need new NOC if they called me at the time of interview.If NOC expire

  • Pranjal rai January 15, 2017 at 12:02

    Hi.. i am travelling with me wife to italy in march n then have to go to Germany in May for work. Can anybody please let me know how can i apply for visa. Do i have to apply it twice?
    Thank you.

  • Jose January 1, 2017 at 08:47

    Without cancel my Qatar visa may I go other gulf countries from India

  • Rahul December 19, 2016 at 06:02

    Hi..I got my Schengen visa from Germany (through VFS) within 2 working days. I am travelling alone and had applied for the first time.
    Let me know if you guys have any queries.

    • Anonymous December 26, 2016 at 22:28

      hey rahul can i get your e mail please, as am applying for schengen visa in janauary and i have few questions to ask if your ok with it please.

      • Rahul December 29, 2016 at 18:08

        You can ask the questions here.

        • Christina Buenditso January 3, 2017 at 12:58

          hi rahul, may i know if you have any travel hostory and how long youre staying in Dubai?

          • Usman munir January 5, 2017 at 02:36

            Dear I need info too, I have immigration History travle to Thainland, Singapore, Malaysia, and now I’m got the South Korea visa, please kindly advice to me which embssay I will submit my visit visa application. I’m here in Dubia more 11 months. I were applied for Italy Embsaay they refuse my visit visa application. In November should I wait few more months then apply it any other Embsaay

          • Rahul January 5, 2017 at 12:50

            Hi Christina,

            I have traveled to countries in Asia and Africa. However, I have not been to Europe. I have been living in Dubai for 2 years.

          • Charlotte June 6, 2017 at 10:43

            you dont need to have any travel history to get a visa. but all you need to do is complete the requirements needed. one important thing if you think all ur purpose only is to have a tour there’s no problem about that application. unless you have any plans. just be careful because they have a lot of resources to find if your telling the truth. me i applied for a schengen visa to see ny grand parents in Germany, and they send me an invitation letter with obligation letter. if you dont have anyone knows in the country youll go you just gave to show that you can support your self while you are there and you dont have any illegal intentions. And if they reject your visa. after submitting all your requirements, theres still a chance. you just have to attach a personal letter of your personal purpose of travel to ur application you will going to submit. and the most Powerful— Pray and Trust God.

        • Bilal January 13, 2017 at 15:54

          Hi Rahul can u tel me which is the easiest schengen country to get visa from

    • Christina Buenditso January 8, 2017 at 07:03

      Hi Rahul,

      Did you travel to diffrent countries before you appliead Schengen Visa?

      • Rahul January 9, 2017 at 10:01

        Hi Christina,

        I have traveled to countries in Asia and Africa before.

        • Nikki May 17, 2017 at 10:45

          Hi Rahul, what day did you submit your application?
          I am wondering how many days will it take if I submit it on Thursday.

    • Anonymous May 13, 2017 at 08:56

      Hi sir i applyed for italy through cgks thursday 11 may i submit my docu when my visa ll come

  • Chris December 15, 2016 at 16:55

    Hi I’m Christian from Philippines, i would like to ask, if I still
    have a car loan in a bank, and I apply for belgian visa or schengen visa would they deny my visa application?

    • usman December 16, 2016 at 06:11

      no its not any issue if you have car loan with the bank
      if you cover your trip its not a big issue at all…….

  • Angela December 12, 2016 at 12:13

    Hi. I applied my German Visa in VFS Wafi Mall last November 29, 2016. I have all the documents needed including the travel insurance worth 275 AED good for 15 days. I also had a few trips before in south east asia and China in particular and have always come back by the end of my travel. It is sad that my application was refused when it was just 5 days and my salary was at a basic AED 5,000 which is pretty much sustainable already. I’ve had the hotel booking reserved and flights as well. The reason for the refusal was this “Their intention to leave the territory of the Member States prior to expiry of the visa could not be ascertained.” and “not furnished proof of sufficient means of covering the length of stay for the duration of the intended stay.”. I have read in your application that you were just at 6 months when you applied and in my case, I am here for a year already and I have provided bank statements more than 6 months til the the latest. I am confused why it was refused. What can you advice me? should I just go for an agency and pay a package tour there? Thanks a lot.

    • usman December 13, 2016 at 06:21

      whats is your nationality ? its depend on that dear
      and how much is your bank statements was?
      whats your visa status on that…….
      when was your last trip ?

    • Christina Buenditso January 8, 2017 at 07:05

      how much is your closing balance? and is your Visa is near Expiry?

    • stanley February 19, 2017 at 08:16

      Hi Ms. Angela, Did you try to apply for another visa? Have you been to europe before? Thanks!

    • Charlotte June 6, 2017 at 10:54

      yes, i think it is better to find a packages tour. even do you have a history tour. they dont base in there. what they are searching is how will you spend 15 days staying there without any tourist guide, while in fact you never been there. so how will go for a tour alone. anyway you can still reapply it if you want.

  • usman December 5, 2016 at 12:49

    its sad news all my dear they refuse my visa application they make a right decision ,they refuse my application on the base on my telephone interview. when you submit your visa application keep note my answer and question in last post
    but never mind, they refuse it on that the information justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not provide.
    i m agree with them they make a right decision.

    • Anonymous December 12, 2016 at 08:37

      If you say that means you was think you will not come back!!

      • usman December 13, 2016 at 05:56

        dear they give me that refusal with reason that the information justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not provide.
        they not said that i will not come back…….. like they said about you……..
        how much was your bank account statements ?

  • usman November 30, 2016 at 06:56

    ANYONE RECENTLY APPLY VISIT VISA in italy embassy and get late reply from them.
    please leave the message here thanks
    i were submit my visa application on 13th of this month but not get any answer from them yet… anyone on same page like apply it and not get any answer my others friend apply it on 17 and then get their visa on 27 but with my application not yet kindly advice whats should i do it now
    if not have good answer what should i do it apply it any other embassy or wait few more months then apply it
    kindly reply here its help others

    • Anonymous December 4, 2016 at 11:43

      Hi usman

      Any update ?

      • usman December 5, 2016 at 04:35

        Dear Still waiting ……..
        i hope that not in this week but in next week i will get the answer 4 weeks will complete it end of this week.
        after 4 weeks i hope that i wil get the answer

        • usman December 5, 2016 at 04:36

          dear whats about you
          did you applied or not yet

  • usman November 21, 2016 at 13:02

    Dear my friends anyone got schengen visit visa from Czech Republic Embassy recently, kindly share your experience here thanks a lot
    one of my friend going to apply it he need the info does anyone have the experience about that please write here and waiting for the comments please

    • Anonymous December 8, 2016 at 12:34

      did your friend get the visa?

  • usman November 20, 2016 at 05:31

    dear my friends
    if i were refuse my schengen visa application to italy, i will apply it any other embassy after one week or wait more 3 months
    please advice to me at this my visa application in italy embassy. i hope that i will get the answer in this week if its refuse then what i should do it
    please advice to me apply it any other embassy sooner or wait few months then apply it
    thanks kindly give me the reply

    • ray November 24, 2016 at 19:50

      Hi usman,

      any update ?

      • Anonymous November 25, 2016 at 07:00

        Still waiting

      • usman November 25, 2016 at 09:55

        hy RAY,
        Not yet still waiting for them………..
        hope for the best thanks
        whats about you……
        send me an e mail
        usman _ jat_1 at yahoo do com thanks

      • usman November 30, 2016 at 09:04


    • Anonymous November 27, 2016 at 08:47

      Any update usman

      • usman November 28, 2016 at 05:19

        still waiting for that dear

  • usman November 18, 2016 at 10:06

    i want to share with whats happened with my visa applcation so far i were submit my visit visa for schengen itlay, i were submit my applcation on 13-11-2016 and next day i got the phone call from embassy they ask me few question. i do not know whats happened with me i m not give the answer in good way at all . i were prepare my applcation myself but i dont know whats happened. now i hope for the best. if i got refuse whats you advice to me apply for any other country or just wait few more months then apply it
    kindly advice to me thanks thanks

    • ray November 19, 2016 at 23:21

      u need to wait until you get the response

      • usman November 22, 2016 at 07:09

        thanks dear now i am waiting for there response nothing more i can do it…
        where you from and whats your plan ….
        means you are going to apply it or you got your visa…
        first time you are going to apply it or
        kindly give me the reply..
        how much you have the bank statemst and your montly salary
        when i were applied salary 9,500 and bank statemts 27k..
        how long for you are in uae

    • Anonymous November 20, 2016 at 17:59

      Hi usman any response ?

      • usman November 25, 2016 at 09:57

        dear still waiting for them…..
        and hope for the best………..

    • ray November 21, 2016 at 20:31

      Hi Usman

      when they contacted you what question they ask for ?

      • usman November 22, 2016 at 07:00

        thanks for your reply:
        dear i get the phone call next working day after submit my visa application at ckgs.
        they ask me normal question why you want to go italy, why you cchosse the italy, where about in italy you want to go, can you tell me few points in italy, i were note in my travel book but cant give the answer in right way what i think, i know and note the point of interest in all different city, before the applciation i get all the info about that but i cant explain to her at all, i know i know i know most the point of interset in italy you are married where is your wife, how many children do you have i t, do you have anyone in italy or in eu, how long for you are working with this company,she ask about my perviouse visit to thailand, malaysia, singapore, i were so much confuse that i told her bangkok not thailand. thats the question she ask me on the phone. i were not expecting that i will get the phone call next working day and even in moring around 11:00am. now i m track my visa applcation i can see that its in embsssay at 11:04 time

  • usman October 21, 2016 at 11:30

    anyone get the italy schengen visa recently from dubai
    i m going to submit my visa applaction next month
    working in uae 8 months with my salary 9,000.

  • umair October 21, 2016 at 08:32

    hello i have a uae servant resident visa and i want to apply my italy visa how many percent chance to get my visa?

  • Anonymous October 21, 2016 at 08:27

    Hello to everyone i want to apply my visit visa for italy visiting my friends and cousions so tell me i have my uae resident visa that have a servent visa so can i apply my visa how many chance to i get italy visit visa on uae servant visa?

  • usman October 2, 2016 at 08:32

    yes they want at lest 3 months valid UAE visa its proof that after the visit you will com back thats why they ask about thtat

  • Kartik September 27, 2016 at 15:25

    Hi Pinay,

    I have a query about the UAE residence permit rule you highlighted. I was told at VFS while submitting my business visa application to the Netherlands that my UAE permit needs to be valid for a minimum of 3 months AFTER my return from the Schengen region. Could you please shed more light on this?

    I’ve heard a lot of contradictory information over the past few days, with the visa team at my office and consular staff at the Dutch Embassy in Dubai confirming that nothing like this exists. Three months validity AT THE TIME of application just makes a lot more sense in my head right now.

    Would be great to hear your two cents on this.


    • Yves November 21, 2016 at 23:17

      Hi Kartik,

      2 friends of mine, 2 seperate occassions, were denied visa for this reason. Their residence permit will expire within 2 months and 29 days after their “supposed trip” from europe. The embassy enclosed a reason for denial being “residence permit less than 3 months. Hope this helps

  • usman September 6, 2016 at 12:40

    all my dear friends pleas keep updating your schenegen visa experience its will be helpful for others a lot . anyone recently got the schengen visa please update your comments here please, she is move to london but we will keep going on this blog and i m kindly request all dears whom applying for schengen visa. keep applying it and keep wrote your experience thanks a lot.

    .1 anyone recently apply for schengen visit visa and got it and refusal it
    .2 in which embassy apply it…
    .3 does anyone apply for Portugal schengen visa and got it or refusal it
    .4 please keep updaeting your experience

    best regards

    • madiej September 21, 2016 at 07:34

      any idea, if they need the bank statement with bank stamp and signature?

      • Anonymous September 21, 2016 at 17:03

        Yes they want stamp bank statements ….only bank stamp they accept it dear

  • usman September 3, 2016 at 08:57

    All dear brother and sister, i need little bit help from you, i m going to submit my Italy schengen visa application. but i m getting to difficult to write a cover letter or itinerary , please kindly help me out how i can write and what to wrote inside please if anyone have example letter please you can e mail to me.
    or anyone get the recently visa from italy embassy please kindly advice to me. my salary is 9,500 per month and in my bank account have it 25k. my mind want that i will apply for holland schengen visa then italy schengen visa. if anyone recently got the visa from Netherlands schengen visa please advice to me. my e mail address usman underscore jat underscore 1 at yah oo dat com
    i shall be so thankful to you
    usman munir

  • Anonymous August 13, 2016 at 11:42

    Dear send me e mail
    7 k means 7,000

  • Anonymous August 13, 2016 at 10:37

    Dear how much you have bank loan….does you
    Send me e mail
    Usman underscore jat underscore 1at

  • Anonymous August 13, 2016 at 10:22

    Dear don’t apply it it’s so diffcute to get a visa ..with that amount and you have loan also ….
    Does anyone get the visa that’s why you are going to apply It

  • Ahamed s August 13, 2016 at 09:06

    Hello good evening to all I have a query about bank statement which is showing my bank loan is that a problem to get a Netherlands tourist visa for 7 days and I have 7 thousand in my account is that enough to get single entry visa to Netherlands? Can any one reply me please and waiting for soon reply

    • usman August 14, 2016 at 08:33

      do you submit your visa application or yet please give me the reply
      usman underscore jat underscore 1 at yah oo dt com
      from their we will speaks more about it thanks its my advice to you wait and then apply it

  • Ahamed s August 11, 2016 at 15:31

    Dear Bro, can anyone reply me for my query, i have some question like i have a bank loan and i have only 7000 AED in my salary account and i like to apply for Netherlands visa, is that possible for me to apply from Dubai please can you reply me.

  • Simone August 8, 2016 at 10:55

    Hi. Is there anyone here experienced delay on the release of their Schengen visa application in Italian embassy in Abu Dhabi? We submitted our application on July 5, 2016 and our documents are still pending with the embassy. We are travelling on Sept 16, 2016 and we haven’t heard anything in our application yet. This is not the 1st time we’re applying for Schengen. I had 2 previous Schengen visa ( from Italy and Greece) which was released in less than 1 week when I applied. I wonder how it took a while this time. VFS global cannot give us any update on our application. Until now the status remains the same “Application has been forwarded to the Italy Embassy Abu Dhabi on 05/07/2016”. Tried to call the embassy but my calls are always dropped by the visa section. Any advise?

    • Jennerson August 29, 2016 at 20:16

      Hello there, I am on the same page as yours. I applied on 17/07/16 and still don’t have my visa ’till now. I supposed to go to Italy on 11/09/16.
      Did you get your visa?

      • Zainab September 10, 2016 at 23:00

        We submitted ours on the 24th of August and were planning to travel on the 15th of September. No update yet from ckgs (Italian visa). The last update was on the 25th saying it had been received by the embassy.

        Did you guys get yours yet?

        • usman September 15, 2016 at 08:57


          best regards

        • usman November 29, 2016 at 10:38


      • usman November 29, 2016 at 10:36


    • CU September 21, 2016 at 09:49

      You got your visa?

    • Mark September 22, 2016 at 11:12

      Hi Simone,

      Did you get your Visa?

    • usman November 29, 2016 at 10:39


    • usman November 30, 2016 at 05:36

      any news

  • shikha August 6, 2016 at 14:28

    Hi just wanted to quell a few misconceptions reg. Schengen visa. Evrybody around me discouraged me a great deal saying I wouldnt get the visa cz I was single, had a blank passport n hadnt travelled outside india since past 15 years. But guess what? Not only did the italian embassy issue me a multiple entry schengen visa, I got my visa stamped passport just after TWO days of submitting my documents at the vfs italy centre.n iv been over the moon since then. I guess the secret was honest n detailed paperwork n a thorough cover letter. My bank balance was pretty good n consistent and I alsonsubmitted my fixed deposit copies and a clear n precise NOC and therefore contrary to evryone’s expectations iv got my schengen visa n will be travelling to italy at the end of the month. So guys just be honest in your cover letters n submit proper documents !

    • usman August 7, 2016 at 21:00

      whats you were write in your cover letter
      please give the hinds
      its will be helpful for us and i m so happy for you wish you have the great trip and enjoy your holidays, all the best wishes for you and take care please.
      how much was your salary, please explain to whats you were wrote in your cover letter
      you write in that which places you will go and visit and other things regarding about your visit in Italy kindly
      explain to me thanks thnak

    • usman August 9, 2016 at 17:06

      hy, shikha dear, thats great news that you get your visa. if you dont mind please you can send me your cover letter and prepare my cover letter i dont have any ida how to make a cover letter whats to write in it kindly please send to me on my e mail. usman underscore jat underscore dight one (1) at yahoo dat com i shall be so thankful to you
      wish you have great flight and wish you have great time in italy enjoy your hoildays all the best wishes for you shikha
      please kindly

    • usman October 8, 2016 at 10:21

      dear please you can send to me the cover letter formate i would like to write my cover letter for visa please give me the formate i will write i dont know where from i can start it please thanks a lot
      waiting for your kind reply please

    • usman October 13, 2016 at 09:38


  • Asad Mehmood August 2, 2016 at 09:42


    I wan to apply for schengen visa,I have 20 thousand diram in my account but last four month my company paid me cash salary.i submit only one time my self.I want to know there will be no issue for schengen visa

    • tj December 28, 2017 at 04:53

      hi did anyone here applied italy visa 3 weeks before travel date?

  • Hamad July 30, 2016 at 05:16

    Very useful and informative blog, the blog have all that one wish to know about the whole visa procedure and requirements, great job, thumbs up… i am an accountant by profession, and planing to visit Hungry, Austria and Czech in my upcoming vacation in September, i have traveled before to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Turkey and recently Japan, do you think it will increase my chances of getting Schengen Visa???

  • Ahmed July 28, 2016 at 18:22

    Guys i applied for a schengen visa today in poland embassy Abu Dhabi . When she was receiving my docs she stamped my passport with a stamp thay contains the date i applied for visa and she had took my passport. What does it mean ? Do you think this mean my application will be rejected?

    • Hamad July 30, 2016 at 05:15

      Very useful and informative blog, the blog have all that one wish to know about the whole visa procedure and requirements, great job, thumbs up… i am an accountant by profession, and planing to visit Hungry, Austria and Czech in my upcoming vacation in September, i have traveled before to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Turkey and recently Japan, do you think it will increase my chances of getting Schengen Visa???

    • usman August 5, 2016 at 10:30

      its a receiving stamp on passport
      you did wrong to apply for poland visit visa
      really they are not giving visa
      but hope for the best
      all the best wish for you take care please and be happy keep prayer
      allah pak will help you dont worried

  • Usman munir July 28, 2016 at 18:55

    Mubarak ho
    I’m so happy for you
    I would like to know few more things from you that how long you have been in UAE and after to apply for visa
    How much is your monthly salary …
    Please advice to me
    I’m here in UAE more then 6 months and working in company as a admin director Salary is 9,500 per month
    Have bank statments 3k
    Please kindly advice to me

    • Wanderlust July 30, 2016 at 00:16

      Hi. I work in a hospital and salary is 8000 aed. Im 2 years here in UAE. When I applied for Italian Visa my money in the bank was around 4k only. Good thing they approved it. Just complete the documents needed, have a good itinerary and hotel ang plane bookings also. I booked my hotel in with frer cancellation.

      • greysz16 August 1, 2016 at 15:17

        Hello can i ask some tip from you wanderlust

      • Gelyn September 3, 2016 at 08:34

        Hi its ok to book hotel in or agoda?

      • Madlilly October 30, 2016 at 06:44

        Hi ,

        If you dont mind can i please know your nationality as that plays an important role if i am not msitaken.


        • usman October 30, 2016 at 15:48

          HY DEAR?

        • usman October 30, 2016 at 15:58

          REGARDS Y

  • Ahmed July 28, 2016 at 17:19

    Guys, i have applied for a polish visa today from Poland Embassy in Abu Dhabi , i have noticed that she stamped one of my passport pages with the date of Application submission date , does this mean my application will be rejected ?

    • usman July 30, 2016 at 12:54

      you can e mail i will tell you in more details
      Poland its bit difficult to get a visa from them.
      they took your interview

  • Wanderlust July 27, 2016 at 21:39

    Hi. Just wanted to share our experience. We applied for schengen visa in Italy on june 30. We provided all the documents needed. My bank statement that I presented was 4k only and my companion was around 7k only. We were very scared and worried because our money in our bank were very little. We waited for almost 1 month though the vfs told us that the waiting time for visa processing will be 2 weeks only. Honestly, we were worried because 2 weeks had passed by yet we havent received our passport back. We were losing hope. But thanks to God because he answered our prayer, we got our visa to Italy just today. We are going to Italy on September. So to anyone who wanted to apply for visa, just complete your documents and regarding the money in the bank, as long as you have a strong connection in UAE, im sure they will grant you a visa going to europe. And dont forget to PRAY.

    • usman July 29, 2016 at 09:04


      Mubarak ho
      I’m so happy for you
      I would like to know few more things from you that how long you have been in UAE and after to apply for visa
      How much is your monthly salary …
      Please advice to me
      I’m here in UAE more then 6 months and working in company as a admin director Salary is 9,500 per month
      Have bank statments 3k
      Please kindly advice to me

    • Ahamed s August 11, 2016 at 15:28

      salam alaikum Mr.Usman,
      dear Bro, i have some question like i have a bank loan and i have only 7k in my salary acount and i like to apply for neterlands visa, is that possible for me to apply from dubai please can you reply me.

    • Jen February 24, 2017 at 07:31

      Hi wanderlust! Did you need to provide a trade license when you applied for the Italian visa? Is it mandatory?

  • usman July 16, 2016 at 08:33

    Dear i need some information regarding about shahngen visa, I m working in Dubai as an admin Director and my salary is 9500 per month from FEB 2016. PLEASE kindly advice to me i should apply for schengen visit visa now or wait more few months then apply it, cos with this company i only 6 months working with this company.
    and more i got different countries visa like Malayala, Thailand, japan and Singaporean
    thanks thnaks

  • Khristine Cimafranca July 14, 2016 at 15:10

    Hi pinayhigh,

    Thank you for this informative blog. I would like to ask for help about applying schengen visa at Italy embassy. Me and my friends are planning to go to Rome this sept 24 for 3 days. In the application form, is it possible to apply for multiple entry even though we are just going to travel in Italy? Or it would be a high risk for refusal of the visa?
    Thank you,
    Hoping to hear from you soonest! x

    • usman July 16, 2016 at 08:39

      schengen visa its a multiple entry visa you can go again but the at airport they will ask you about few question, regarding about your hotel, you have the money and bla bla …. you do not need to to apply for schengen multiple visa, cos its a mutliple visa.
      thanks i hope that you get the answer of your question

      BEST Regards

  • shahazad July 12, 2016 at 16:14

    hello pinay ,
    Hope you will be fine.
    i have one question , please can you tell me , how much the required amount in the bank statement minimum , For Schengen visit visa for 7 days.
    your reply will be highly appreciated.

  • Ybur June 7, 2016 at 11:04

    I have multiple entry Schengen visa expiring in 2020, this was issued in Netherlands consulate. I used that visa when I travelled to Amsterdam last month. Coming December I want to travel directly to Paris, I can use my Schengen visa (issued in NL consulate), right? since I already used that on my first point of entry last May.
    Thanks for reply.

    • Princess October 11, 2016 at 08:01

      Hi its ok you can go to Paris on December since you already went to Netherlands last month as your first point of entry.

      • Anonymous November 9, 2016 at 06:37

        Thanks for your reply 🙂

    • airam November 6, 2016 at 17:46

      hi ybur , how r u able to get a multiple visa that expires in 2020? i want that too!

      • Anonymous November 9, 2016 at 06:39

        I applied for business visa because I usually travel to Netherlands for meetings and trainings, so the consulate gave me 5 years multiple entry 🙂

  • Hamad June 6, 2016 at 10:18

    Very useful and informative blog, the blog have all that one wish to know about the whole visa procedure and requirements, great job, thumbs up… i am an accountant by profession, and planing to visit Hungry, Austria and Czech in my upcoming vacation in September, i have traveled before to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Turkey and recently Japan, do you think it will increase my chances of getting Schengen Visa???

  • Juvy June 5, 2016 at 14:14

    Hi pinayhigh, I’ve been following your posts for a long time now and I just want to make sure that on my first time of application for Schengen visa, there is a big chance that I will be able to make it. My questions are the following..

    1. Based on hearsay and and online references you think Prague is an easy first point of entry with regards to fastest visa approval? as compare to greece?
    2. The ITI that I will make is Dubai- Prague-Denmark-Dubai but I’m planning to enter other countries in between without them knowing because they may ask for a higher bank money if it shows that I’ll travel to several more countries. Basically, I should apply for multiple entry visa right? also, for that IT I can avail of the 99usd DNATA insurance?
    3. For visa application, do I need a National ID card like Emirates ID card? because I haven’t got it yet because of visa renewal and I wanted to save time.

  • Eugenia Dominguez May 29, 2016 at 11:46

    Hi! I’d like to ask if it is possible for me to apply for a Schgen Visa in UAE if I am a resident of PI? I’m going to have my vacation in Dubai for 1 week and Im planning to travel to Greece from Dubai the next coming week.

  • mich May 29, 2016 at 09:56

    Hi Pinay,

    I got schengen visa approved through Belgium Embassy, however two weeks after approval my RP will be cancelled due to emergency resignation, will there be any problem if I still travel despite of my cancelled RP. Does embassy will be informed of the my cancelled working visa? Please enlighten me

    • Anonymous July 15, 2016 at 22:28

      you may got problmes that airport nothing more then that …….

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  • Bratzbren May 22, 2016 at 12:26


    I’m planning to have my vacation in Amsterdam this coming September, Is it easy to get a schengen visa there? as I want to go to Paris also after that.


  • laura May 21, 2016 at 22:40

    hi..good day!!i want to go on tour in EU for about 5-7 days. But im afraid because my salary is only 3500aed per the salary a big factor to consider to get an approval?

    • usman November 29, 2016 at 10:45

      HY LAURA

  • leah May 18, 2016 at 15:16

    Hi Pinay Flying High,

    I just came back from my Paris Trip for 5 days, i had my Multi Schengen Visa valid until July 2016. I want to know if I will travel to another schengen country, do I need to pass to France to get to another country or I can go straight where I want to go.

    Looking forward for your reply.

    Thank you.


    • Florence May 19, 2016 at 07:07

      Hi Leah,

      being a frequent traveler, I can tell you that you don’t need to pass France again to go to another country. You can go straight where you want to go since France was already your first point of entry using that visa. Enjoy! 🙂

  • Deepthi May 11, 2016 at 15:49

    Great article.
    I have a different situation. My husband is a student and I am working in Belgium (But I’m dependent on my husband). I want to get my parents here. Is it possible for me to sponser them?
    Tanks in advance!

  • Ron May 2, 2016 at 16:27

    “No such thing, I think it all depends on the documents you’re going to submit. I’ve applied to a lot of embassies and it’s been the same so far.”

    Most non-sensical statement ever! My friends who applied for Italy & France got it on the 3rd day. I applied for Greece and it has been 13 days and no visa. Germans, French & Itslians are efficient. Greeks are just plain lazy, al
    though they have one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

    • Florence May 19, 2016 at 07:10

      I travel a lot and I have to say I agree with Ron. I have applied for a Greece Schengen visa and they took 30days and I had to call them several times to follow-up and to express my urgency. whereas in other embassies like Italy, Portugal, Norway, etc. they took only 1-3 days!

      • Pinay Flying High May 19, 2016 at 07:55

        I just applied a Greek Schengen visa the other day and I’m on my way now to their to get my passport with visa. 2 days processing! Possibly the fastest ever. I am very surprised myself. 😉

  • Rahat April 28, 2016 at 09:02

    Hi Dear,

    I have applied for Schengen visa entering from Germany exact 7 days ago. Unfortunately on 7th night I had to cancel my first hotel booking as they were about to charge me AED 3000 according to their policy. So for that I had to cancel that hotel and book another one within the same dates with free to cancel policy. Now German consulate has my real flight tickets, real insurance and 2 real hotel booking out of 3. One I have changed already.

    Do you think that can lead to rejection? Even I have a good travel history including Schengen last year.

    VFS saying we can’t do anything about it.

    Kindly advice.

  • Fayaz April 27, 2016 at 22:18

    I have office clerk general designation I can apply for schengen visa?

  • Ermelinda Mananday April 20, 2016 at 21:01

    Hi if I’m in the UK and I want to go to Italy, do I need to get a schengen visa?

  • Teph March 17, 2016 at 18:51

    Great article! Please keep this updated every time you travel to europe. And please share some good itinerary in Greece, France and Italy.

    Also is Norway a separate visa?

  • jon February 9, 2016 at 05:10

    I work here in QATAR currently and I’d like to ask because i am planning to go to London for 10 days but my resident friend in London wanted us to go to Rome when I get there, how would I apply a schengen VISA here in Qatar? Would my hotel and flight ticket (schengen requirements) originates from London to Rome – because eventually it is really from London that we would take to Rome. Please help…Thanks alot!

    • Pinay Flying High February 9, 2016 at 06:58

      Yes, your flight ticket should originate from London since that’s your itinerary.
      Unfortunately, I have never experienced applying for a Schengen visa of other countries other than Greece from here in Qatar. My husband is Greek and I easily get a Schengen visa from Greece everytime I apply. You should search for the embassy of ITaly then to get valid and accurate information.

  • malik ehsan February 9, 2016 at 00:27

    Can i applay workperment visa for shahngen contries ?

  • Elizabeth January 3, 2016 at 18:22

    If I enter NL with schengen visa only for 14 days with my multiple 2 years visa, how long could I enter back the country again? Some says the difference between need to be 3 months. Is it possible if I enter back again less than 3 months?

    • Pinay Flying High January 3, 2016 at 18:38

      Not so sure of that, best advice is to check with the embassy directly. Visas are very tricky and a very sensitive issue. I wouldn’t rely on hearsays or blog posts – I would go to the embassy directly if I were you.

  • Atif Altaf October 13, 2015 at 07:10

    i applied for Germany business visa through VFS global on 4th Oct and i intend to Go on 26th i didn’t receive any information until now
    will the embassy call me for Interview as well? this is my first time to apply for Shenzhen visa and i am Pakistani Passport holder.

    • Mona July 21, 2016 at 07:21

      Hi. Did you receive your visa to do to Germany? i am from Pakistan too.

      • Anonymous August 17, 2016 at 09:23

        You try also?

  • Nadeem Butt October 9, 2015 at 10:37

    I just visited Brussels for an Exhibition from 28 Sep to 3 Oct 2015….after obtaining Schengen Visa (Business – C Class), Since it was my first time to apply for Schangen so i was surfing internet to get some useful tips to apply for Visa. By that time I also benefited by your website “” which helped me a lot to clear my ambiguities about preparation for the Visa. Before that I was contacting Travel Agents to make Bookings for Air Ticket / Hotels / Insurance for which they were charging me …but after reading the Advice in your website I learnt that I can do it on my own via net and i will have full control on my bookings. Just to let you know I am a Pakistani residing in Dubai, U.A.E. and I applied Schangen Visa through Belgium Embassy…

    I am trying to list down the steps I went through to obtain Business Visa, that may help for readers who are planning to apply…

    1- In August 2015, first week I called Belgium Embassy (Abu Dhabi) to get appointment, and they gave me Date 01 September, I was supposed to attend Exhibition on 29 Sep-02 Oct, So I thought still i will have sufficient time for embassy to process. Be noted they need 3 weeks to process the application (especially for First Time Appicants).

    2- I did booking on Qatar Airways, It was valid for 3 days only….but I didn’t buy Ticket as advised by Embassy (on their website)
    3- On “” I reserved a Hotel Room in Brussels, It was having “Free Cancellation” Policy, They took my Credit Card Details but didn’t charge (after getting visa, I cancelled that booking and did new booking of my own choice again), I also did Travel Insurance on Internet.
    4- For Business Visa, the most important document is “Company Letter” stating your employment status like tenure of the Job, Designation, Salary, Purpose of Visit and Company’s pledge to bear the Cost of Visit (Air Ticket, Lodging, Insurance etc…) plus the letter must mention the “Purpose of Visit”.
    5- On the Appointment Date Sep 1, 2015 I went to Belgium Embassy in Abu Dhabi, We were only 5 Applicants on that Day to apply for the Visa.
    6- I presented all the necessary documents (Air Ticket Reservation, Hotel Booking, Insurance, Co. Letter, Passport + Copies).
    7- The first and important question I was asked ‘What is your Purpose of Visit”, for which I replied as I am going to visit an Exhibition…I also explained how it’s relevant to our business.
    8- Visa Officer asked me to Pay Euro 60/= and they returned my Passport by Stamping their Embassy Stamp (remember Not Visa Stamp) and they asked me to wait till 10 Days until they call me after processing the Visa.
    9- I assume it was due to my First Time, otherwise they were keeping passports of the Applicants who were interviewed earlier in my presence, and they were told that they will get Visa in 4 Days, or 6 Days….but in my Case I was given my Passport back.
    10- Before interview, I thought it would be easy to get Visa because I was having everything necessary to apply but after interview when I got my Passport back It gave me very negative feeling…Anyway it was a start of my nerve test…the Real Story is ahead.
    11- After 10 Days without hearing anything from Embassy, I called and got the answer that “it is under process” and they will inform as it gets ready.
    12- On 20th Sep I sent an Email to remind them and also told them there is Eid Holidays from 23 Sep to 26 Sept, so there is no much time to prepare for the trip….but No answer of that Email.
    13- On 21 Sep. I again called and spoke a lady there who again replied same thing “It is under process”, when I told her that I am running out of Time for my Trip, she said she can’t do any thing…She said they need 21 Days minimum, I said its already 21 Days then she said they need 21 Business Days….I guess this was only to give me some reason otherwise they were not doing anything since I applied. She asked me to send an Email and I told here I have already sent Email on 20th Sept…However Conversation ended without any positive response from Embassy.
    14- On 22 Sep at 4.30 p.m. I received Call from Embassy that my Visa is ready and I can go to Embassy on next working day i.e, 27 Sep to get stamp on the Passport.
    15- On 27 Sep I visited Embassy and they stamped Visa for 20 days …Business Visa Type C,
    16- I had to purchase Emirates Airline’s expensive Ticket, did hotel booking and flew on 28 Sep for the Show, I returned on 3 October …

    So the conclusion one can draw from above that try to avoid Agents for bookings, It’s simple and you can do at your own. Embassy also knows you don’t have to buy anything until you get Visa so they don’t go in depth or details. Secondly you have to push the Embassy very gentle way without conflicting…I was pushing them but not fighting with them. I have to admit that they tested me till the last minute, because if I don’t get call from them on 22 Sep then it was impossible for me to join the Exhibition…

    I tried to give my experience in detail but hope it might help some people intending to apply for Business Visa.
    In the end, I forgot to mention they don’t require any Financial Proofs as Business Visa means Company will Sponsor. I was working as Sales it was not needed.

    Wishing all of you to get your Visa smoothly


  • Jk September 5, 2015 at 16:58

    Hello everyone
    I would like to know i have applied for schengen visa for me and family of 4 memebrs thru vfs dxb on 1 sep 2015, can anyone tell how long it will take to get it

  • Ray Vasri July 15, 2015 at 14:53

    Great Article. Thanks for the info. Does anyone know where I can find a blank Schengen Visa Application Form to fill out?

  • Juliet July 3, 2015 at 17:10

    i just want to asked what is the procedure and the travel insurance where i will apply. And how much the required amount in the bank.

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