How to Apply for a Schengen Visa from Pakistan

To enter these European countries, you’ll need a Schengen visa:

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Iceland, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovenia, and Slovakia.

The Schengen states refer to the group of 26 countries. As you can see, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Serbia, and other countries are not included.

You can visit any or all of these countries after obtaining a Schengen visa. With one visa, you may fly into Germany and then drive to Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic, for example.

So, why do you need a Schengen visa in the first place?

You will need to apply for a Schengen visa from Pakistan if you are traveling to any of the listed countries (Schengen nations) for the following reasons:

  • Tourism
  • business
  • Visiting friends and relatives
  • Short-term research
  • Medical
  • Visit by an official
  • Transit
  • Events of a cultural and sporting nature

There is one additional detail concerning the Schengen visa that you should be aware of. It can be printed as follows:

  • Visa with a single entry
  • Visa with two entries.
  • A visa with several entries

Schengen Visa Requirements from Pakistan

Let’s look at how to apply for a Schengen visa from Pakistan, as well as the prerequisites.
These criteria are quite similar to the requirements for many other nations’ national visas.

  • Your passport must be valid for at least three months after the date you wish to leave the Schengen countries and must have been issued within the past ten years.
  • ticket for a return flight
  • Accommodation proof
  • Amounts sufficient
  • Letter of invitation
  • Insurance for travel
  • Visa applications can be submitted online.
  • Fingerprints are required.
  • Documents must be sent to authorised visa application facilities.

However, depending on your purpose of stay, the following are some of the more particular or extensive criteria for a Schengen visa.

Visit/Tourism

The following papers (some of which have previously been discussed) would be necessary to be submitted:

  • Passport
  • Photo for a passport (1)
  • Timetable for travel
  • Tickets for the return flight
  • For the duration of your trip, you will need to get travel medical insurance. A minimum of €30,000 in coverage is required.
  • The most recent six-month bank statement
  • A copy of the CNI
  • NADRA issues a Nikah Nama/marriage registration certificate in English.
  • Employer’s letter of employment/permission for leave, etc.
  • English copies of property documents (if you own property)

Business

The following papers (some of which have previously been discussed) would be necessary to be submitted:

  • Passport
  • Photo for a passport (1)
  • Tickets for the return flight
  • For the duration of your trip, you will need to get travel medical insurance. A minimum of €30,000 in coverage is required.
  • The most recent six-month bank statement
  • A copy of the CNIC
  • An official letter of invitation from a firm in a Schengen country that you are travelling to for business.
  • If you are being sponsored by a firm in a Schengen country, the company must complete a sponsorship form.
  • a letter from a Pakistani firm (stating your purpose of visit, business activities in the Schengen state, etc.).
  • If you doing business with a firm in a Schengen country, documentary documentation (correspondence, etc.) of such a relationship is required.
  • You must present a business registration certificate if you own a business in Pakistan.
  • If you own property in Pakistan, you should get your documentation translated into English. If you are visiting a Schengen state for sports-related events, you must provide your CNIC number, national ranking, and names and positions of those accompanying you on the official letterhead of your sports federation (if any).

What NOT to Do When Submitting Documents?

All needed documentation must be submitted on clear, legible A4 paper. Documents that have been stapled, glued, or pinned are not allowed. If you have a document that isn’t in A4 format, you may provide a copy of it.

Original documents, such as birth certificates and/or Nikkah Nama, must be submitted in their original form along with an A4 copy.

When you enter a Schengen country, the border officer has the authority to ask you the following questions:

The reason for your visit:

  • How long do you plan to be in that country?
  • Whether you’ll be able to sustain yourself for the duration of your stay
  • A ticket to return

A Schengen visa is valid for a 90-day days to 180-day period. This clearly indicates that if you want to stay in any of the Schengen nations for longer than 90 days for any of the aforementioned reasons, you must apply for a national visa from that country, not a Schengen visa.

Where to Apply for a Schengen Visa?

As explained previously, there are 26 Schengen countries. So, how do you get a Schengen visa from which country’s embassy? The country where you’ll be spending the most of your time. This is also the country where you will spend the most time.

But what if you’ll be spending roughly the same amount of time in each country? In this scenario, you should apply for a Schengen visa at the embassy or consulate of the country where you will be landing first.

When to Apply: Dos and Don’ts?

There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but as a general rule, apply at least four weeks before your trip. Your application can also be submitted up to six months in advance. However, it is strongly advised that you should not purchase airline tickets until you have received a Schengen visa.

Schengen Visa Fee from Pakistan

At this current time, the applicable fees are as below:

Fee TypeApplicant Age
Visa fee – €80Adults
Visa fee – €0 (Zero)Child less than 6 years of age
Visa fee – €40Child 6 years but less than 12 years old
Visa application center (VFS Global) fee€30 (or equivalent of PKR paid in cash)

Visa Application Processing Time

Your application will be processed in around 15 working days (or longer – up to 45 calendar days). You will be notified after the embassy or consulate has received your application.
VFS Global will contact you by email or phone after your application has been processed. You may then pick up your passport at the center.

What Happens Next?

If your application is approved, a visa will be issued, and a sticker will be placed in your passport. If your visa application is turned down, you will get a written reason along with your passport. If you disagree with the ruling, you have the option of filing an appeal. You have three weeks from the day you get the decision to file an appeal.

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