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1 Phill Wilcox and Tanya Todman International Student Office Schengen VisasPhill Wilcox and Tanya TodmanInternational Student OfficeUniversity of Leeds
2 What this presentation will cover What is a Schengen VisaWho can applyHow and where to applyRequirementsSafety Advice
3 What is a Schengen Visa?Visitor visa issued to citizens of countries who are required to obtain a visa before entering Europe.Can be used to travel to any (or all) member countries using one single visa.Purpose of visit must be leisure, tourism or business.Able to travel freely throughout the Schengen are for a maximum 90 days in a 6 month period.Not allowed to live permanently or work in Europe.
4 Types of Schengen VisaShort stay visa – this is the visa most students will require to travel within the Schengen space as tourists or to attend conferencesAirport transitShort stay transit
5 Schengen Visa Countries The following 25 countries are Schengen visa members:Austria Hungary Poland Belgium Iceland PortugalCzech Republic Italy SlovakiaDenmark Latvia SloveniaEstonia Lithuania Spain Finland Luxembourg SwedenFrance Malta SwitzerlandGermany The NetherlandsGreece Norway
6 Who needs a Schengen Visa? Most non-European nationals will need a Schengen Visa to visit Europe.The following nationalities do not need a Schengen Visa, providing they will be visiting only for tourism and have valid medical insurance:Who needs a Schengen Visa?
7 Who doesn’t need a Schengen Visa? Albania Costa Rica Mauritius SingaporeAndorra Croatia Mexico South KoreaAntigua & Barbuda El Salvador Monaco TaiwanArgentina EU Nationals Montenegro USAustralia Guatemala New Zealand UruguayBahamas Honduras Nicaragua Vatican CityBarbados Hong Kong Panama VenezuelaBosnia & Herzegovina Israel ParaguayBrazil Japan St Kitts & NevisBrunei Macau San MarinoCanada Macedonia SerbiaChile Malaysia Seychelles
8 How do I apply?Complete the visa application form, which can be downloaded from the relevant Embassy website.Submit the application with the fee and supporting documents at the relevant Embassy.Most applications are made in person but this will depend on the Embassy you will apply to.Apply 4-6 weeks before planned travel date.https://www.axa-schengen.com/downloads/en_SCH_visa_form.pdf
9 Where do I apply?If visiting only one country in the Schengen space, you should apply to the embassy of that country.If visiting several of the 25 countries, you should apply to the embassy of whichever country is your 'main destination' - the country in which you plan to spend the most time during your trip.If visiting several countries in the Schengen space without having a main destination, you should submit an application to the embassy of the country where you will first enter the Schengen space.
10 What supporting documents will I need to provide? A completed application form.Original passport or official travel document.Recent photograph(s).Proof of purpose of the visit.You should check that your current UK student immigration permission will allow you to return to the UK after your trip.
11 Supporting documents…con’t Evidence of sufficient funds to complete the trip.Visa fee.Evidence of student status: You will have to show documentary evidence from your institution explaining that you are a full-time student.Medical insurance to cover the period: Most Schengen countries require proof of medical insurance which covers the entire trip.
12 Safety AdviceWhilst travelling in Europe can be great fun and give you an opportunity to experience new cultures and see historic sights. It is important to keep yourself and your possessions safe while travelling. The following guide will assist you:Before you travelDuring your stayIf your passport is lost or stolen
13 Before you travelKeep a copy of your passport and visa in the UK and on you. Also keep an electronic version by .Tell friends in the UK where you will be going and stayingTake out comprehensive travel insuranceTravel with few valuable possessionsPut contact details inside your luggage
14 During your stay Stay with friends Never leave bags unattended Keep your passport in a safe at the hotelIf you are carrying your passport, keep it on you at all timesBeware of pickpockets
15 What to do if your passport is stolen Report the loss or theft of your passport to the police as soon as possible and ask them for a reference number.Apply for a replacement passport at the nearest embassy for your countryOnce you have your replacement passport, take it to the nearest UK embassy and apply for a Tier 4 visa. The fee for this application will be £298 from 6th April 2013.Do not attempt to travel until you have your new passport and new visa.
16 What to do if your Biometric Residence Permit is stolen Report the loss or theft of your BRP to the police as soon as possible and ask them for a reference numberNotify the UK Border Agency by calling (+44)Apply for a Single Entry Visa at the nearest UK embassy stating that your BRP has been lost or stolen. You do not need to do the self assessment section of VAF9.Do not book flights or attempt to travel until you have received a decision on your application.When you are back in the UK, apply for a replacement BRP.