Why was your Schengen visa rejected last time?

Aug 28, 2020

Why was your visa rejected last time?

One of the most common reasons for Schengen visa denial is that the submitted documents are not considered enough to guarantee the applicant’s intention to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa.

As per the Handbook for the processing of visa applications and the modification of issued visas (Visa Code Handbook), “The assessment of the applicant’s intention to leave the territory of the Member State before the expiry of the visa depends mainly on the stability of his/her socio-economic situation in his/her country of residence: stability of the employment, of the financial situation, of the family ties”.

So, what are the examples of documents that can be submitted to prove the genuine intention to return to one’s home country after the expiry of the visa?

The visa handbook gives a list of documents as follows:

1) reservation of or return or round ticket. The visa handbook suggests that if it is not possible to provide a ticket reservation, the consulate should ascertain that the applicant has sufficient financial means to buy the tickets.

2) proof of financial means in the country of residence. These can be a recent bank statement showing minimum 3 months movement of financial means.

3) proof of employment Documents such as work contract, certificate of employment in the home country or information on professional status or bank statements, proof of social security contribution, etc. can prove that the applicant has valid reasons to return to his/her home country

4) proof of real estate property

5) proof of integration into country of residence: family ties (marriage certificate or any document regarding parents and/or children and their place of residence; evidence of professional status.

Applicants who are able to provide documented proof of their socio-economic stability in their country have higher chances of success of obtaining a Schengen visa.

Giuditta Petreni

Giuditta Petreni has over 10 years of experience in assisting companies and business investors with relocation of managers and staff to Italy. Giuditta has extensive experience advising corporate and private clients on a full range of Italian immigration categories. She is fluent in Italian and English.

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