- There are different types of Visa (for fiance, work, etc) but my main focus will only be on the 'Visa to visit a friend or a private person'. But the requirements I'll be listing below could also be enough if you're rather applying for a 'Visa for tourists'.
- I will basically be relaying my own experience; additional requirements might be asked from you if the Embassy deems it fit to do so.
When should I apply for a Schengen Visa?Applications can be made as early as three (3) months before the planned trip.
Where to apply for Schengen Visa?
Which Embassy will I have a better chance of getting a Schengen Visa?
How long does it take for a Schengen Visa to be released?
- French Embassy: 5 days
- German Embassy: 7 days
- Belgian and Dutch (Netherland) Embassy: 15 days
How do I apply for a Schengen Visa at the Belgian Embassy?
What are the requirements for a Schengen Visa in the Embassy of Belgium?GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:
- Valid passport with no less than 3 months validity from the date of intended travelNote: Provide photo copy of valid passport, a photocopy of former visas, if any, and photocopy of entry/exit stamps of countries you've previously visited.
- Two (2) duly completed and signed application forms with two recent 2 x 2 colored passport-size photos with WHITE backgroundNote: Taken with nothing covering the face, without sunglasses or contact lenses, or a head covering unless worn for religious or medical reasons. The subject should have their mouth closed (no grinning, frowning or raised eyebrows).
- Original Affidavit of Support called “Bijlage 3bis/Verbintenis Tot Tenlasteneming / Prise en charge/Annexe 3Bis”, legalized by the sponsor’s municipality in BelgiumNote: Make sure it is the original, so they should ship this document to you.
- Photocopy of the sponsor’s resident or Belgian ID card (front and back)
- Original copy of the Family Composition of the sponsor called “Composition de Ménage/Samenstelling Van Het Gezin” to be obtained from the sponsor’s municipality as well
- Recent proof of financial capacity of the sponsor
- For employees: Proof of employment and salary slips in the last three (3) months
- For private businessmen: An extract of the company from the Chamber of Commerce (business registration), bank statements of private bank and their company’s bank account in the last three (3) months.
- For more details, your sponsor can read it from here: click!
- Cover letter stating why you are going to Belgium and explanation/details of relationship with sponsor.
- Here is the cover letter I used: [ sample guide ]
- For employees: Proof of employment of the applicant such as an employment certificate stating position, years of service, monthly salary, and approved leave of absence (this will help justify that you will NOT overstay). Also provide 3 most recent pay slips and ITR (Income Tax Return) for the past year.
- For self-employed: A copy of Official Business Registration/ Business Permit, tax paying certificate, and bank statement of the company for the last 3 months
- For students: School enrollment certificate and approved leave of absence.
- For minors: Parental consent legalized by DFA 6 or a DSWD Travel Clearance
- For unemployed persons: It could work if you could show them a job offer, or if applicable, documents showing any of your real estate property here in the Philippines. For proof of financial credibility, you can provide copies of credit cards, bank certificates, or bank statements in the last three (3) months.
- Example: proof of confirmed hotel reservations for the whole travel period, including all other countries that you are going to visit
How much is the Schengen Visa processing fee?
What should I wear to the interview?
How will the interview be like?
- The purpose and length of my stay in BelgiumMy Answer: To visit my boyfriend's family and friends; I mentioned that my boyfriend has a business here in the Philippines and has been staying here for a while, so we will both be travelling at the same time and will go back at the same time. (Because of this, they also requested for addt'l documents like where is my boyfriend staying and what his business is—in a way, this also helped support that I will not overstay or be an illegal immigrant in Belgium).
- Relationship with the sponsorMy Answer: He is the father of my boyfriend.
- Details about the relationship with my boyfriendNote: Like how the two of us met, how long have we been dating, if he has been providing me allowance (my answer was NO since I said, I have a job), and if we were living in together (my answer was also NO since I have my own apartment as residence, and he has his own apartment too.)
- My financial status and my employment
- Where will I be staying and our planned itineraryMy Answer: I will be staying with my boyfriend's family's residence in Belgium, and we are planning to visit neighboring Schengen countries but for the most part, will be staying in Belgium. We don't have a planned itinerary as of this moment; we will decide that when I have my visa ready. (I also mentioned how we will also be watching concerts there; by mentioning that, they also asked for documents/tickets supporting that).
What happens once your Schengen Visa application is approved?
- Confirmed/booked roundtrip tickets
- Must have an e-ticket number (I believe this is a requirement since they would want to check it as well themselves online or something, I dunno).
- With a coverage of 30,000 Euros, should be valid to all schengen countries, and should be valid for the entire duration of stay
- The Embassy of Belgium only accepts the insurance policies of the following Philippine Insurance companies:
- ACE Secure
- Chartis Insurance (formerly known as Philam Insurance/AIU Insurance)
- Blue Cross
- BPI-MS Insurance Corporation
- Federal Phoenix Assurance Co
- Fortune General Ins. Corp.
- MAA Insurance Malayan Insurance
- Paramount Life and General Insurance Co.
- PNB General Insurers Standard Insurance Co.
- UCPB General Insurance Co. Inc.
- Worldwide Travel Insurance Plans
- Everest International Group Administrators