Schengen Visa Experts in Chandigarh
Your Single Window for all Schengen Countries
Sunland Education and Immigration Consultants, Chandigarh sits proudly on top of the heap in the field of Education and Immigration. We own expertise in all kind visas to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, US. To remain leaders in this field it is important to keep challenging ourselves.
We have set ourselves the challenge of providing expert assistance to our clients who are looking for visas to all the Schengen Countries. This is another feather in our already crowded cap. At Sunland we will provide you all assistance that you need for all the Schengen Countries within the shortest possible time.
Schengen Area, signifies a zone where 26 European countries, abolished their internal borders, for the free and unrestricted movement of people, in harmony with common rules for controlling external borders and fighting criminality by strengthening the common judicial system and police cooperation.
Schengen Area covers most of the EU countries except Ireland and the countries that are soon to be part of: Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Cyprus. Although not members of the EU, countries like Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein are also part of the Schengen zone. The 26 Schengen countries are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
A Schengen visa is a short-stay visa that allows a person to travel to any members of the Schengen upto 90 days for tourism or business purposes. The Schengen visa is the most common visa for Europe. It enables its holder to enter, freely travel within, and leave the Schengen zone from any of the Schengen member countries. There are no border controls within the Schengen Zone. However, if you are planning to study, work, or live in one of the Schengen countries for more than 90 days, then you must apply for a national visa of that European country and not a Schengen Visa. Over 14 million people have used their Schengen visa in 2019 to travel around Europe.
The Uniform Schengen Visa (USV) is a permit given by one of the Schengen Area Member Countries to transit or reside in the desired territory for a certain period of time up to a maximum of 90 days and can be requested every six months the period for which starts from the date of entry to the Schengen area. In simpler terms every 180 days you can stay for 90 days in the Schengen area and the count of the 180 days starts from the day you enter the Schengen area.
Schengen Visas are based on the purpose of travel. When an applicant fills the Schengen Visa application form, he or she will also have to select a purpose why he or she is applying to enter the Schengen territory. Following are the standard purposes for travel, with an explanation on what each of them stands for:
Airport Transit – This purpose of entry is for people who need to travel through the international zone of a Schengen Country Airport without entering the Schengen Country. The Schengen states have made a very narrow list of countries the nationals of which need to be in possession of this visa. On the other hand, some of the member states have added other countries in their list.
Transit – This is very similar to the previously explained purpose of travel. Mostly foreign seafarers, who only need to stop for very short periods by the seaport of one of the member states, check this purpose of travel in their application form.
Tourism – This is one of the most popular purposes for traveling to the Schengen Zone. People who are planning to visit any of the countries in this territory for sightseeing and experiencing their culture, architecture, food and much more, should select this purpose of traveling in their application form.
Visiting Family or Friends – People who have family members or friends legally residing in the Schengen area, can apply for this visa, if they wish to visit them. There are some special requirements for this visa that the applicant must fulfill in order for the application to be successful, as i.e. a letter of invitation.
Business – A lot of people travel often to and from the Schengen countries for business purposes. The perks of applying for such a visa are many, as being able to get a quicker appointment during the peak season of visa applications when there is a high number of people applying.
Official Visit – You will have to tick “Official Visit” in your application form, if you are traveling to the Schengen Area on an official duty. You will have to check this visa purpose even if you are traveling together with a large delegation with identical travel dates and official purpose.
Medical Reasons – If you are traveling to any of the member states of the Schengen territory to seek medical treatment, you should select ‘medical reasons’ in your application form. This visa enables patients to get the medical care they need at any medical clinic or hospital for a period of three months within 180 days.
Study Purpose – Students who wish to pursue any type of study can apply for a Schengen study visa and should tick this visa purpose.
Cultural Sports and Film Crew – This is a visa established for people living outside of the Schengen area, wishing to travel to Europe for the purpose of attending a Cultural / Sports / Religious Event and for Film Crew. The applicant should be part of the event, as a performer at a concert, or a writer presenting their book at a book fair, and not an audience.
Other – If your purpose of entry to the Schengen Area does not match any of the purposes given above, you will have to tick the “Other” option in the application form. However, you will still need to specify the reason for the travel. You will have the chance to do so in a short simple sentence to attend a religious event or something similar, you can write “Religious Visit” or “Religious Purposes”.
This is an insight to the Schengen Visa and its basics. If you think that it is too complicated and confusing to handle, we, at Sunland Education and Immigration Consultants are just a call away and we will handle it all for you while you enjoy our hospitality and the expertise of our extremely professional staff. Rest assured of our expert advice, guidance and transparency and see your dream of getting a Schengen Visa become a reality and with so much ease.
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