All applicants for a Schengen visa, including children and infants, must do so in person and by appointment only on the date of their appointment.
Please click Do I need a visa? if you are a non-EU person who is unsure whether you need a Schengen visa to enter the Schengen Area to ascertain.
Applicants who plan to visit Austria solely for touristic activities, such as leisure, recreation, or sightseeing, and who will be responsible for arranging their own lodging (hotel, hostel, B&B, camping, etc.), must proceed as tourists.
To be eligible to submit a Schengen visa application, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Possess a valid passport or travel document.
- Hold a valid UK residence permit. If the applicant holds a short-stay visa for the UK (C type visa), they must apply for a Schengen visa from their country of residence.
- Apply for a short-stay visa, which includes categories such as Tourist (including Minors), Visitor Family/Friends, Business, EEA/EU and Swiss national family member, or Airport Transit.
The following list of documents is not exhaustive, and the Mission may request additional information or documents from the applicant if necessary.
Both the standard and supporting documentation must be recent, no older than one month, and must be provided for every Schengen visa application.
Applicants are required to bring and present their original documents, but only need to submit photocopies unless otherwise specified.
Before gathering the necessary documents listed below, applicants are strongly advised to review the requirements outlined in the Overview section (accessible here) to ensure eligibility for the chosen visa category.
For applicants under the age of 18, please refer to the information provided here.
STANDARD DOCUMENTATION FOR SCHENGEN VISA APPLICATION
Please ensure that you have the following documents ready for your visa application:
- . Original visa application form (please refer to the link provided).
- Original passport: Your passport must be signed and have at least 2 blank pages specifically for visa purposes. It should also be valid for a minimum of 90 days beyond the return date of your trip to the Schengen Area. Additionally, the passport must have been issued within the last 10 years on the day you plan to leave the Schengen Area.
- Photocopies of any previous Schengen visas issued within the last 3 years, if applicable.
- UK Residence permit: This permit should be either endorsed in your passport or issued as a Biometrics card. It must be valid for at least 30 days beyond the return date of your trip to the Schengen Area. Please note that a C type visitor visa (details can be found in the provided link) will not be accepted.
- Original photograph: Please refer to the link provided for specifications on the photograph.
It is important to note that if your passport has been extended, it may still be valid. However, if it is older than 10 years, it will no longer be acceptable for your visa application. In such cases, you will need to apply for a new passport before proceeding with your visa application.
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION FOR SCHENGEN VISA APPLICATION
Proof of Current Occupation
To support your visa application, it is essential to provide proof of your current occupation. The required documents vary depending on your employment status. Please ensure that all letters are recent, signed, and on official letterhead. Additionally, any documents not in English or Portuguese must be translated by a certified translator in the UK.
For employed individuals: Please include an employer letter. This letter should be addressed to the Mission and include the name, position, and signature of the signee. It should confirm your employment with the company. Alongside the letter, include the original and photocopies of your last three pay slips.
Students must provide a recent letter from their UK university, college, or school. This letter should be addressed to the Mission and confirm your enrollment.
Self-employed individuals should submit a recent letter on official letterhead. This letter should be addressed to the Mission and confirm your self-employment. Depending on your situation, you can obtain this letter from your accountant, solicitor, bank manager, Companies House, or tax authorities.
If you are unemployed or retired, please provide a recent original letter obtained from your local Jobcentre or Pension Service. If you are not receiving benefits, include a cover letter explaining your financial situation.
For married couples, if your spouse or registered partner is sponsoring your application, you must provide the following documents: the original and a copy of your marriage certificate (if issued outside the EU and not in English or Portuguese, it must be translated by a certified translator in the UK), the original and a copy of your spouse or registered partner’s passport, proof of their occupation, proof of their funds, and a signed and dated cover letter from them confirming their sponsorship.
Proof of Funds:
To demonstrate financial capability, the applicant must provide the latest three months’ UK current account bank statements. These statements should clearly display the applicant’s name, address, and a positive end balance. The statements must be dated within one week of the visa application submission date. The bank balance should reflect a sufficient amount to cover expenses during the intended stay in the Schengen Area, as well as for the return to the UK or the country of origin/residence. Alternatively, online bank account printouts are also acceptable.
Proof of Travel:
For all modes of transportation (airplane, train, boat, coach, or hired car), confirmed return travel tickets are required. These tickets must mention the applicant’s name and travel dates. In the case of car travel, additional documents such as car registration, car insurance, and return travel tickets (ferry or Eurotunnel) must be provided. These documents should also mention the car’s registration number and the driver’s driving license. If the applicant is not the driver, a signed and dated cover letter from the driver confirming joint travel with the applicant and travel dates is necessary. If travel tickets have been paid through a travel agency, a receipt, invoice, or payment confirmation is also required.
Proof of Accommodation:
Confirmed accommodation bookings (hotel, hostel, camping, etc.) must be provided. These bookings should mention the applicant’s name, travel dates, and accommodation address details. If the applicant’s name is not mentioned on the accommodation reservation, a joint travel confirmation letter signed and dated by the person whose name is on the reservation must be provided. Additionally, a photocopy of that person’s passport/ID card and passport signature page (if the signature is not on the passport’s bio page) should be included.
In the case of group reservations, a list of the group members’ names or mentioning the group members’ names on the travel ticket will be required.
Travel insurance, including all-risk medical coverage.
To ensure compliance with the regulations of the Schengen Area, the travel insurance must clearly display the applicant’s name. Additionally, it must be valid throughout the entire territory of the Schengen Area and cover the entire duration of the applicant’s intended stay. The minimum coverage for medical emergencies and repatriation should amount to 30,000 €.
Furthermore, it is imperative that all travel medical insurance policies also provide coverage for pandemic illnesses such as SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19.
By adhering to these guidelines, travelers can safeguard themselves against unforeseen circumstances and enjoy their journey with peace of mind.
To apply for an Austria visa, applicants are required to complete an online visa application form known as the Visa Application Form (VAF). It is important to note that the application form cannot be filled out by hand.
To begin the application process, each applicant must duly complete and print the online Schengen visa application form by following these steps:
- Click on the Schengen Visa Application form link provided in PDF format.
2. Fill out the online visa application form accurately, ensuring that the information matches the details on your passport.
3. Go to the Menu bar and select “File.”
4. Choose the “Print” option and confirm the printing process.
Once the online Schengen visa application form has been printed, the applicant must proceed with the remaining steps:
- Sign the completed visa application form in the designated places, specifically the first signature at number 37 and the second signature right below the disclaimer at the end of the VAF.
2. On the day of your appointment, bring the signed visa application form along with the necessary supporting documents.
It is important to emphasize that hand-filled applications will no longer be accepted at the visa application center.
Applicants are advised to submit their Schengen visa application up to 6 months prior to their intended travel date to the Schengen Area.
The minimum processing time for a visa application is 2- 3 weeks. Therefore, it is crucial for applicants to allow sufficient time between their appointment date and travel date for the Mission to process their visa application. Please note that delays may occur, and we cannot guarantee the return date of the visa application.
For certain nationalities (please refer to the list provided), the visa application requires consultation from other Schengen countries, which may extend the minimum processing time to 3 weeks.
To avoid any delays in the visa application process, it is of utmost importance that the application is complete, and all submitted documents meet the requirements of the Mission. Please refer to the “Documents Required” section for the specific visa categories.
Applicants should also be aware that during peak seasons such as Easter, Summer holidays (July and August), and Christmas, appointment slots are quickly filled as the Mission can only process a limited number of visa applications per day. Additionally, please consider that the Mission closures and holidays may further extend the processing time.
Therefore, it is strongly recommended the following to all applicants:
- Book your appointment as soon as your travel plans are confirmed.
2. Ensure that your visa application documentation meets the requirements of the Mission.
3. Allow sufficient processing time for the Mission.
For applicants submitting their visa application in our satellite centers in Manchester or Edinburgh, please add an additional 2-3 working days to the minimum processing time. This is because the application will first be dispatched to the London office, and then forwarded to the Mission in London the following day.
Please note that the Mission may request additional information/documents or invite applicants for an interview at any time.
In order to begin your visa application process, we respectfully request that you complete the enclosed sample form (available in either PDF or Word format) in its entirety. If at any point you are unsure about any of the information required, please leave it blank. Once the form is complete, please submit it to us, along with a copy of your passport and BRP card/UK residency documentation, as well as any past Schengen visas that you may have previously obtained.
Please send the required documents via email to email@example.com.
Upon receipt of these documents, we will arrange a free consultation call to further discuss your application and take the necessary next steps. For any additional inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at +442035001580.
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