Every applicant, including children and infants, must personally submit their Schengen visa application on their scheduled appointment date.
For non-EU citizens who are unsure if they require a Schengen visa to travel to the Schengen Area, please click on “Do I need a visa?“ to find out.
Minors are individuals under the age of 18 when submitting a Schengen visa application for purposes such as tourism, visiting family or friends, being a family member of an EEA/EU or Swiss national, or airport transit. Therefore, minors must provide the following additional documents:
- Child’s unabridged/full birth certificate displaying the names of both biological parents.
- Written consent (signed and dated) from both the mother and father listed on the child’s birth certificate.
- Copies of both parents’ passport bio page and signature page, if the signature is not on the bio page.
- In the case of divorce or the death of one parent, a court order confirming sole custody or the deceased parent’s certificate, respectively.
- If a guardian has been appointed by the parents, a guardianship letter along with copies of the guardian’s passport bio page and signature page, if the signature is not on the bio page.
It is important to note that due to European legislation regarding the protection of children/minors, minors who fail to provide all the required documents may not be granted a Schengen visa.
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 for purposes such as tourism (including minors), visiting family or friends, business, being a family member of an EEA/EU or Swiss national, or airport transit.
Applications for minors require the signature of both parents for various documents, including those exclusively available at the center. Therefore, it is essential for both parents to be present during the application submission.
The list of documents provided below is not exhaustive, and the Mission reserves the right to request additional information or documents if necessary.
Both the standard and supporting documentation must be recent, not 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. For a comprehensive list of required documents, please click here.
Before gathering the necessary documents mentioned below, applicants are strongly advised to review the requirements outlined in the Overview (available here) to ensure their eligibility for the chosen visa category.
STANDARD DOCUMENTATION FOR SCHENGEN VISA APPLICATION
Visa application form – Original
Cover letter (printout of PDF document).
Upon successful online payment of the applicable visa fee, an email confirming the registration of the visa application will be sent, including the cover letter as a PDF attachment.
We strive to provide a professional and efficient visa application process. Should you have any further inquiries or require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
To ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey to the Schengen Area, please take note of the following passport requirements:
- Original and Photocopy: Kindly provide both the original and a photocopy of your passport. This will facilitate the visa application process.
- Signed Passport: Your passport must be signed by you. Additionally, it should have at least two blank pages specifically designated for visa purposes.
- Validity: Your passport must be valid for a minimum of 90 days beyond the return date of your trip to the Schengen Area. Furthermore, it should have been issued within the last 10 years on the day you plan to leave the Schengen Area.
- Extended Passports: If you possess an extended passport, it may still be valid. However, please note that if it is older than 10 years, it will no longer be acceptable. In such cases, it is necessary to apply for a new passport before proceeding with your visa application.
- Photocopies of Previous Schengen Visas: If you have any previous Schengen visas endorsed in an old passport or issued within the last 3 years, please provide photocopies of these visas, if applicable.
UK Residence Permit (original and copy)
The UK Residence Permit, whether endorsed in the passport or issued as a Biometrics card, must be valid for at least one month beyond the return date of the trip to the Schengen Area. If you hold a UK biometric card, please provide copies of both sides.
Photograph (original and taken within the last six months)
For every minor, regardless of the visa category they are applying for, the following documents must also be provided as part of the Standard Documentation:
- Birth certificate
An unabridged birth certificate that displays the names of the biological parents is required. If the certificate is not in English or Norwegian, it must be translated by a certified translator in the UK.
- Consent letter from both parents
Written consent, signed and dated, from both biological parents is necessary for the minor to travel.
- Passports of both parents (original and photocopy)
Proof of sole custody is required in the case of a single parent. If the parents have divorced or one of the parents has passed away, this must be demonstrated through a court/residence order (original document to be presented) or a certificate (original document to be presented).
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION FOR SCHENGEN VISA APPLICATION
In the event that the minor is applying for all visa categories except EEA/EU and Swiss National Family Member, the following professional tone of voice can be used:
Proof of Current Occupation:
- Student Letter (Original): A recent (less than 1 month old), signed letter from a UK school/college/university is required. The letter should be addressed to the Mission and include the name and position of the signee. It should also confirm the applicant’s enrollment.
Proof of Funds (from 1 parent):
- Latest 3 months UK current account bank statements are necessary. These statements should show the applicant’s name, address, and an end balance dated within the last month on the visa application submission date. The balance should reflect a minimum amount of £50.00 per day of stay in the Schengen Area, in addition to outstanding accommodation and travel fees. Alternatively, online bank account printouts are also accepted.
- Traveler’s cheques covering the same amount as explained under a. are also acceptable.
Proof of Travel (airplane, train, boat, coach, (hired) car):
- Confirmed return travel tickets are required. These tickets should mention the applicant’s name and travel dates to and from the Schengen Area.
- If traveling by car, car registration, car insurance, and return travel tickets (ferry or Eurotunnel) are necessary. These tickets should 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 must be provided.
If traveling through more than one Schengen country, please provide a full and detailed travel itinerary, as well as travel tickets between each country.
If travel tickets have been paid through a travel agency, a receipt, invoice, or payment confirmation is also required.
Proof of Accommodation
- Confirmed accommodation reservation (hotel, hostel, camping, etc.) must include the applicant’s name, travel dates, and detailed address of the accommodation.
If the applicant’s name is not mentioned on the reservation, a joint travel confirmation letter is required. This letter must be signed and dated by the person whose name appears on the reservation. Additionally, a photocopy of that person’s passport/ID card, along with the passport signature page (if the signature is not on the passport’s bio page), must be provided.
In the case of a group reservation, a list containing the names of all group members will be necessary. Alternatively, the names of the group members can be mentioned on the travel ticket.
- If the accommodation is provided by family or friends in Norway, the applicant must submit a recent invitation letter from the host. This letter should be signed, dated, and not older than one month. It must confirm the travel period and the address of stay. Additionally, a copy of the host’s passport bio page and, if the host is a non-EU citizen, their permit of stay in Norway must be included.
In addition to the invitation letter, the applicant needs to provide either their last three months’ bank statements (as detailed in section 2.a) or a guarantee form. The guarantee form can be obtained by the host in Norway from the local Town Hall and must be stamped by the local police. The original form should be sent by the host to the applicant, who will then submit it along with the required documents for the visa application. The guarantee form must state the travel dates, which should match the travel tickets.
All-risk medical travel insurance: It is a crucial requirement for individuals planning to travel within the Schengen Area. It is essential that the insurance is valid throughout the entire territory of the Schengen Area and covers the entire duration of the intended stay. The minimum coverage for medical emergency and repatriation expenses should amount to 30,000 €.
In the case of a minor applying as an EEA/EU or Swiss national family member, certain documents need to be provided.
These include the original passport or ID card of the EEA/EU or Swiss national, which must be presented for verification.
Additionally, proof of the relationship between the minor and the EEA/EU or Swiss national, such as a birth certificate, must be submitted. If the birth certificate is not in English, a certified translation in the UK is required.
Furthermore, evidence of joint travel plans must be provided. This can be in the form of travel tickets for airplane, train, boat, coach, or hired car. The return travel tickets should clearly state the names of both the applicant and the EEA/EU or Swiss national family member, as well as the travel dates to and from the Schengen Area.
If the mode of transportation is a car, additional documents are necessary. These include the car registration and car insurance details. For travel by ferry or Eurotunnel, the return travel tickets should mention the car’s registration number and the driver’s driving license. If the applicant is not the driver, a cover letter from the driver confirming joint travel and travel dates must be provided.
In cases where travel tickets have been purchased through a travel agency, a receipt, invoice, or payment confirmation is also required.
Applicants are advised to submit their Schengen visa application up to six months prior to their intended travel date to the Schengen Area. To ensure a smooth process, we recommend applying at least four weeks before departure. Please allow for additional processing time if applying at our satellite center in Edinburgh.
The minimum processing time for a visa application is two weeks. Therefore, it is crucial for applicants to allocate sufficient time between their appointment date and travel date for the Mission to process their application. Please note that delays may occur, and we cannot guarantee the exact return date of the visa application.
To avoid any delays, it is of utmost importance that the visa application is complete, and all submitted documents meet the Mission’s requirements (please refer to the “Documents Required” section for different 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 processes a fixed number of visa applications daily.
Furthermore, applicants need to consider that closures and holidays of Mission (please refer to the “Public Holidays/Closures” section) may extend the processing time of visa applications.
We strive to provide a professional and efficient visa application process. By adhering to the guidelines and allowing ample time for processing, applicants can ensure a smooth and timely experience.
Therefore, we highly recommends that all applicants take the following steps to ensure a smooth and efficient visa application process:
- Promptly schedule an appointment as soon as travel plans are confirmed. This will help avoid any last-minute rush and ensure ample time for processing.
- Thoroughly review and double-check all visa application documentation to ensure it meets the specific requirements set forth by the Mission. This attention to detail will help prevent unnecessary delays or complications.
- Allow for sufficient processing time, taking into account any potential delays that may arise during the visa application process. By planning ahead and allowing for extra time, applicants can minimize any unforeseen setbacks.
For those submitting their visa application at our satellite centre in Edinburgh, it is important to note that an additional two days should be factored into the minimum processing time. This is due to the necessary dispatch of the application to London office, followed by forwarding it to the Mission in London the following day.
It is important to understand that the Mission reserves the right to request additional information or documents, as well as conduct interviews as part of the visa application process. These requests may cause delays, and it is the responsibility of the applicants to comply and provide the necessary information promptly.
By adhering to these recommendations and being proactive in the visa application process, applicants can ensure a smoother and more efficient experience. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in this matter.
To proceed with your visa application, kindly complete the enclosed sample form (available in PDF or Word format) in its entirety.
If you are uncertain about any information, please leave it blank. Once the form is completed, please submit it to us along with your passport, BRP card/UK residency documentation, and copies of any previous Schengen visas you may have obtained.
Please send the required documents via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon receipt of this information, we will arrange a consultation call to further discuss your application.
Alternatively, you may contact us at +442035001580 after submitting the documents.
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