Schengen Visa Application Process From Pakistan

To get a Schengen visa from Pakistan, you must need to know a complete application process. We cover every thing in this article you need to know about Schengen visa from required documents to how to apply from Pakistan.

Schengen Visa Guide

One of the most popular visa for Europe known as Schengen visa, is a short type of visa to travel to any Schengen Area. Before applying for Schengen visa, a person should be well aware of types of Schengen visa. It will help a person to choose a right visa type accordingly. Schengen visa offers several types for Pakistani travelers and these are as follow:

Schengen visa types for Pakistanis

  • Tourist Visa
  • Business Visa
  • Student Visa
  • Medical Visa
  • Transit Visa
  • Family Reunion Visa
  • Work Visa
  • Cultural/Sports/Conference Visa
  • Official Visit Visa
  • Visa for Spouse of EU/EEA National
  • Visa for Children of EU/EEA National
  • Visa for Family Members of EU/EEA National
  • Visa for Artists, Musicians, and Performers
  • Visa for Journalists
  • Visa for Humanitarian Reasons

Validity of Schengen Visa

Schengen visa validity is 90 days within 180 days period. Moreover, there are 3 types of entry for the Schengen visa.

Single entry Schengen visa

Double entry Schengen visa

Multiple entry Schengen visa

  • Single entry allows a person for a one time entry in Schengen area. A person cannot use it upon departure
  • Double entry visa allows a person to enter Schengen area twice. You can enter the Schengen area within allowed duration then leave and again you are allowed to enter.
  • Multiple entry visa allows a person to enter and exit multiple times within the allowed duration.

How to Apply

A Pakistani citizen or a Third-World nationals living in Pakistan under a temporary or permanent resident can apply for Schengen visa. The application process starts once you had decided which type of visa is suitable for your travel purpose and which country you are going to visit. After that there are following steps that are require to complete the application procedure.

Every Schengen country has its own rules and regulations to applying for its visa. You need to carefully examine the visa requirements, processing times, and any additional paperwork needed for your particular purpose of stay in the destination country.

Booking Appointment

For application process firstly you have to book a appointment for the embassy/consulate/visa center of the country. Usually these appointments are booked through online platform that is provided by the Schengen country. Without appointment you are not allowed for submission of your documents. It is suggested that you should book your appointment 4-6 weeks in advance.

Prepare your Documents

After booking your appointment in the mean time you should prepare your required documents. Most of the Schengen countries requires same documents for visa application However, there are some countries that may ask for specific documents according to their laws. So its better to research about the country to which you are applying for.

  • A application form that you can download from the website of country’s embassy in Pakistan. Download the form and fill it accordingly.
  • Original Pakistani passport along with copy. You passport should contain two blank pages as well as three months of validity from the date of leaving your Schengen area.
  • identity photographs not older than six months.
  • Civil status Certificate( Marriage certificate, birth certificate, or family registration certificate).
  • A proof of accommodation like hotel booking or a stay with family or friend.
  • A booked flight reservation from Pakistan to Schengen area and back as well.
  • Travel health insurance.
  • Receipt of paid visa fee.
  • Bank account statement.
  • A cover letter that describes your purpose of travel as well as other details like stay duration and etc.

Appearing in the Interview

Once you pay your visa fee and submit your documents you have to appear for the interview. the interview is held to determine your intentions of visit. They may ask you questions related to your visit like purpose of your trip, and duration of stay.

Once your application is submitted and you are done with interview wait until your application is being processed. You will be notified about your visa application once the decision is being made.

Where to Apply

When you are planning to get your Schengen visa the first question that may hit your brain is where should I apply for visa? In Pakistan there are several Embassies and Consulates for each Schengen country that helps in submitting application for Schengen Visa.

Embassies and Consulates in Islamabad

Austria:

  • House 7A, 21st Street, F 8/2, P.O. Box 1018 G.P.O., Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Islamabad-ob@bmeia.gv.at
  • +92 52 877 07 00

Embassy of Belgium:

  • House 14, Street 17, F7/2 Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Islamabad.visa@diplobel.fed.be, Islamabad@diplobel.fed.be

Czech Republic:

  • House # 49, Street # 27, Sector F-6/2, P.O Box # 1335, Islamabad
  • Islamabad@embassy.mzv.cz
  • +92 51 2276849

Embassy of Denmark

  • House no 16, Street 21, F-6/2, P/O number 1118, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • +92 51 2099800
  • isbmb@um.dk

Estonia

  • 22-B, F-7/1, Main Nazim-Uddin Road, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • +92 5126 11916
  • symakhar@gmail.com

Embassy of Finland

  • House # 24, Street # 89, Sector G-6/3, P/O Box # 1862, 44000
  • sanomatisd@formin.fi
  • +92 51 2828 426

Embassy of Germany

  • Ramna 5, Diplomatic Enclave, P/O Box # 1027, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • (0092) 51 2007 200 or 0092 51 2007 403
  • info@islamabad.diplo.de

Factors that Influence Processing Time

A variety of factors affect how long it takes to process a Pakistani Schengen visa. These include:

Workload at the embassy or consulate: The quantity of visa applications received by the embassy or consulate may have an impact on processing delays. The workload might be greater during the peak travel times, which might cause processing times to be delayed.

Accuracy and completeness of the application: Delays may result from errors or missing information in the visa application. It is crucial to ensure that all data is presented appropriately and that any relevant supporting materials are included.

Background and travel history of the applicant: The processing may be impacted by the applicant’s past, including any prior visa refusals or overstays.

Visa Statistics

Top 5 low rejection rate Schengen countries according to Visa Statistics for 2022

  1. Iceland 1.9%
  2. Lithuania 7.8%
  3. Latvia 9.5%
  4. Finland 9.7%
  5. Slovakia 9.7%

Top 5 high rejection rate Schengen countries according to Visa Statistics for 2022

  1. Malta 36.4%
  2. Sweden 29%
  3. Belgium 28.4%
  4. France 22.2%
  5. Norway 20.3%

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