Here’s our SCHENGEN VISA GUIDE for applicants hoping to get one from the EMBASSY OF ITALY in the Philippines (through the PIASI VIA Center). It contains a complete LIST OF REQUIREMENTS and the STEP-BY-STEP APPLICATION PROCESS based on our personal experience. This is for Filipinos applying in Manila or Cebu for a short-term TOURIST VISA only, and NOT for long-term, work, reunion, study or business visa.
When we first toured Europe, we visited 16 different countries with a Germany-issued Schengen visa. But to our surprise, there was one destination that totally captivated us — ITALY. This boot-shaped Mediterranean state spoiled us with its delectable cuisine, jaw-dropping architecture, awe-inspiring sights, and enlightening history. We stayed in Italy for two weeks, but we knew from Day 1 that it would not be enough and that a return trip was bound to happen sooner or later.
Sooner, it turned out. Just a couple of years later, we found ourselves collecting all the documents needed to complete another Schengen Visa application. But this time, we were praying to the visa gods of Italy.
This wasn’t the first time we applied for a Schengen visa, but of all our visa applications, this made us the most nervous. Italy is notorious within my travel circles as one of the strictest when it comes to evaluating applications. I can only assume that the main reason is the sheer number of Filipino workers in Italy, around 170,000 documented OFWs plus tens of thousands undocumented. If online sources are to be believed, Italy has one of the highest rejection rates, along with France and Spain. But our plan involved staying in Italy the longest so we had to try.
We’re thankful that we did. As we began preparing, we realized that — yes, it is strict — but the process is also a lot easier and more straightforward. We applied via the PIASI VIA Center (Visa Information and Application Center). No prior appointment needed and no soul-crushing interviews. It was pretty fast too. I was granted a visa after only 4 days!
Anyway, here’s how to apply for an Italian Schengen Visa.
WHAT'S COVERED IN THIS GUIDE?
WHO CAN APPLY FOR AN ITALY-ISSUED SCHENGEN VISA?
Apply for an Italian Schengen Visa only if one of these apply to you.
- You’re going to Italy or Vatican City ONLY and will not visit any other country.
- You will visit two or more Schengen countries but you will stay the longest in Italy.
- You will stay in multiple Schengen countries for exactly the same number of nights, but Italy is your point of entry (first in your itinerary) in the Schengen area.
I noticed that Schengen embassies count the number of nights when determining where the applicant would be staying the longest.
LIST OF ITALIAN SCHENGEN VISA REQUIREMENTS
1. Valid Passport
- Current passport and previous passports
- Must have at least 6 months validity (as required by Philippine Immigration)
- Must have at least 3 months validity remaining from the target end of the trip or target visa expiry (as required by Italian Embassy)
2. Accomplished Application Form
You can do it online or by hand.
Make sure that you don’t leave blanks. If the field does not apply to you, write NA or N/A.
For minors, the form must be signed by BOTH parents.
3. Recent Photo
- Both passport-size and 2×2″ photos are accepted. I submitted 2×2; Vins submitted passport-size. They accepted both.
- Colored ICAO standard photo with white background
- Ears should be visible. Lips must be closed.
- You must be wearing collared shirt or blouse.
4. Introduction Letter
This is highly encouraged. Because there is no interview with the consul or visa officer, you won’t have a chance to explain your purpose of travel in detail or clarify things you think they might find confusing. Having a cover letter can help your case.
Here’s a sample:
5. Proof of Available Accommodations
- Hotel booking under the name of the applicant. You may book from hotel booking websites and choose properties that allow FREE CANCELLATION so you can cancel easily in case the application is denied.
IF INVITED BY SOMEONE IN ITALY
- Letter of invitation. I think the letter has a standard format, but we don’t have a copy.
- Proof of citizenship or permit of stay of the inviting party
- PSA/NSO documents to prove relationship, if the inviting person is a relative. These may be birth certificates, a marriage certificates, or combination of them.
6. Photocopy of Passport Pages
- Photocopy of the bio page (page 2) and last page (In case of Emergency page) of the valid passport
- Photocopy of previous visas and immigration stamps on current and previous passports
7. Proof of Employment
- Certificate of Employment
- Approved Leave of Absence
- Latest Income Tax Return (ITR)
- Approved Travel Authority (For government workers only. Ignore if not applicable.)
- Professional License Card (PRC Card, only if applicable. Ignore otherwise.)
- Business license/permits
- BIR Plate
- BIR Registration
- SEC Registration (corporation) / DTI Registration (sole proprietor)
- Financial Statement with Company Income Tax Return
- GIS (General Information Sheet of company, if corporation)
- Articles of Incorporation (if corporation)
- Professional License Card (PRC Card, only if applicable. Ignore otherwise.)
The copies of GIS, BIR Plate, and Articles of Incorporation are not in the official checklist, but we were told that they are also required. Thankfully, we had a soft copy of the docs they wanted so we just printed them out at a nearby computer shop and submitted the lacking docs that same afternoon.
- Certificate of Enrolment
- Approved Leave of Absence (if traveling within school months)
8. Proof of Financial Means
- Bank certificate supported by corresponding statement of account or passbook, showing 6 months of account history
- International credit card statements
- Land titles or copy of proof of real estate property
- For minors, proof of financial means of parents or legal guardian
9. Travel insurance
Our travel insurance was from Standard Insurance, which we also purchased via Gazelle Travel and Tours. You can get travel insurance here: TRAVEL INSURANCE
10. Identity Documents
- PSA/NSO-issued birth certificate
- If married, PSA/NSO-issued marriage certificate
- If minor or student, notarized Affidavit of Support signed by BOTH parents
- If minor and not traveling with parents, DSWD Clearance
11. Complete Itinerary
Your itinerary must reflect the dates you indicated when you accomplished the application form. Below is a sample. This is the format I followed. You can also download an editable version here.
12. Flight Reservations
Including outward and return flights. We also submitted all the flights we plan to take within the Schengen area. Make sure your document has a Passenger Registration Number (or reservation number).
To avoid wasting money, DO NOT PURCHASE TICKETS until your visa is approved. You just need to reserve.
Find a travel agency that can reserve flights for you. In our case, we got all our flight reservations from Gazelle Travel and Tours. You can reserve flights here: HOW TO GET FLIGHT RESERVATIONS
13. Visa Fee
Here’s the cost of Short Term Visa (Tourism/Visit) when I applied:
12yo or older = 60€ (P3519)
6-11yo = 35€ (P2053)
5yo or younger = FREE
However, there is a report that visa fees across all Schengen embassies have increased to EUR 80 per applicant.
In addition, you also need to pay the P1450 handling fee charged by VIA PIASI. According to their website and the matrices on site, the handling fee is only P1350, but we were charged P1450. I’m not sure if we were charged an additional P100 for something else.
Anyway, that’s a total of P4969.
You can get FLIGHT RESERVATIONS, HOTEL RESERVATIONS, and TRAVEL INSURANCE online! We got in touch with Gazelle Travel and Tours, a DTI-registered DOT-accredited travel agency so they could easily offer these services to our readers.
For the rates and more info, read: FLIGHTS AND HOTEL RESERVATIONS
Read: FLIGHTS AND HOTEL RESERVATIONS
HOW TO APPLY FOR AN ITALIAN SCHENGEN VISA
1. Complete the required documents.
Gather all the requirements as listed above. You might also want to download this checklist, so you have an easy reference.
For easier processing, arrange your documents according to the order above. We also arranged the photocopies of our stamps and past visas according to how they appear on our passports.
Although there is no specified paper size, we decided to print all our docs on A4-size paper because it is the European standard.
2. Submit the requirements to the VIA Center.
Here are the addresses and business hours of the PIASI VIA Center in Makati and Cebu.
VIA Center Makati
3F Allegro Center, Chino Roces Ave, Makati,
2284 Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone: +632-845-9200 / +632-845-9215
VIA Center Cebu
1004 Keppel Bldg, Cardinal Rosales Avenue Cor Samar Loop,
Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines
You can schedule an appointment or you can simply walk in.
If you wish to book an appointment, you may secure a slot by phone. Here are the details:
Appointment Hotline: (02) 845 9200
Call hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am-6pm
Closed: Sundays and public holidays
But an appointment is OPTIONAL. You can simply show up at VIA Center. That’s what we did. We simply walked in! They accept visa applications in the following times:
VISA APPLICATION HOURS
Monday to Thursday, 8am to 2:30pm
Friday, 8am to 1:30pm
Closed: Saturdays, Sundays, Public Holidays
If you’re applying in Makati, go to the second floor. Although the main office is on the third floor of Allegro Center, their receiving area for walk-in applicants is on the second floor. Here’s our experience.
- Approach the first counter right after the door. The staff will briefly check your application form and photo.
- Register on their logbook.
- Get a queue number and information form. This short form will ask you about your application and how you want your passport to be returned: by pickup or by delivery.
- Take a comfortable seat and wait for your turn. Use this idle time to fill out the information sheet.
- Once your number is called, approach the counter and submit your documents. They will check each document meticulously so it will take some time. If you choose to have your passport delivered, you will have to take care of it here too. You will be asked to go back to your seat and wait for the Biometrics collection.
- Once called, approach the Biometrics counter where a staff will take your fingerprints.
- Climb to the third floor and find the cashier.
- Make payment! Cash only. Don’t forget your acknowledgement receipt AND official receipt.
That’s it! You’re done! VIA Center will then forward your application to the Italian Embassy, which will be the one evaluating it.
In my experience, the whole processing took 3 hours. It should have been 2 hours, but they said we were lacking a couple business documents so we had to go out, print out those docs, and wait for our turn again.
3. Claim your passport and visa.
When the results are in, you will receive a call from VIA Center telling you that the passport is already with them and that it’s ready for pick up or delivery.
We were told that we can only pick up our passports at these times.
PASSPORT RELEASING SCHEDULE:
Monday to Friday, 3pm-5pm ONLY.
We got a call from VIA only 4 days after we submitted our application. This was the fastest Schengen visa application I have experienced! But according to the VIA staff, the average wait is 15 days.
ITALIAN VISA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How long does the entire Italian Visa Application process take?
According to the VIA staff we talked to, the average is 15 days.
Some take longer. In some cases, applicants have to wait over a month. Some get theirs much shorter — 10 days, 7 days, 5 days.
In our case, the whole thing took only 4 days! Here’s my timeline:
- July 23 (Monday) – Submitted our application at VIA Center Makati
- July 26 (Friday) – VIA informed us that our passports were ready for pickup
- July 29 (Monday) – We picked up our passport
I was super nervous at first because it was too quick, but according to a friend who used to work as a visa officer at a Schengen embassy, it does happen occasionally. It’s probably because this was my fourth Schengen visa and I had been to Italy before.
2. How early should I apply for an Italian Schengen visa?
The earliest you can lodge your application is 3 months (90 days) before your intended travel date. If you apply earlier than that, they will refuse your application and tell you to return at a later date.
Update: There is a report that you may now apply as early as 6 months before the trip, but I haven’t confirmed this yet.
3. How long is the validity of the Schengen Visa?
Depends on the itinerary you submit. The Embassy will decide based on your itinerary so take it seriously. Don’t make dummy itineraries. Make sure it’s really your plan.
4. Should I apply for a single-, double-, or multiple-entry visa?
Again, it depends on your itinerary and flight reservations. If your itinerary/flight reservations suggest you’re going out of the Schengen zone and then returning after, then apply for a double-entry visa. If you plan to go in and out of the zone many times, then go for the multiple entry visa.
Don’t apply for a multiple-entry visa if you intend to stay in Italy the entire time. There is no need for your visa to be multiple and will probably just raise more questions.
5. How much money should I have in the bank to get approved?
The embassy doesn’t disclose the exact amount they need to see on your financial documents. It also depends on the length of your stay and what you plan to do.
I add the cost of all the flights and hotel reservations I submit and then add 60 euro per day of stay in Europe. Some embassies require USD50 per day, some USD 55 per day. But to be safe, I use EUR60 per day.
Once I have the sum of it all, that’s what I consider the minimum amount that I should have in my bank account. MINIMUM. I make sure I have much more funds that that because the embassy will have a very hard time believing that you are willing to spend all your money on this trip.
Because of this, my personal rule is P10,000 per day of stay + cost of flights + cost of accommodations.
6. What are the reasons why my Schengen visa application would be denied?
This applies not just to the Italian Embassy but also other Schengen embassies:
- You can’t prove that you intend to return to the Philippines. You probably don’t have a stable job at this point, newly employed, or newly resigned, and it’s giving the impression that you plan on staying longer than your declared duration.
- You can’t prove that you can financially afford this trip. You or your sponsor may not be in a good financial standing.
- Your documents are inconsistent. Your application form may be stating one thing, but your supporting documents may be suggesting another.
- Your purpose in Italy or Europe is unclear or dubious. This is why it is best to be specific when you’re detailing the reasons for your visit.
We have more detailed explanations in this post: COMMON REASONS WHY VISA APPLICATIONS ARE DENIED!
7. Do I really need flight tickets before applying?
No, you don’t need to plane tickets. If anything, you are DISCOURAGED from purchasing plane tickets so you won’t waste money in the event that your application is rejected.
Actual tickets are NOT a requirement. What you can submit is a so-called FLIGHT RESERVATION, which is different from actual tickets. “Reservations” are just proof that you have blocked these plane seats. Some airlines can hold the booking for you.
Travel agencies can also issue flight reservations. If you don’t have time to go to a travel agency, you can have it reserved online.
Our go-to travel agency for flight reservations (and travel insurance) for visa application is Gazelle Travel and Tours, a DTI-registered and DOT-accredited agency. We created a form here so you can contact them completely ONLINE:
MORE INFO: Flight and Hotel Reservations
8. Do I need to submit the original copies of the documents?
VIA Center urges applicants to bring both the original and a photocopy of all documents. However, not all of the original copies will be kept by them.
Some requirements call for original copies like passports, bank certificates, birth certificate, and certificates of employment.
For others like land titles and business registration docs, they will only get the photocopy. But they will check the original copies for verification that the photocopies are indeed true copies of the original.
9. I’m applying with a group/family. Do I need to provide a copy of every document for each member?
YES. Schengen visa applications are assessed individually. According to the VIA Embassy website, each applicant must have their own set of requirements.
For example, if there are 4 members of the group/family and all of you will be using the same bank account as proof of funds, you can use that one bank account but provide 4 original copies of the bank certificate, one for each member.
10. Is personal appearance required?
Most of the time, YES.
Part of the process is Biometrics collection, in which they need your fingerprints, so the applicant must be there. However, according to the VIA staff that processed my bio, some applicants who have existing biometric records in the Schengen system may not need to show up. But because it’s hard to tell whether the copies are reliable, they still strongly recommend to personally appear to submit biometrics.
I had my biometrics collected when I applied at the Greek Embassy just over a year ago, but I was still asked for fingerprints.
11. I am visiting European countries outside the Schengen Zone and then re-entering the zone after. What should I answer to the “Indicate number of days” field on the application form: the total number of days in Europe or just the number of days within the zone?
I had this same problem. Our plan was to spend 46 days in Europe but only 22 of those would be spent within the Schengen area: 18 days initially then we’ll go out and re-enter the zone again and spend 4 more days inside.
Initially, I entered the total number of days in Europe, 46 days. But the VIA Center staff told us to write the number of days within the Schengen area, 22 days. But because I had already written 46 days, she instructed us to just add (22 DAYS IN SCHENGEN), enclosed in a parenthesis, by hand. So my final answer was 46 DAYS (22 DAYS IN SCHENGEN).
I’m not sure if that’s right. I just followed their instructions. We were still granted a suitable visa, so I guess it was okay.
12. On the Schengen Information section (Page 5) of the VIA online application form, what if I have more than one visas?
On Page 5 of the VIA application form, one field asks: “Schengen issued during the past 3 years?” It’s followed fields where you’re supposed to enter the validity dates of the past visas.
The problem is, it seems to be impossible to enter more than one visas.
What I did is, I just entered the validity dates of the latest Schengen visa that I had.
13. On the Fingerprint Information section (Page 6) of the VIA online application form, what am I supposed to answer?
There are only two fields on that page. Here’s what I answered:
- Fingerprints collected previously for the purpose of applying for a Schengen visa for the past 3 years?
– If you have applied for a Schengen visa before and the embassy (any Schengen embassy) collected your fingerprints within the past 3 years, answer YES. I answered YES because I remember the Greek Embassy took my biometrics 2 years ago.
- Finger Print Validity.
– I don’t know what to answer here exactly, but I just entered the date my fingerprints were last collected by a Schengen Embassy.
14. What to answer to the PERMIT INFORMATION section (Page 7) of the VIA online application form?
I was perplexed by this too because there was no description. I didn’t know what to answer.
Thankfully, I found a Schengen Visa Application Form guide on the website of the French Embassy! The French to the rescue!
According to it, it’s specifically asking for: Entry permits for the final country of destination, where applicable.
“Fill this space only if you do not have the nationality of your country of residence and present your visa or your permit with a photocopy.”
Because I am a Filipino residing in the Philippines, it means it doesn’t apply to me. So I ticked NO.
15. On the Members Information section (Page 9) of the application form, there are tick boxes that read “by a applicant”, “by a sponsor”, and “means of support”. What are these?
The header of that section is missing. You’re supposed to fill in the blank. What it’s actually asking is this: “Cost of travelling and living during the applicant’s stay is covered ______.”
If you will be shouldering your travel expenses, tick “BY APPLICANT.” Then choose the means of support that you will be using. DO NOT tick the “BY A SPONSOR” box. That’s only for sponsored applicants!
16. What does an Italian Schengen Visa look like?
17. I earn this much per month, have this much funds in my bank account, have visited these countries and have these supporting documents. Will my application be approved?
I have no idea. No one and nothing can guarantee visa approval beforehand. The only person who can answer this question is the visa officer evaluating your application.
You can be adequately prepared for it, but sometimes, we just don’t know what the eff is going to happen.
Sometimes, no matter how qualified or how adequately prepared you are, you can still end up denied a visa. I have heard about cases wherein I just couldn’t figure out what went wrong. I have a friend who has a great travel history, financial records, rootedness proof. Everything was great, in my opinion. And yet her application was denied. And it’s not exclusive to Schengen visa. I know another who was applying for a Japanese visa for the third time. He meets all the items of someone who would surely be guaranteed approval, but was refused a visa, too.
18. What other countries can I visit using an Italian Schengen visa?
The Schengen Visa is a travel document that allows the holder to enter any of the 26 states that are part of the Schengen agreement. Think of it as an almost all-access pass to many countries in Europe, eliminating the immigration borders within the Schengen zone and the hassle of having to apply for a visa for each individual country. These are the countries who are part of the Schengen Zone:
Some non-Schengen countries like Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Turkey also accept double- or multiple-entry Schengen visas (with certain conditions about the visa types and length of stay, among others).
For more Schengen Visa Frequently Asked Questions, check out this post: Schengen Visa for Filipinos
This article is based on my own Schengen Visa application (Tourist) via PIASI VIA Center, the official service provider of the Embassy of Italy. If you have inquiries about anything outside my personal experience, I’m afraid I won’t be of help. However, feel free to post questions in the comments section below because some of our readers might know better.
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Fell in love with Italy on my first visit. I also have that feeling na kailangan kong bumalik ng Italy. Anyways, congrats on another Schengen Visa and Enjoy! Please italian dish for me❤️
Thanks, Ailea! We’re super excited to return! :D
Very informative and helpful. Thank you!
For the hotel reservations, you said it should be under the applicant’s name, and each applicant must have his/her own set of required documents for submission. But what if we are travelling as a family and booked a family room; can they also use the hotel reservation that is under my name? Thanks, Yoshke!
Hi Laila, I think okay lang. I-explain mo na lang sa letter. Ganun din yung sa amin ni Vins eh. Lahat ng hotels namin ay under my name, pero inexplain ko sa letter. We used just one letter na dalawa kaming signatories but tig-1 copy each kami na sinubmit. :)
Tip: If you are booking via booking.com there is a part “Guest Name” where you can specify the names of the guest, just put comma (, ) in each name, this way your hotel booking will show the names of all guest in a single hotel booking. That’s what i did when i applied visa for my mom.
Oooooooh! Thanks for sharing this!
Didn’t know this! Will try this next time!
hi. thank you for sharing. its very informative. my question is what additional documents are needed if one of the spouses is not employed, but is financially capable of travelling? thanks.
I’m a bit confused. Is it you who will be traveling but your trip will be sponsored by your spouse? Or is it your spouse who will be traveling? If it’s the latter, will you be sponsoring your spouse’s trip?
i got a schengen . visa already through Norway last 2014
i wasnt . able to . use my visa since i got . tied in my . schedule in USA
is . that . gonna affect my . new application in Italian Embassy since i will be staying here longer
Hi Luisa, I’m not familiar with the complications of an unused Schengen visa if meron man. :S
Thanks for sharing your wealthy information,this is an useful article for all people
Hi! In your checklist, i saw you listed “Notarized affidavit of support” for means of support for students. Does it really need to be notarized? Thank you so much for this article btw very informative
Hi Andrea, i haven’t tried applying for or as a student, but that’s what the official checklist states, so i guess it has to be notarized.
Ok thank you again!
Thank you very much for this very informative blog.
I just have a question po on the intro letter. Me and my fiance are travelling this December and will be getting married this December yet too. This trip will be for our honeymoon. Since we have to apply for a visa now, technically we have to put single as status and leave the Philippines as married. Would there be any complication if we put honeymoon as reason in our letter?
Thank you in advance.
I submitted my application just yesterday via the VIA center but I forgot that I have a flight on Oct 22 to Singapore.
They are saying that it will take around 15 working days for visa processing. Do you know of many instances where the visa was released around 4-5 days after submission?
Hi Jan Si, is it your first trip to the Schengen area? Did you receive your passport back with your visa yet?
In my case, it only took 4 days.
There are a few members of our Support Group who got theirs in under 5 days too.
Thank you for this blog. This gives me ideas about applying for the VISA.
I just want to ask, Sir if Financial Statement from my bank is still needed even though someone will shoulder all of my expenses in Italy? Does the Sponsor Letter not enough?
Thank you .
Yep, they will look for financial statements ESPECIALLY if you’re sponsored.
We explained the reason for that here: https://www.thepoortraveler.net/2019/07/visa-immigration-boyfriend-girlfriend/
Hi! Do you know any embassy in Cebu which I can apply Schengen Visa? And is it possible to apply for a schengen visa for 30 days even though it will be my first time? I am planning to visit Europe in May 2020 with a planned entry in Paris. Thank you for your information
Hi Melody, naku, wala akong contact na travel agency sa Cebu. :(
Hi sir, ask ko lang po pano po gawin ulit since denied po application sa Italian embassy kahapon.. i need your thoughts lang po to advise me, what po mag apply ako ulit, since yung dating strong ties ko is my business pero hindi kasi yun naka register sa BIR kasi hindi kasi yun sakin na land or place nakiki business lang ako dun, kaya proof ko lang sa business na yun ay Brgy. Business permit lang at DTI, sa next application ko po ilalagay ko parin po ba yun na business ko? Since wala naman ako ibang work kundi yun lang po. Or baka kasi ma dedisapprove na naman ako since hindi kasi yun naka register sa BIR hinanapan kasi ni officer ng BIR sa business na yun . Need your advice lang po. Salamat sa mga sagot..
Hi July, naku, mahirap nga yan kasi pag yung proof of income or employment ang concern, mahigpit talaga sila.
You can try applying at another embassy na mas maluwag, pero baka maging problem pa rin talaga yung business mo since kulang ng documents.
Hi, so d ko masyado na gets to.
Pero if ng apply kame ng France VISA, then gusto namen pmnta ng ibang Schengen state. Should we need to inform the French Embassy? or upon getting the VISA automatic n un n pede kame pmnta kun san san? Thanks po.
If may Schengen visa ka na, pwede ka na pumunta anywhere within the Schengen zone basta within the validity period and allowed length of stay.
hope you are well. just want to ask if we also need to book train tickets in italy when applying for schengen visa?or we can just indicate in our itinerary that we will buy train tickets when our visa is approved?and can we buy them in the train stations on the same date we travel?
Hi Anna, in our case, we didn’t submit train tickets. We only submitted the flights to and from Europe and flights WITHIN Europe, since may mga legs na lilipad talaga. Pero di kami nagsubmit ng train tickets. Not sure if ganun sa lahat or we just got lucky.
Did you submit confirmed flight details within schengen? Or just reservations lng? Wer po pwede mag avail? We are also planning to take the night train from Rome to Munich. Do we have to purchase the train tickets as well?
I submitted flight reservations to and within Schengen, not confirmed tickets. More info here: https://www.thepoortraveler.net/2017/06/flight-hotel-reservations-visa-application/
I didn’t submit train tickets, though. Only flights.
ok thanks sa reply :) another concern ko is yong husband ko is from myanmar and im here sa singapore ,nsa pilipinas xa (balikbayan visa holder)and dun xa mag aapply ng schengen visa,meron xang small business,talyer sa harap mismo ng bahay namin at nag bubuy and sell din xa,pede na kya un as source of income nia?wala xa BIR or ITR or whatever e,brgy permit lng ang meron siya,(in his name)but meron din xa sarili bank account which have enough funds.pede q nmn din siguro isama sa requirements nia ung funds ko?what do you think?we also owned properties.
I don’t know for sure, pero I think okay lang na isama yung funds mo kasi you’re married naman. If ako nasa position mo, I would probably write a letter explaining everything and that you’re traveling together.
Hindi ko alam how much it would help because the Italian Embassy is known for being very strict. But yun ang gagawin ko. That’s just me.
thanks so much Yoshke..cross fingers we’ll get the visa!merry christmas!
Happy Holidays! And good luck with your application.
Hello! I just want to say thank you because this article helped us in our visa application. My boyfriend & I applied last November 13, and our visa got approved last week of November. Italian embassy is very strict pero ‘pag complete naman requirements, there’s nothing to worry. Thank you!! Keep on helping. :)
hello, tnong ko lng po base sa experience nyo, nkatnggap b kau ng call gling sa italian embassy n ready na ung visa nyo? 2 weeks n kc akong nag aantay wla prin akong nrereceive na notif. thank you
Yes po. We received a call from VIA po na pwede na iclaim.
Saan kayo sa Italy punta?
Hi, hope you can help me. Would like to apply for a Schengen visa (still deciding which country where we were staying the longest.) My concern is, I am working as a freelance and just registered sa BIR last Oct so no ITR yet. I will be travelling with my ‘fiance’ and our minor daughter who were both US citizen (US passport) and does not need a visa to travel in Italy, Poland or Schengen zone. Of course my ‘fiance’ will be paying for everything. My question is how should I go about my visa application? Since my ‘fiance’ is paying for everything, can I just submit all his financial documents instead of mine?
I’d really appreciate your answer as we planning to travel next year around July. We have traveled together but only in Singapore and Thailand.
Yes, you can submit his financial docs but you will also need to submit yours. Hihingin pa rin nila yung sayo kahit sponsored.
But to be honest with you, I feel like the odds are against you. Schengen Embassies in general are much stricter sa sponsored applicants tapos working as freelance without ITR. If you want to still try, you can naman, but here’s my advice:
– Choose a less strict embassy. Given your situation, I think mahihirapan ka if mag-apply ka sa Italian or Spanish Embassy.
– Submit an Affidavit of Support, notarized, and signed by your fiance
– Submit proof of relationship. Since you have a child, I think you can submit the child’s birth certificate showing that you two are the parents
– Submit more proof of travel history. Aside from the stamps, you can submit your photos together when you traveled to Thailand and Singapore.
– Submit a cover letter
If I were in your shoes though, i-build ko pa muna yung travel history ko. I would visit other visa countries first na less strict before ako mag-Schengen. (Yun actually yung ginawa ko.) Thailand and Singapore kasi ay parehong visa-free. Makakatulong kasi if meron kang visas from other countries kahit Japan, Korea, or Australia lang.
It’s going to be an uphill battle. But I hope this helps.
Ito ay sa tingin ko lang po. Best to consult pa rin a travel agency kasi mas alam nila.
Good luck!!! Balitaan mo kami please if mag-apply kayo para makatulong din sa ibang readers. Hope na ma-approve! :)
just want to ask is it better to apply sa VIA center compared if i apply directly sa embassy ng italy? sayang din kasi yung fee na ibabayad sa VIA ehh. Although baka mas helpful ba mag check ng requirements beforesubmitting it sa VIA center?
Thanks in advance!!
Hi James, we haven’t tried applying directly so I can’t compare. But based on what I heard from friends who have, I think it’s less stressful to apply sa VIA. Sa VIA kasi, they will guide you talaga and tell you pag may kulang or need pa for better chances of approval.
Hi, was wondering if you’d know this. If you submitted your application thru VIA, will you be notified of the status by VIA as well? Or the embassy will be the one to inform you? Will it be via a text message, a phone call or email? Thanks in advance! :-)
In our case, VIA informed us. :)
Hi, do you know if there’s any chance na pwedeng i pull out yung passport ko from the application in case the processing takes too long? I have another scheduled trip next month to South Korea. I’ll submit on Jan 13 and my trip to KR is on Feb 7. Or do you think it’s possible to request for expedited processing? Thank you!
Hi – i followed all your instructions. my flight is on 28 April arriving France on 29 April where I will meet my 2 Canadian Citizen sisters. We will be staying most in Italy in our 12-day stay including our 7-day Italy-Adriatic Western Mediterranean cruise.
I have complete documents already including confirmed cruise booking, hotel accommodation and plane ticket to France.
Do you think i can file my application/complete documents on Monday 27 January 2020 – since I will already be in Makati on this date.
I am a senior citize living and working in Muntinlupa City
thanks – Mrs. Cris
Di ko po alam sa ngayon. There was news that they would be extending the application period to 6 months before the trip, but I don’t know if that has been implemented yet. :S
How did you submit trains/plane reservations within schngen area? Do we really have a confirmed reservation? Or just right the time/date that we are planning to take?
Thanks in advance!
Plane reservations, I submitted. (Not confirmed tickets. Just flight reservations.)
But for the trains, I just indicated the ones I wanted to take in the itinerary. I didn’t submit tickets.
I read your article as my guide prior to submitting my requirements to VIA. Once you received a call from them, will they tell you right away if your visa has been approved or denied?
Thank you! :)
Hi CJ, nope. They will only tell you that your passport is ready for pickup. They won’t say if approved or denied. You’ll only find out upon pickup.
Hi! Just for Info. New visa fee is Euro 80 for adult
Thanks for sharing!
Hi Yosh, planing to apply once better situation na.
I read in the requirements na they need flight/trains bookings upon application.. ” If travelling across Schengen countries, please submit bookings of all trains, flights and car rentals from one country to another.”
Since we can apply visa 180 days before the expected date of arrival pa
Do you know a way to book (not purchase) train reservations?
I will surely use this as a guide hopefully (when miss rona stops being a diva) for my next year’s solo summer trip in Europe. I’ll apply via VIA center in Cebu. I want to stay in Italy the longest. This will be my first time traveling to Europe and a non-visa free country. I’ve been to visa-free countries like Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia and Cambodia. I just registered as a freelancer last May 2020. Do you think the odds will be in my favour?
Very informative blog!
Hi,we are a family of 6, planning to get a shengen visa. Is it ok to make the same cover letter for each member? I have a business that will support the family’s trip. However, my husband is currently not working anymore. Although we travelled as a family, to the US several times and other asian countries already. Wil it be a problem for him being unemployed?
I think that’s OK. When we apply as a group, we only use 1 cover letter with all our names and signatures. Then each of us submit a copy of that letter.
Regarding your other question, since it’s a family trip and you’re married and you’re traveling with him, I think they would be less strict since the purpose of the trip is very clear (assuming your docs are all good and your own finances can support all of you). But that’s just my take on it.
Thank you so much for the quick reply. I realy liked your blog, very informative.
Hi po! Required po ba sundin yung itinerary na isa-submit? Planning to spend 12 days in Rome, Milan, Assisi, and Sicily po kasi. Praning lang ako baka suspicious sa kanila yung andami kong pupuntahan so I thought of not putting it na lang sa itinerary na ibibigay for VISA.
Hi James! OK lang naman po yung maraming pupuntahan, as long as realistic naman. :)
Pwede namang mag-deviate from the itinerary, lalo na if within Italy lang din naman. Once you’re inside kasi, there is no way din naman to track it.
Even mag-flight po within the country ok lang na hindi i-include?
Sa case namin, we submitted lahat ng flights namin even within Schengen Zone. Wala naman kaming flights within Italy lang since ang dineclare namin dun ay mag-train or bus lang kami. (Pero di kami nagsubmit ng train/bus booking.)
Hi po ulit! Regarding naman sa travel dates, need po ba sundin yung in-indicate during VISA application?
As long as within the allowed period indicated sa actual visa.
Thanks for the awesome article! Is the Certificate of Leave of Absence optional? I will be providing Certificate of Employment and ITR documents.
Sa case namin, if my memory serves me right, hiningi sya talaga. Di ko lang alam if ganun din sa iba.
ma dali lang po ba ang pagkuha ng re entry visa?i almost 15years in italy last year nag bakasyon ako ang malapit nko bumalik uwe pero naaksidente nmn ako…
have you gone into an interview upon submission of requirements?
For Italian Schengen Visa, no. There was just someone from VIA who checked our requirements.
Question lang yung sa Proof of Financial means lahat ba yun kailangan? tas need ba under our name yung sa land titles?and we dont have credit card kasi,
Yung bank cert and bank statements ay required. ‘Yung ibang items under it ay kung meron ka lang.
Hello po! I have been previously granted a Schengen visa by the French embassy nung 2015 pero I lost the passport na. Should I mention that po sa cover letter?
If I were in your position po, I would mention it. Do you have a photo or soft copy of that visa?