You read that right! I surely got that visa in less than a week!
Even I am very surprised myself!
But with proper planning (or what I wish I had done) anything is possible (and easier)!
So yes, ideally, it’s always best to have everything planned out before going ahead with things–which is what I initially did.
If there were a couple of things I wish I knew before the entire process of applying for the visa itself came to play they are as listed below:
- MAKE FLIGHT RESERVATION TICKETS as opposed to buying the real deal.
- Start applying 3 months before your planned departure date. (which I didn’t do, but wished I did)
- ALWAYS make an online appointment whenever possible. (Otherwise they can be a real bitch about it)
- ALWAYS call up the embassy if there are things in their website that seems unclear. (which my boyfriend did)
(As you can see, I’m a very organized person 😀 )
Now keep these in mind very well.
The next will be some tips I should have done! 😀
- Booking a Hotel reservation is always easier than having someone write you an invite letter.
- Always have your dough ready before the entire shebang! Money talks.
- Always start applying 3 months before your date of departure. (which I should’ve done, but hey z’all good now :D)
So I did have my documents ready:
- Itinerary Letter (stating my purpose and plans during my stay there)
- Passport and photocopies (x2 I’m a little over the top)
- Photocopies of all visas valid and expired (mainly expired now)
- Permanent HKID (x2, once again I’m over the top)
- Employment Contract (made a certified copy just so they can’t say anything)
- Letter of approved vacation leaves from work
- 6 months worth of payslips and 3 months recent bank statement (with savings for the trip. Had HKD10k which I borrowed from my boyfriend, deposited it the same day, printed that shit out, returned the money to him and presented it just like that)
- Hotel reservations (boyfriend booked the same day we handed it to the embassy)
- Copy of booked flight tickets (like I said, try and avoid doing this)
- Travel insurance (which I bought for HKD99 good for 10 days, but covers beyond 30,000 euros)
I compiled all this in one folder and even made sticky tabs to organize all them shits so they can easily skim through them. I arranged in the following order:
- Itinerary letter
- Travel docs and visas (originals and photocopies)
- Reservations (hotels and flights)
- Stuff that proves you has money.
- Stuff that proves you workin boi!
- Other stuff (Travel insurance) 😀
Always keep in mind where you’ll be applying your schengen visa.
If you are just going to stay in one country, apply from that embassy.
If you are entering one country but majority of your stay is another place, approach the embassy who’s country you’ll be staying the longest.
If you are entering several, go with point of entry.
As long as you have financial cushion and enough time to let the embassy dilly dally with your docs and bug you every now and again (they don’t enjoy being pressured, so if you are in a time crunch, it ain’t their prob) you are absolutely fine.
My story was different. My flight for the Netherlands was due the 20th of June. I rocked up at their embassy on the 27th of April believing that walk-in appointments were entertained as their website had just said a month before that. So I went there and all of the sudden they denied my application and asked me to make an on-line appointment even when I was the first one there.
The next appointment was on the 7th of June.
So yeah. Imagine what I was going through.
So instead, I revamped my plans and heard through a friend that good ‘ol Belgium accepted walk-ins. But only a week after that incident.
Changed my itinerary, made hotel reservations and rocked up 2 Thursdays after my last attempt and it got accepted.
The day after, good ‘ole Belgia sent me an email discovering from my flight tickets that I was flying with my Dutchie boyfriend and needed a copy of his passport.
At first we panicked because his Honkie visa as yet to be activated and we began thinking up worse case scenarios. In the end we decided, our go to story was that I was going to Belgium first and he would follow me after spending time with his family.
Funny thing was, as soon as I sent his photocopied passport over email (on Saturday), I received another email the following Monday informing me that my visa was ready for pick up starting the day after!
Ideally, this isn’t the best approach for getting a Schengen visa. But it was a Plan B that was desperately devised since I wasn’t mentally ready to accept the fact that I wasn’t going to make it in the end.
But there you have it! As long as you have everything right and just make the filing suuuuper easy for the embassy, it is just a walk in the park!
It’s totally happening!
Hope this helped (and entertained you) in some way if you’re looking into applying for a Schengen Visa. It ain’t that hard as long as you plan and have a back-up plan 😀
Have you applied for the Visa yet, or applying for one? Let me know how that went! 😀