How to Apply For an EU Visa

By Miles Jarvis
A Schengen visa allows travel within most EU countries.
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Thanks to the Schengen Convention of 1985, nationals of the EU countries are able to travel to most other EU countries without a visa, while nationals of many non-EU countries can travel to most EU countries using one visa: the Schengen visa. While no "EU visa" exists, the Schengen is essentially an EU visa as it allows for travel between most EU countries without a traveler needing to apply for a visa for every country he plans to visit.

Hold a valid passport if you are from a non-EU country or either a passport or identity card if you are an EU national. Ensure your passport is valid and will not expire within 3 months of the end of your proposed dates of travel within Europe. Check with your country's embassy for specific passport requirements.

Find out if your nationality requires you to apply for a Schengen visa. Nationals from countries such as the United States, Canada and Australia do not need to apply for a visa before entering Europe and can be granted a visa upon entry to the country.

Enter your first European country of travel if you are not required to apply for a visa before arrival. The visa you receive will be your Schengen visa and can be used in other EU countries.

Apply for a Schengen visa at the embassy or consulate of the country you will spend the most time in or visit first on your trip. Fill out and hand in a visa application form and your passport. Provide proof of residency, adequate funds for travel, travel insurance, itinerary or air ticket purchase and the visa fee, which differs between nationalities.

About the Author

Miles Jarvis has been writing since 2009, with expertise in the field of East Asian languages and culture. He earned a B.A. in Chinese studies at the University of Waikato and has also studied at universities in Hong Kong and Japan.