How to apply for Schengen visa?
Please be advised to make an appointment at the embassy as early as you can to avoid the last minute visit and extra stress to be late to training. You should apply to the embassy at least 3 weeks before your trip to Lithuania.
NB: It is important not to be late and come to the embassy at least 5 minutes before your appointment to show you respect the rules and regulations of both the Schengen agreement and the embassy.
- Invitation letter
To get the invitation letter, you will be asked to provide the following information:
- The photocopy of a passport and licence
- The address in your home country
- The exact purpose of your visit
- The exact dates of your arrival/departure
- The name of the hotel you intend to stay
- The embassy you are going to apply to
- List of documents
1. Invitation letter
NB: It is advisable to provide additional proof of commercial relations with the inviting company:
- For a self-sponsored person: the contract with BAA Training, JSC; a receipt of the payment for your training. The period of the validity of the contract should match with the dates provided in the invitation letter
- For pilots from airlines: the introductory letter from the company providing the purpose of your travel, the period of stay and the position you take. The period of validity of the contract should match with the dates provided in the invitation letter
2. Visa application form.
NB: Please be accurate when filling in the application form and check if dates, hotel name and travel purpose match with the information provided in the invitation letter.
The passport as well as all the photocopies of your previous visas valid for at least 3 months prior to your departure are required. The passport must have at least two blank pages.
5. Round trip reservation
Round trip reservation or itinerary with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from the Schengen area.
NB: Please make sure that the dates of the round trip reservation match the arrival/departure dates in the invitation letter. If your trip includes several Schengen countries please pre-book travel tickets to all of them.
6. Travel health insurance policy
This health insurance policy has to cover expenses up to 30,000EUR, the total sum depends on the number of residing days. It has to be valid in all Schengen countries, too.
7. Proof of accommodation
Proof of accommodation for the entire duration of the intended stay in the Schengen area.
NB: Please make sure that the information in the statement for your proof of accommodation matches with the information in the invitation letter/application form/travel tickets.
8. Proof of civil status
Proof of civil status (marriage certificate, children birth certificates, death certificate of spouse, etc.)
9. Evidence of sufficient means of subsistence during the intended stay in the Schengen area.
NB: It is advisable to provide:
- The proof of your spouse/parents’ property in your home country that would warrant your return back to your country;
- Proof of employment/income of the last 6 months:
- If employee: salary slips of the last 6 months + bank statement of the account your salary comes in for the last 6 months;
- If employer: all documents related to the company (tax clearance certificate, personal income certificate, etc.);
- If retired: all documents proving the income of your pension for the last 6 months.
In addition, it is advisable to provide the following:
- Pilot licence or certificates of completed studies/training;
- A cover letter which includes and explains the purpose and the importance of your travel.
- Visa processing time
Visa processing time differs from one embassy to another. The standard procedure of visa issuance is 15 days. If there is a need for additional interview/consultation, the processing time is prolonged up to 4 weeks.
- Notes and advices
Is the list of documents mentioned above the full list of all the documents needed at the embassy?
The list of documents mentioned above is the general list of documents required for the Schengen visa. Before an appointment at the embassy, please check the required list of documents on its website.
Why did the embassy reject my visa?
Each embassy you are going to apply to is very strict with the precision of the documents and regulations of the law. Therefore, revise your documents twice and check them before your appointment.
NB: The final decision for your visa and visa period strictly depends on the embassy and Schengen States regulation.
Which embassy is better to apply to?
It is always better to apply to the nearest embassy of the Republic of Lithuania for the visa process to be faster and smoother.
Why did the embassy issue a 90-day Schengen visa for a period of 6 months rather than in the period of 1 year or longer?
If you have never received a Schengen Visa before, the embassy will not issue a 90-day Schengen visa for a period of more than 6 months. However, applying next time, the visa issuance will be smoother as you can get a 90-day Schengen visa in a period of 1 year or longer.
What if my visa is with a shorter period of validation than it needs to be to complete training?
Sometimes the embassy could issue a visa with a shorter period of validation than it needs to be to complete your training. If you find out that the period of visa validation is not enough to finish training, you should apply for a new visa again as the visa extension process in the Republic of Lithuania or other Schengen states is often complicated.
Can I enter the Schengen area through the country which is not the one I received the Schengen visa through?
First of all, you are required to visit the country you received the visa through and later travel to other countries in the Schengen area. However, if your country of destination differs from the one you received the Schengen visa through, please be sure to have the entry letter from the country of your first visit to avoid any misunderstandings at the Border of the Airport.
If you have any questions, please contact us!