People typically want a hassle-free application process for visas to travel abroad because the process can be time-consuming and difficult. A Twitter user tweeted a picture of the documentation needed to apply for a Schengen visa for international travel.
The photo was uploaded by a person named Saptarshi Prakash, and it shows a pile of paperwork needed for a Schengen visa. Internet users are baffled by this huge bundle of documents.
“Applying for a tourist visa to one of the most developed countries of the world. This is amount of paper I m supposed to carry to prove that I have the money to stay there and come back,” the user wrote in the caption.
On August 6, Saptarshi Prakash published the picture, which has now received nearly 5,000 likes, more than 300 retweets, and a variety of reactions in the comment sections. When they saw this enormous pile of documents, many people were surprised and compared it to a Ph.D. thesis or manuscript of a book.
Many users originally thought the uploader had applied for a typical visa that is only valid for one country. However, Saptarshi replied to some of the users and stated that the necessary documentation was for a Schengen visa.
In a subsequent tweet, he stated that among other things, the documents he had attached were bank statements, three years’ worth of income tax returns, and bank statements.
One user commented, “”This is just one of the reasons why I prefer to have luxury experiences in India itself. (Too tiresome for the entire visa process, jetlag, immigration lines at airports, etc)” A third referenced his own experience with visa applications and added, “I feel you, man. Visa stuff is just so frustrating.”
“Bank statement, three years of ITR (income tax return), pay slips and tons of other things. Sure, it includes those Swiggy transactions as well. I wonder when they will make it(visa process) digital,” another user reacted.
A third user also suggested that Saptarshi Prakash create a combined pdf for these documents. “I am confused. Why not just create a combined PDF and store it on the drive? It’s not like you have to deposit these printouts anywhere. If someone asks for it, you can simply show the soft copy?!”
“I remember applying for US business Visa and docs I had to carry were ITR of last three years, current offer letter, recommendation letter, old employment docs, bank statements, passport, adhar, flight tickets, PAN etc. Still they refused, as per them I might not come back,” said a fourth user while sharing his own experience.
Schengen Visa Issue
26 European nations that share borders have formally abolished all passport checks and other types of border control that make up the Schengen Area.
As a result, the area essentially serves as a single jurisdiction with a single visa procedure for purposes of international travel. It carries the name of the Luxembourg-based Schengen Agreement, which was signed there in 1985.
With a Schengen visa, you can travel inside the Schengen region for a brief period.
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland are the nations for which Schengen visas are issued.
A Schengen visa is an authorization issued by a Schengen State about an intended stay in the territory of the Schengen States for no more than 90 days in any 180 days (“short stay visa”) and a transit through the international transit areas of airports of the Schengen States, according to the Migration and Home Affairs page on the website of the European Commission (“airport transit visa”).