#LifeInCzechia Applying for a Schengen visa can be overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time. In this blog post, I’ll share my personal experience of obtaining a Schengen visa for the Czech Republic while studying abroad in Türkiye. Specifically, I’ll focus on applying for a short-term visa for an internship.
Choosing the Right Visa:
Before starting the application process, it’s important to determine the type of Schengen visa that suits your situation. For my internship, I needed a short-term visa. Selecting the correct visa category is crucial to avoid complications
To prepare for your visa application, gather the following essential documents: (Remember to make photocopies of all your documents.)
- Letter of Acceptance from the Company/Organization
- Health Insurance from VZP to cover your stay in the Czech Republic
- Appointment confirmation from VFS Global
- Erasmus Mobility Letter of Agreement
- Grant agreement from your university
- Criminal record check
- Copy of previous Schengen visa (if applicable)
- Residence Permit Card
- Accommodation Letter
- C-11 Erasmus document (available on the VFS official website)
- Daily Schedule (available on the VFS official website)
- PNR document (available on the VFS official website)
- Completed Questionnaire (available on the VFS official website)
- Two passport-sized photographs (4.5 x 3.5)
- Completed Visa Application Form (available on the VFS official website)
- Flight reservations
- Student certificate
Scheduling an Appointment:
Once you have all the required documents, schedule an appointment with VFS Global. During the appointment, you’ll submit your application and make the payment. After a successful payment, you’ll be able to collect your fingerprint.
Application Submission and Waiting Time:
After submitting your application, you’ll need to wait approximately 7-14 days before collecting your passport at VFS Global.
I hope sharing my experience helps those who need to apply for a Schengen visa. Keep in mind that specific requirements may vary depending on your circumstances and the embassy or consulate you’re applying to. For accurate and up-to-date information, always visit the official website of the relevant embassy or consulate.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, so you can enjoy your #LifeInCzechia. If you want to feel at home, check out our categories of “Living” and “Practical Tips for Expats” where you find all kinds of tips and information for a smooth transition to your new life.