Filling out a Schengen Visa Application form is perhaps one of the crucial things that any Philippine passport holders need to do to be granted a visa so they can travel to Schengen countries in Europe.
In this post I will share how I filled up the short-stay Schengen visa form to help other Filipinos know how to fill it up properly and become one step closer to their dream of traveling to 26 Schengen countries.
It was our first time to apply for Schengen Visa. We are family of three with two adults and 11-year-old boy. Based on the requirements/ instruction, each of us need to fill up a form. Since our son is a minor, we parent filled it up for him. We also attached on each of the form recent photograph that clearly showing the face, forehead hairline and ears. Based on the details I’ve inputted in the forms, France embassy here in Singapore granted us a type C with 1-year validity multi entry Schengen visa.
Prior to the Schengen Visa application, we planned to travel to 3 countries particularly Paris, France, Switzerland, and Amsterdam Netherlands which are part of the Schengen countries in Europe. We stayed 5 nights in France, 5 nights in Switzerland, and 3 nights in the Netherlands.
We applied for Schengen Visa in the Embassy of France here in Singapore because it is our first port of entry and our main destination since we stayed there for 5 nights which is equal to our number of nights in Switzerland, our second destination country.
For the complete rules on which embassy should you apply for Schengen Visa please read this post http://www.vfsglobal.com/France/SaudiArabia/pdf/rule-of-Shengen-visa-code-Eng.pdf
How to Fill Out France Schengen Visa Application Form for Philippine Passport Holders
There are total of 37 questionnaires in 3-page form that needs to be answered / filled up as accurately and honestly as possible. Read the details below:
1. Surname (family name)
– enter your surname
2. Surname at birth (former family names)
– enter here your maiden name if you are married female. If still single, just leave this portion blank
3. First name(s) Given names
– enter your first names here, do not include your middle initial/name.
4. Date of birth (day-month-year)
– enter your birthdate in numbered form. Example: 15-11-1981
5. Place of birth
– Enter your birth place. Example: Manila
6. Country of birth
– Indicate your birth country. Example: Philippines
7. Current nationality, Nationality at birth, if different
– Indicate here your nationality. Example: Filipino
– Put a check (tick) which ever is appropriate to you. Example: Male
9. Marital Status
– Tick which status is appropriate to you. Example: Married
10. In the case of minors; Surname, first name, address (if different from applicant’s) and nationality of parental authority / legal guardian
– I put here “NOT APPLICABLE” since I am not a minor
11. National identity number, where applicable
– I put here “NOT APPLICABLE” since this is not applicable for Philippine passport holders because we do not have National ID system yet like the one here in Singapore.
12. Type of travel document
– Tick which one is applicable to you. In our case, the three of us tick “ORDINARY PASSPORT”
13. Number of travel document
– Enter here your Philippine passport number which is indicated in your passport
14. Date of issue
– enter the date of issue which is indicated in your passport. Example: 27-07-2017
15. Valid until
– Enter here your passport validity date. Example: 26-07-2027
16. Issued by
– Enter here the location where your passport was issued. Since ours was issued here in Philippine Embassy in Singapore we input “PE SINGAPORE.” The details are in your passport. Just copy it.
17. Applicant’s home address and e-mail address
– I entered here our home and e-mail address. If you think the space is not enough, you can include an additional A4 paper where your complete details are indicated.
– Enter also your telephone number including the country code. Example: (+65) 1234567
18. Residence in a country other than the country of current nationality
– If you are working and living abroad tick “YES” and enter what is being asked like NRIC and its validity.
– Leave this blank if you are currently staying in the Philippines
19. Current occupation
– Enter here the name of your occupation. If you are unemployed just indicate “NO OCCUPATION”
– If employed enter here the name of your occupation
20. Employer and employer’s address and telephone number. For students, name and address of educational establishment.
– If you are unemployed just indicate “NOT APPLICABLE.” If you are employed or studying just input the name and address of your company or school.
21. Main purpose of the journey
– I tick tourism. Tick which ever is applicable to you like visiting a family or friends.
22. Member States of Destination
– Enter here the Schengen countries you want to visit. In our case we input France, Switzerland, and Netherlands.
23. Member state of first entry
– Enter here the first country to visit. Since first port of entry is France, we indicate France
24. Number of entries requested
– Tick the number of entries of your choice. In our case and also based on our itinerary we only tick “SINGLE ENTRY”
25. Duration of the intended stay or transit. Indicate the number of days
– Enter here the number of days that you planned to stay in Schengen area. Example: 14
26. Schengen Visas issued during the past three years
– Tick “NO” if it is your first time to apply for Schengen Visa
27. Fingerprints collected previously for the purpose of applying for a Schengen Visa
– Tick “NO” if it is your first time to apply for the Visa
28. Entry permit for the final country of destination, where applicable
– If you are living here in Singapore just enter the issuing body of your work permit, dependent pass, long term visit pass. Indicate also its validity.
– Left this blank if you are a Philippine passport holder and your final destination is the Philippines.
29. Intended date of arrival in the Schengen area
– Indicate here your arrival date in DAY-MONTH-YEAR format. Example: 01-12-2017
30. Inteded date of departure from the Schenge Area
– Indicate here your departure date in DAY-MONTH-YEAR format. Example: 14-12-2017
31. Surname and first name of the inviting persons in the Member States. If not applicable, name of hotels or temporary accommodations in the Member States.
– Indicate here the name of the hotel where you will be staying during your travel in Schengen areas.
– Since we will be staying in 3 different hotels during our stay in France, Switzerland, and Netherlands, we indicated here names of the 3 hotels.
Address and e-mail address of inviting persons / hotels / temporary accommodations
– Enter here the address of the hotel where you will be staying
– Since we will be staying in 3 different hotels we entered here the three addresses of our hotels. The given space in the form is obviously not enough so we included an additional sheet of paper and inputed there the addresses.
Telephone and telefax
– Enter here the telephone numbers of the hotels where you planned to stay. Include the country code. You can get it on each hotel’s website.
32. Name and address of inviting company / organization
– Enter the name of the inviting company. If there is none, just enter “NOT APPLICABLE”
Telephone and telefas of company/ organization
– Enter the telephone number. If there is none, just enter “NOT APPLICABLE”
Surname, first name, address, telephone, telefas, and email address of contact person in company / organization
– Enter the details here, if none, just enter “NOT APPLICABLE”
33. Cost of travelling and living during the applicant’s stay is covered
– Tick which ever is applicable to you. In our case we tick “by the applicant himself/herself
Means of support
– We tick “CASH,” “PREPAID ACCOMMODATION,” and OTHERS (PLEASE SPECIFY): DEBIT CARD
– Prepaid accommodation since we already paid for our hotel
34. Personal date of the family member who is an EU, EEA or CH citizen
– Enter here the names of your relatives who are citizen of EU EEA or CH. If there is none just enter “NOT APPLICABLE” in the surname and “NOT APPLICABLE” in the First names
Date of birth
– Enter “NOT APPLICABLE”
– Enter “NOT APPLICABLE”
Number of travel document or ID card
– Enter “NOT APPLICABLE”
35. Family relationship with an EU, EEA or CH citizen
– Enter here your family relationship to an EU, EEA or CH citizen. If none just enter “NOT APPLICABLE”
36. Place and date
– Enter here the place and date where you complete the Schenge Visa application form
37. Signiture (for minors, signature of parental authority/legal guardian.
– Affix your signature
After questionnaire 37, read and understand the remaining notes and tick the small box on its right.
At the last part of the form, you will again be asked to enter the place and date where you complete the form, and you also need to again affix your signature.
For the complete details, please check the screenshots of the Schengen Visa application form we submitted in the Embassy of France here in Singapore. I just altered some details to maintain our privacy.
Schengen Visa Application Fee and Processing Time
The visa processing fee is around 60 Euros which can be paid in Singapore dollars. I remember it is around 97 SGD per adult during our application. Kids have different rate, I think it is around 60 SGD. The payment will be collected by the officer at the window counter where you will submit your application.
Based on our experience the processing time is less than 1 week, to be exact it was only 4 working days. We submitted our document on the 6th day of the month which at that time was Friday, then we were asked to collect it on the 12th day which is Thursday.