How to Get a 4 Year Schengen Visa!


Schengen is a region in Europe consisting of 26 countries, namely Austria, Belgium, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Since 1985, they agreed to abolish the passport policy and all types of border controls in each of the border areas. So what does the word “Schengen” mean? This is the name of the city in Luxembourg where the treaty was held. New, right?

If you want to visit these countries, as Indonesian passport holders you must have a Schengen visa applied to one of its member countries. With one Schengen visa, in Europe we are free to enter and leave these 26 countries, including to the Vatican, Monaco and San Marino. In Indonesia, you can apply to the embassy of the country concerned, or through an official agent appointed by that country. Generally located in Jakarta, but some can apply in Surabaya or Bali. Schengen visas from Italy and Greece apply at the respective embassies, the Netherlands at VFS agents, France at TLS, Spain at BLS. For complete information about visa application requirements , please read on the official website of the Schengen Embassy.

In general, how to apply for a Schengen visa is: 
1. Get an appointment schedule for an interview and submit documents.
2. Bring documents in the form of:
– Forms from the applied country .
– A valid passport.
– Recent photo size 3.5 x 4.5 cm with white background.
– Proof of return flight ticket.
– Proof of accommodation.
– Travel insurance that covers Schengen countries with a minimum coverage of 30,000 Euros.
– Financial proof.
3. Paying a visa of 80 Euros.
4. Waiting anxiously while checking the status on the tracking link provided.
5. Take the passport. That is, a visa can be obtained or not.

The next question is, how do you get a 4 year multiple entry Schengen visa ? If you want to arrange your own visa and go to Europe as a tourist without joining a tour, here’s a tip;

  1. Apply for a visa to a Schengen country where you land for the first time and/or stay the longest.
  2. The processing time for a Schengen visa is generally 15 working days. So filed in advance, huh? Especially today, after the pandemic, it’s very crowded! I can just get an appointment slot online, it can be up to two months. Remember, during the processing of this visa, your passport will be withheld, so try not to have any overseas schedules.
  3. Documents must be neat and orderly. The ink print results are clear. If given a check list , sort it based on it. If asked to make a photocopy, make it on A4 paper. So if asked for a KTP, don’t photocopy the size of the KTP, but the paper must be a sheet in a vertical position. I even posted it on each document needed, so when the officers checked it was easy to find.
  4. Fill out the form clearly and without typos . When filling out the form, there are single entry options (enter only once) and multiple entry (enter multiple times). Don’t forget to tick multiple entries .
  5. Even if you’re not asked, include a day-by-day itinerary with details, including what to ride, where to stay, what to do/where to go. Just type it yourself in Excel.
  6. Proof of flight ticket reservation is tricky . It’s a loss if you buy a plane ticket but don’t get a visa. Here’s how: find an airline that can cancel free , or can hold bookings by paying a small fee , or just pay the travel agent .
  7. Adjust the proof of accommodation with the money in the bank statement submitted. If you have little money, stay in hostels. If you don’t want to take the risk, book from an accommodation site/application that can get a free cancellation . If staying at a relative’s/friend’s house, he himself must provide a letter stating that he will accommodate you and usually must be registered with the government where he lives.
  8. How much money should be in the bank statement ? It was not informed how much, but travel agents often set Rp. 50 million. If I use the minimum calculation like this: number of days in Europe x 80 Euros + return flight ticket price + 10% excess of the total. Then, because bank statements are usually requested for the last 3 months, don’t suddenly in the second month there is a stream of money coming in. The amount each month try to be consistent. The salary slip must match the amount that goes to the proposed bank. So if you want to borrow it to make it look big, try to get in before 3 months.
  9. If asked for a letter from the sponsor/company where you work, the information must clearly contain your data, destination, when you are going, at whose expense the trip is, and write a guarantee that you will return to Indonesia to work.
  10. Based on experience, there are countries that are more generous in giving Schengen visas than other countries. The Netherlands and France are among the most “generous”. Germany, Italy, Switzerland are among those who give “efficient” duration.
  11. If it’s your first time visiting Europe, you are less likely to get a long-duration visa. I just started from getting a visa with the date fixed, then moving up to a month, three months, six months, a year, two years, only four years.
  12. But remember, the duration of the visa depends on how long your passport is valid. Unlike the United States, a Schengen visa is never issued past the expiration date of the passport. Even though you’ve been to Europe many times, if you apply for a visa, you only have a year left on your passport, at best you’ll only be given a 6-month visa. So you get a 4-5 year visa because your passport is still new, after getting Schengen visas many times.
  13. If asked for photocopies of old passports, photocopies of all pages with stamps and visas from various countries. The more, the more “trusted”. If you have had a Schengen visa before, include a photocopy of it. Bring also his old passport, many times asked.
  14. If you get a Schengen visa once, try to apply for the next visa and don’t move countries because it might be difficult to “get promoted”. I once got a one-year Dutch visa, then applied in Germany, but it went down to six months! However, other cases can occur, there are countries that really are stuck on giving visas for a maximum of three or six months, even though you have applied many times at the same place.
  15. Pray a lot. This is serious.

This tip is based on personal experience only, so results may vary from person to person. Whether your Schengen visa is successful or not, only the visa officer and God knows. Hehe!

good luck!

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