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How to apply for Canada Tourist Visa from India? Fast & Easy!

How to apply for Canada Tourist Visa from India? Fast & Easy!

Canada is one the most popular destinations for Indians. Lot of people every year apply for Canada visa, sometimes to simply visit the beautiful country or sometime just to build their travel history which might help them later for better prospects at PR (Permanent Residency). Because of its popularity, there many companies across India offering guaranteed Canada visa services, but when it comes to visa, nothing is guaranteed or permanent and mostly these companies are fake or make fool out of people.

Its very important to understand the basics how you can apply Canada visa, especially their visitor visa. Once you know that, then opting for professional assistance services will be easy and convenient as you will know the person/organization offering their services is not selling fake hopes and giving the appropriate help which may be required for your case. Alternatively, you can also apply it yourself. But if you are first timers and don’t have any prior travel history, then its always advisable to go with professional help

Type of Canada Tourist Visa

There are 2 types of Tourist visa for Canada:

  • Visitor Visa (For tourism and Sightseeing)
  • Visitor Visa (For Visiting Family, Friends/acquaintance)

Type of Visa Applications

  • Online Application
  • Paper based application (offline)

The paper-based application is preferred one most widely used in India due to its convenience.

Biometrics Facts:

  • If you are applying for Visitor visa first time, then you need to give Biometrics and take appointment slot online for that at VFS Global website.
  • If you have already applied for Visitor visa before and have received a valid visa for which you have given Biometrics earlier (post Nov 2018), then you don’t need to apply for Biometrics again for next 10 years.
  • If you applied for visa before, given your biometrics, but visa got rejected. Then you need to track your biometrics validity through UCI (unique client Identifier) no. which is given in your refusal letter given by the consulate earlier.
  • If you are not required to give biometrics, then you can simply visit the application center during their business hours (without any prior appointment).

All about Visa Fees:

    • Visitor Visa Fees per person = 100 CAD (Rs 5,260 equivalent)
    • Biometrics Fees per person = 85 CAD (Rs 4,470 equivalent)
    • Assisted Service fees per person (for paper applications) = Rs 395

    The above 3 fees are usually mandatory fees charge for your visa application. Please consider some extra buffer price for currency exchange charge levied by the banks.

    Besides, if you are not required to give biometrics, then in case of Biometrics fees states above, you would need to provide:

    • Package Transmission fees (per package) = Rs 441

    Furthermore, there are optional services which you can opt at VFS application center as below:

    • One-way courier Service (Per package) = Rs 479
    • Short Message Service (SMS) Per applicant = Rs 132

How to pay the Visa fees?

There are 2 ways of paying visa fees:

  • Pay application fees online at official Canada Immigration website by creating your online account.
  • Pay directly at VFS center – In this, VFS pay online on your behalf using their official Corporate cards and attach their payment receipt. You then have to pay (ONLY IN CASH) at their cash counters. For this there charge extra service fees of about Rs 213 (including GST).

In the second payment mode, one has to keep in mind that if VFS try to pay the fees online on your behalf and the consulate website server is down by any chance, then you may have to visit the center again for second time. While for online mode, you can save time to pay when the server is performing well.

Visa Application Process

For visa application process, you have to first register online at the Canada Immigration website and fill out their application form very carefully and pay the fees there itself.

List of all forms related to your visa Application

  • Temporary Resident Visitor Visa Application form (IMM5257E): you have to fill online, validate it, take form as well as bar code printouts. You also need to have the latest Adobe upgrade version DC Aug 2019 (19.012.20040) other you may find difficulty opening it.
  • Family information form (IMM5707): Applicable for age above 18, can fill both online or manually with BLACK INK only.
  • VFS consent Forms: 2 copies required, can be filled manually by black or blue ink
  • Schedule 1 form (IMM5257B): Applicable for navy or army background.
  • Use of representative form (IMM5476): If someone else going for the submission on behalf of applicant.
  • Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union (IMM5409): In case of non-married couples applying, they should have lived together at least one year, have intermingled financial and other affairs.
  • Authority to Release Personal Information to a Designated Individual (IMM 5475): If you want your spouse, family member or friend to check your application on your behalf.

Visa Documents Checklist

   1. General for all applicants

  • Valid Passport (include old, expired passports), should be valid of proposed travel duration, 2 blank pages minimum.
  • Photocopy of front and back page of passport.
  • For Minors: – traveling without parents/legal guardians – authorization letter signed by both parents/legal Guardians.
  • For Minors: – traveling with 1 parent/legal guardian – authorization letter signed by another + photocopy of passport/Aadhar including their photo and signature.
  • IMM5257B form (if applicable)
  • Family Information Form (IMM 5707), fully completed and signed. Should be filled by black pen only.

   2. If one has prior US/Canada travel visa and history (in last 10 years), with travel stamps, financial proof is not needed.

   3. Visiting Family or Friends:

      – Proof of Financial Support

  • ITR (2 years)
  • Bank statements (6 months)
  • Employment letter, Pay slips, Pension proof, Business registration, Investment’s, etc.
  • Property proof/ personal net worth.

      – If sponsored trip:

  • Letter signed by sponsor paying + their passport photocopy + bank certificate proving sufficient funds. Bank statements (6 months)
  • Proof of sponsor relationship with applicant Investment’s, etc.
  • Above documents dated within 3 months of submission.

      – If you are Employed:

  • NOC [should include name, position, current salary, date of hire, employer’s (name, address, telephone number)]

      – If Retired:

  • Retirement certificate indicating amount of your pension.

      – If Students traveling outside of school holidays:

  • School letter confirming your standing reputation and approved absence leaves.

      – Invitee in Canada:

  • Invitation Letter (indicating purpose and duration of visit)
  • List showing no. of people in their household.
  • A copy of their immigration/citizenship documents.
  • Income & Financial proofs, includes – NOA (Notice of Assessments), employment letters, pay stubs, bank statements.
  • If inviter student, acceptance letter/ good standing of school.
  • If visiting family, proof of relationship with Canadian invitee (birth certificate, copy of marriage certificate etc.)

   4. Tourism and sightseeing:

      – Detailed Itinerary (including proof of air tickets and hotel booking)

      – Proof of Financial Support:

  • ITR (2 years)
  • Bank statements (6 months)
  • Employment letter, Pay slips, Pension proof, Business registration, Investment’s, etc.
  • Property proof/ personal net worth.

      – If sponsored trip:

  • Letter signed by sponsor paying + their passport photocopy + bank certificate proving sufficient funds. Bank statements (6 months)
  • Proof of sponsor relationship with applicant Investment’s, etc.
  • Above documents dated within 3 months of submission.

      –  If you are Employed:

  • NOC [should include name, position, current salary, date of hire, employer’s (name, address, telephone number)]

      – If Retired:

  • Retirement certificate indicating amount of your pension.

      – If Students traveling outside of school holidays:

  • School letter confirming your standing reputation and approved absence leaves.

VFS – Visa application center

Anyone from any state/city can apply all over Indian VFS center without any region-based restrictions. For scheduling appointments, you can either do it online or by phone or even chat system on their website. For people who don’t require biometrics, they can simply walk in anytime during business hours without any prior appointments.

Conclusion

Canada Visitor/Tourist visa process is not that complicated if you wish to do It yourself. What more important is how you prepare your documents and your covering letters. Every document you prepare and propose should contain all necessary elements which is required for visa officer in order to give your visa approval. In particular, your financials and strong reasons that you are willing to return back to your home country.

I always advise people to hire professionals. Doing it yourself may call for some unexpected errors which is usually covered by experience. But obviously that doesn’t mean not just hire any visa agent, but who understand the process and have prior experiences of dealing with different type of cases.

If you need my professional support, we also provide Canada visa assistance service for a very nominal pricing, the details of which you can find here: Canada Visa

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VISITOR VISA

(Tourism, Visting spouse, blood relatives, friends/acquaintances etc. - Stay upto 6 months)

₹ 3,000 / Person

  • ✓ Complete Visa Application
  • ✓ Guided Visa Checklist
  • ✓ Personal covering Letter
  • ✓ No Objection/consent Draft Letter for Employed/Self-Employed/Sponser
  • ✓ Family Information Form
  • ✓ Any other Visa Forms applicable to case
  • ✓ Day-by-Day Detailed Travel Itinerary
  • ✓ Take Biometrics & Visa Interview Appointments on your behalf.
  • ✓ All day-time working Support (7 days)
  • X Consulate & VFS Biometric Fees not included
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BUSINESS VISA

(Participation in conferences, events of commercial, industrial or professional nature - Stay Upto 6 Months)

₹ 3,000 / Person

  • ✓ Complete Visa Application
  • ✓ Guided Visa Checklist
  • ✓ Personal covering Letter
  • ✓ No Objection/consent Draft Letter for Employed/Self-Employed/Sponser
  • ✓ Family Information Form
  • ✓ Any other Visa Forms applicable to case
  • ✓ Day-by-Day Detailed Travel Itinerary
  • ✓ Take Biometrics & Visa Interview Appointments on your behalf.
  • ✓ All day-time working Support (7 days)
  • X Consulate & VFS Biometric Fees not included
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TRANSIT VISA

(For Persons transiting through Canada)

₹ 3,000 / Person

  • ✓ Complete Visa Application
  • ✓ Guided Visa Checklist
  • ✓ Personal covering Letter
  • ✓ No Objection/consent Draft Letter for Employed/Self-Employed/Sponser
  • ✓ Family Information Form
  • ✓ Any other Visa Forms applicable to case
  • ✓ Take Biometrics & Visa Interview Appointments on your behalf.
  • ✓ All day-time working Support (7 days)
  • X Consulate & VFS Biometric Fees not included
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SUPER VISA

(if you are visiting children or grandchildren who are citizens or permanent residents of Canada for an extended stay of up to 2 years)

₹ 3,000 / Person

  • ✓ Complete Visa Application
  • ✓ Guided Document List (as per your case)
  • ✓ Personal covering Letter
  • ✓ Advise on arranging proofs on medical examination & help locating the Authorized Panel Physician
  • ✓ Family Information Form
  • ✓ Any other Visa Forms applicable to case
  • ✓ Take Biometrics & Visa Interview Appointments on your behalf.
  • ✓ All day-time working Support (7 days)
  • X Exclude Private Medical Insurance from CANADIAN insurance Company
  • X Consulate & VFS Biometric Fees not included
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key facts

Processing Time

Average processing time is 15 working days (excluding the day of application submission) to complete the visa process. Its can also extend up-to 30-45 days depending on individual cases.

single/multiple entry

Depending on the type of your visa, you will be allowed to enter once (single entry) or multiple times (multiple entry).

visa validity

A stay of up to 6 months for tourism or visiting friends/acquaintance. Decision solely depends upon Embassy.

CONSULTATE VISA FEE

The consulate fees is not included in the our visa assistance cost and to be paid seperately. 

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

Valid Passport (include old)

Should be valid for proposed travel duration, 2 blank pages minimum.

Proof of Financial Support

ITR Copies, Bank statements, Employment letters Pay slips, Pension proofs, Business registration, Investments, Property papers etc.

IF, invitee in Canada

Autorized Invitation letter,, copy of their citizenship documents, income and financial proofs, NOA (Notice of Assements) etc.

If US/Canada travel histroy

If you have any previous US/CANADA travel history in past 10 years, then you don’t need to provide financial proof documents.

If sponsored Trip

Signed Sponsor Letter with their Passport copies, their bank certificate providing sufficient funds, proof of relationship with applicant etc.

If Students traveling

School Letter confirming your standing reputation and approved absence leaves.

Family Information Form

Fully completed and signed by the applicant. The form should be filled by black pen only.

If you are Employed

NOC (No Objection Certificate) – should include details like name, position, current salary, date of hire, employer’s details.

For Tourism/Sightseeing

Detailed Itinerary (including proof of air tickets and hotel booking)

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FAQs

frequently asked questions

No. We usually provide 2 options to our client.

  • You can either send us the required documents through courier, we will prepare your entire case and courier you the documents back. (Our courier charges have to be paid extra).
  • Second option is we can send all our draft and checklist through email and we can explain everything on phone, Whatsapp or email. (support service will vary as per selected pricing)

A single-entry visa allows you to enter the Canada for only one time and get expires as soon as you exit Canada. However, a multiple-entry visa allows your to enter multiple times.

No. Both consulate fees and our assistance fees are non-refundable.

Yes, We will let you know in case any documents are required for minor.

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What are dummy flight tickets? Can you use them for Schengen Visa?

What are dummy flight tickets? Can you use them for Schengen Visa?

Most of time people get confused when they read about the use of Dummy Flight tickets especially while applying for Schengen visa. Some of the questions which originate in everyone mind is:

  • Are Dummy tickets real or fake?
  • Are they legally allowed to use in Schengen visa application?
  • How and where to book these tickets?
  • Can you book them without paying money?
  • Are they similar to what is provided by airlines as hold tickets for 1-3 days?

There are many fears and doubts for people concerning the authenticity of these dummy tickets and how and where to actually validate this? as mostly everyone they come across have different answers. Also, there are people who simply get lucky using wrong dummy tickets and they then advise others to simply follow the process what they did. But, what is the correct process then to buy or arrange such tickets?

In order to understand this, we need to first understand the concept of dummy flight tickets.

What is Dummy Flight Ticket?

A dummy flight tickets is simply a flight ticket showing actual details of flight journey which is confirmed but not yet issued to the customer. Unlike a fake ticket, a dummy flight ticket holds a valid PNR which are verifiable directly on Airline websites for which you have hold the booking.

How can you check difference between Dummy flight tickets and fake flight tickets?

A dummy flight ticket is basically a temporary hold ticket with a valid PNR & Reservation code (which can be verified by embassy) while a fake flight ticket does not have either nor an e-ticket number.

Are Dummy Flight tickets accepted in Schengen Visa Applications?

Yes, Dummy flight tickets are officially accepted for Schengen visa application, however, some countries within Schengen zone where you are applying your visa, may require you to furnish actual flight confirmed reservation, so it is very important to select the right itinerary and right embassy at the same time.

Some examples of countries among Schengen area accepting dummy or temporary hold flight booking.

  1. Finland: officially ask for Travel plan/Itinerary, so a dummy ticket would suffice that.
  2. France: officially ask for Reservation of a return ticket or travel itinerary, dummy tickets works here.
  3. Estonia: officially mentions that tickets should be bought only after visa has been issued.
  4. Luxembourg: officially mentions either reservation or tickets. (so, hold ticket reservation works)
  5. Netherlands: specifically mentions they don’t need a ticket (dummy flight ticket works)

These are just few examples of embassies which already accepts dummy flight ticket options, however, depending on your itinerary, you may have to find if the respective embassy you are putting your application, ask for only reservation or an actual flight booking! (as it may differ from country to country within Schengen states).

Now, we know that dummy flight tickets are widely accepted for visa applications, lets find out how to find and look for while buying these dummy tickets.

What to look for while buying dummy tickets?

Before I explain you soon from where you get these dummy tickets, you have to first know how these tickets hold period works. These dummy tickets are basically reserved and hold by the authorized travel agents. The official processing time for a Schengen visa is usually 14-15 business days, so ideally the hold time for these tickets should minimum of 2 weeks from the date they are processed in the system.

However, there could be many agents who can hold it for a small period only such as 1 -2 days or sometimes 3 and they automatically get cancel within the system. (You must have seen this while booking air tickets online either by airlines or sometimes by third-party portals). Most of such customer buying these tickets have little or no idea about the impact it may cause on their visa application and by the time a visa officer checks their applications and wishes to check the validity of the reservation, the PNR or the Reservation Code may not work by that time and can cause suspicion especially for first time travelers.

Most people do such mistakes that in order to spend less money on visa assistance services provide by travel agents providing supercheap mouth-watering prices, they go for buying such tickets and end up getting visa rejections. What they don’t understand is they end up wasting more money on the embassy and VFS fees all total.

You may by this time also probably think, that you may have come across other people who too have bought and used such cheap services and even got breakthrough for visa approvals. Well in simple terms some people get lucky, because mostly visa officer is already convinced by either their strong travel history, or strong financials or simply official strong reasons to return to home country. In such cases, they sometimes don’t care to check the authenticity of such tickets. But, first time travelers can’t simply afford to take such risk!

Where to buy dummy flight tickets?

We finally arrive to the point to know how and where can we buy such dummy tickets. Some of you may even ask, can we can get them actually free without paying single penny? Well you can but then as I mentioned little earlier, they can simply be exhausted in a day or two only. But the right answer is, it is something which cannot be done free of charge. But for small extra fees, you can get the right booking which can work best for your application.

There are two main ways of buying dummy tickets:

  1. Buy from a reliable travel agent.
  2. Buy directly online.

While searching online for right companies or right travel agents can be really time consuming. So, in this place, I suggest you go for directly with our company at @DreamsVoyager. Its easy and hassle free to book and pay online. 

Besides, the team also offers to provide free visa consultation and can suggest you the best way to prepare your travel plans and bookings. However, if you wish to opt for hassle free detailed Schengen visa assistance, you can also purchase our Schengen visa assistance packages here @Schengen Visa

Conclusion

Dummy flight tickets are one of the best ways to use against flight reservations especially when applying Schengen visa as it cost effective and save you a lot of money and tension. But at the same time, knowing the right approach and process is utmost essential thing and helps you get right visa approvals!

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How difficult is to get Schengen Visa for first time from India?

How difficult is it to get Schengen Visa for the first time?

Almost every day I receive calls from people across all over India asking me out on the fears and possibilities of applying Schengen visa for the first time. Most of the questions I get:

  • I have never been outside India before; do I have chances to get it?
  • I have only been to Asia countries like Thailand, Dubai etc., do I have chances to get it?
  • I only have ITR for current year but don’t have ITR for previous years, will that be problem?
  • My official financial are less, but I can still afford, can I get the visa?
  • My family members can sponsor my trip, will that support my visa case?
  • I am self-employed but don’t have business registrations, can I build visa case?

I can keep on going and the questions can be literally endless. Thousands of people apply for Schengen visa from India ever month and its popularity are just increasing day by day.

Visa Questions

At the same time, you will also come across many heart-broken people when they receive visa refusal decisions and their dreams of visiting Europe are shattered in a single blow. It feels so bad knowing that even you can afford, knowing that all you wanted was to just travel your dream destination and come back to you home country to share the experiences back with family and friends and even though you were simply not allowed.  

Its true its feel sad, but one has to also understand that there are literally thousands of other fake cases which are applied from India just on the pretext of going there and overstaying and that why the consulate officials are very particular about checking your documentation in the strictest yet efficient manner.

But again, in order to be efficient, one first need to understand the concept of Schengen visa.

Brief about Schengen Visa

The Schengen Visa allows you to travel 26 countries. It is now widely known to most of the people in India. The steps are pretty much straight forward, you collect all your documents as per their document’s checklist, fill your application, assemble all your documents and submit them in VFS Global center closest your city.

In addition, there are two different way to prepare your case:

  • One way is to do actual prepaid bookings (Actual flight, hotel etc.) and submit with your other financial and employment documents.
  • Second is do only do temporary hold bookings, in which the money saving is pretty solid.

The second way is acceptable in most of Schengen embassies within 26 countries but few countries may expect you give completely secured bookings. (This is something you need to double check before you apply).

Moreover, there are two different way to prepare your itinerary:

  • If your plan being actual planned already, you can pick that Itinerary.
  • Or pick an indicative itinerary based on selecting the right best fit embassy for you.

The second step I usually recommend to most of the people. Since your travel plans within Schengen can change even after getting your visa, so its not a problem explaining the same to immigration officer and he also understand that very well.

How to get Schengen visa for the first-time applicant?

Now as you have understood the basic concept, lets point out on how first timers can get their visa approval chances almost close to 100%.

  • Get your financials in place. Your ITR’s and bank statements plays a very important role in this. Your ITR’s gross income easily defines whether you can afford your trip or not. If you have ITR filed below 5-6 lacs, only plan 5 days trip. If you have 10 lacs, then a week trip. Likewise, the more you have the more no. of days you can plan. But If you are sponsoring your family trip, then you need to have more income filed in your ITR to fund their trip as well. If you are parents/family members are sponsoring, then financial should easily justify your trip.
  • You bank statement should not show sudden big cash transactions. It won’t work and would add negative to your case. Your cash flows in your bank statement should be justifiable as per your professional background.
  • You can also support your financials by adding your credit cards statements & audited balance sheets showing your immovable assets (if you are self-employed).
  • The next part is your employment documents. For people employed they should properly arrange their NOC (No Objection certificate) & last 3-6 months’ pay slips and keep in mind that all the documents should have necessary information about your position in current organization, joining dates, your entitled leaves of vacations and when will you be resuming back again. You can also attach your first and large page of your work contracts as it may also help.
  • For Self-employed, they company registration (GST certificates, if not then Shop and establishment registration or other government associations like chamber of commerce etc.) You need to also show your current bank statements as well. For Independent consultants, their contracts with the companies they are working or any other documents showing that you have professional ties back to your home country.
  • Your social ties are another important thing. If you are traveling with family then your relationship proofs, if you are visiting friends then their invitations letters along proof of your friendship such as photographs of event you have attended together etc.
  • Next comes is your documents related to travel. Your temporary flight ticket should have verifiable PNR number, your hotel vouchers should be genuine, if you can show your pre-paid vouchers of local travel plans, it will be an added benefit. You should also show a nicely designed day-by-day Itinerary which will support your vouchers and plans and will give confidence of your knowledge and Genuity to the visa officer.
  • Last but not the least, write your covering letters properly. Every visa officer reads your covering letter but at the same time they are very short on time checking every single application, so you have to make it short and precise summarizing all important points about your travel. In addition, you should also show your inter-Schengen destinations and their schedule.

Conclusion

If you are confident enough in preparing all the above documents in right professional manner then you should do the entire documentation yourself and you will definitely get your visa. But even then, I still always advise to hire a professional. The reason I say this always because when I started traveling myself, I did many such mistakes and learned from them eventually. Even though I had a keen passion of learning and understanding everything in details, I then lacked the experience in beginning which later came with time. So, if you can afford, hire a professional but find the right one who knows and have the understanding of preparing your case properly.

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Everything is achievable even for the first timers if one has right understanding and knowledge to do it. Europe is full of amazing destinations and I share my best wishes for all those who are planning their trip soon to Europe. Don’t discuss much with other people, just follow the right logical mindset and go with it!

If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to leave your comments and I will be happy to respond them as soon as possible!

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How to apply for Australia Tourist Visa from India?

How to apply for Australia Tourist Visa from India?

Australia offers various visa type and categories, among which one of the famous one is their Tourist visa.

Tourist Visa Type: Visitor visa (subclass 600)

This visa allows you to visit Australia either for Tourism or to Visit Family or friends. Your can stay upto a maximum of 12 months but it depends entirely upon the wish of visa officers how long he wants to offer you the maximum duration possible and its also based on your past travel history and financial records.

Mode of Visa Application

Both online and offline modes can be used for applying visa. However, online process is more recommendable option.

Cost and Processing Time

If you wish to apply online, then you can pay the embassy fees in advance which cost AUD 145. (Equivalent to Rs 7,600) per applicant. There is VFS fees of (Rs 1,248) per applicant which you would have to pay directly at VFS center where you will go for Application. The average processing time is 18-24 days and can even extend to 30-45 days.

What is VFC Global and their role in Visa?

They are middle persons between the applicant and the embassy. The embassy outsourced their visa documentation handling process to them, where they manage all the documentation and passport collections and coordinating back and forth with consulates and embassy. This is where the applicant will submit their documents.

Documents required for Australia Visa:

When it comes to documents, there are 2 main important universal points which you have to keep in mind. First – reason to justify you have enough financial means to support your trip, and Second – reasons to justify you will come back after completing the trip. If you can convince these 2 points to visa officer checking your case, then 100% chance you will get your visa!

Following are the list of standard/default documents, but its can vary from case to case:

  1. Valid Passport (also included previous one if any)
  2. Proof of name change (such as Marriage certificates)
  3. National Identity card/no. (Aadhar/ Pan card etc.)
  4. Notarized copies of your passport.
  5. Passport size Photo (2 recent – 45mm x 35mm)
  • Should have head and shoulders against plain background.
  • Name should be printed at back.
  1. If Visiting family/friends – Invitation letter, evidence of relationship and their passport.
  2. Complete visa application form (document also need to be attached online)
  3. Family composition form and evidences (proof of showing all family members applying)
  4. Covering Letter of the applicant (This is very important and should be simple, crisp and precise to the point)
  5. Flight Reservations (round-trip): We always recommend to use Actual confirmed tickets as the processing time can take up to 1 month (hold/dummy ticket wont work).
  6. Proof of Accommodation: Hotel Bookings
  7. Evidence of planned tourist activities in Australia (this is also required and works best if you could include)
  8. Travel medical insurance: (It is not that mandatory but always better to include)
  9. Detailed Travel Plan and itinerary
  10. Proof of Employment/Financial documents:
  • If Employed (NOC, pay slips, employment contracts, Bank statements, ITR etc.)
  • If self Employed (Business registration, bank statements, ITRs, Audit reports etc.)
  • For freelancers, retired persons, Students or Unemployed some additional documents may vary and will depend on case to case.
  1. Proof of sufficient means: Credit card copies, Foreign exchange endorsements etc.
  2. For Minors, written consent of parents or legal guardians along with their identity documents such as Aadhar/Pan card etc.)
  3. Previous travel history visa copies if you have any (particular USA/ Canada/ Europe).
  4. If the applicant is intending to stay more than 3 months: Chest X-Ray and medical Certificate.
  5. If the applicant age is more than 75 years: medical requirements from panel doctors after getting instructions from embassy.

Australia need you to check if you need to have Health examination:

Log in to Immi Account, go to your application, click on the ‘View health assessment’ link in the Applications Status section. If you need you to have health examinations, you will find a link there called ‘Organize health examinations’. There will be no link if we don’t need you to have health examinations. Click on the link and complete your medical history. When you complete your medical history, you will be given a referral letter containing an identifier call a HAP ID. You need the HAP ID to arrange your health examinations.

Visa Appointments and Submission

You need to submit all your documents at your closest VFS center with a prior appointment. Some points to know before booking it online:

  • Only one appointment can be booked per passport.
  • For example, if you are a family of 4 (2 adults + 2 child), you make 4 individual appointments.
  • You should arrive 10 minutes before your appointment slots.
  • For large groups traveling together, you have to contact the call center to book your appointments.

Passport Collections

For collections, you can either opt for courier services (which are paid) or simply visit the VFS center once you get a notification of receipt of passport at VFS.

For Australia visa, documentation is the right key, the more accurate your documents are, the best case of approval you get. If you for any chance feel little less confident in preparing the above documents, we always recommend to hire a professional to prepare your case. (But obviously, finding the right professional agent/consultant also matters a lot).

For this we recommend to try our services with DreamsVoyager. We are team of professional travelers who knows the challenges an average traveler faces daily especially when its come visa applications and very well knows how to recommend the perfect approach in order to built the best case for approvals! For more details regarding booking and pricing, kindly click on the link given below:

For professional support, we also provide Australia visa assistance service.

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Australia is one the major tourist destination and people from all around the world visit there. Having an Australian visa also adds to your international travel history and helps you increase chances of getting visa from other countries as well. So dont hesitate, if your case is genuine and you wish to plan a trip soon then don’t need to wait anymore and apply for Australian Tourist Visa right away! 🙂

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Australia Visa

Australia VISA (from India)

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visa options

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TOURIST VISA

(visit Australia as a tourist, to go on a cruise or to see family and friends - Stay upto 12 months)

₹ 3,000 / Person

  • ✓ Complete Visa Application
  • ✓ Guided Visa Checklist
  • ✓ Personal covering Letter
  • ✓ No Objection/consent Draft Letter for Employed/Self-Employed/Sponser
  • ✓ All Visa Forms applicable to case
  • ✓ Invitation Letter Draft for Invitee in Australia
  • ✓ Guided Document list for Invitee in Australia
  • ✓ Day-by-Day Detailed Travel Itinerary
  • ✓ All day-time working Support (7 days)
  • X Consulate Or VFS Fees not included
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Business Visa

(Participation in conferences, events of commercial, industrial or professional nature - Stay Upto 3 Months)

₹ 3,000 / Person

  • ✓ Complete Visa Application
  • ✓ Guided Visa Checklist
  • ✓ Personal covering Letter
  • ✓ No Objection/consent Draft Letter for Employed/Self-Employed/Sponser
  • ✓ Business Invitation Letter Draft (indicating purpose and duration of visit)
  • ✓ All Visa Forms applicable to case
  • ✓ All day-time working Support (7 days)
  • X Consulate Or VFS Fees not included
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transit visa

(transit through Australia for no longer than 72 hours)

₹ 3,000 / Person

  • ✓ Complete Visa Application
  • ✓ Guided Visa Checklist
  • ✓ Personal covering Letter
  • ✓ No Objection/consent Draft Letter for Employed/Self-Employed/Sponser
  • ✓ Any other Visa Forms applicable to case
  • ✓ All day-time working Support (7 days)
  • X Consulate Or VFS Fees not included
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Medical treatment visa

(travel to or remain longer in Australia for medical treatment or to support someone needing medical treatment who holds or has applied for this visa)

₹ 3,000 / Person

  • ✓ Complete Visa Application
  • ✓ Guided Medical treatment documents list
  • ✓ Personal covering Letter
  • ✓ Any other Visa Forms applicable to case
  • ✓ Invitation Letter Drafts (as per your case)
  • ✓ All day-time working Support (7 days)
  • X Consulate Or VFS Fees not included
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key facts

Processing Time

Requires minimum 18-24 working days (excluding the day of application submission) to complete the visa process. Its can also extend up-to 30-45 days at times.

single/multiple entry

Depending on the type of your visa, you will be allowed to enter once (single entry) or multiple times (multiple entry).

visa validity

A stay of up to 12 months for tourism or visiting friends/acquaintance. Decision solely depends upon Embassy.

CONSULTATE VISA FEE

The consulate fees is not included in the our visa assistance cost and to be paid seperately. 

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

Passport-size colour photograph

Size: (45mm & 35mm) with plain background. Name of the applicant to be printed on the back of each photograph.

Financial Proof (Employed)

Last 3 month’s salary slips and last 3 month’s salary bank account statements. Last 3 month’s personal bank account statements. Personal Indian Income Tax Return for the last 2 assessment years.

If, Invited in Australia

Autorized Invitation letter, copy of their citizenship documents, income and financial proofs, Tax assesments copies etc.

Valid national passport Copies

Copies of Valid national passport issued within the last 10 years and with at least 3 months validity after the scheduled return; with at least two blank pages. Handwritten passports and passports with observations regarding the front page (bio data) cannot be accepted.

Financial Proof (Self-Employed)

Business registration certificate / Partnership Deed / Proof of proprietorship, or other proof of ownership. Last 3 month’s personal & business bank account statements. Company’s Indian Income Tax Return for the last 2 assessment years.

If Students traveling

School Letter confirming your standing reputation and approved absence leaves.

Previous passport/s copies

Previous passport/s if any 

Financial Proof (If retired)

Pension statements for the last 3 months. Proof of regular income generated by ownership of property or business.

Financial Proof (If unemployed)

Parents or legal guardians must provide their personal bank account statements for the past 3 months, personal income tax returns for last 2 years along with a confirmation letter of financial support and a copy of their passports.

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FAQs

frequently asked questions

No. We usually provide 2 options to our client.

  • You can either send us the required documents through courier, we will prepare your entire case and courier you the documents back. (Our courier charges have to be paid extra).
  • Second option is we can send all our draft and checklist through email and we can explain everything on phone, Whatsapp or email. (support service will vary as per selected pricing)

A single-entry visa allows you to enter the Australia for only one time and get expires as soon as you exit Australia. However, a multiple-entry visa allows your to enter multiple times.

No. Both consulate fees and our assistance fees are non-refundable.

Yes, We will let you know in case any documents are required for minor.

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Schengen Visa Hacks & Secrets!

Schengen Visa Hacks & Secrets!

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Schengen Visa hacks and serets!

Thousands  of people apply every day for Schengen visa from all over the world with a hope to visit the charms of Europe. Some get lucky while most get disappointed when the visa is rejected. And among the rejected are not just people with not good financial background, but even for those who earns top monthly income figures. But Why does it happen?

If you first wish to know the basics of applying Schengen visa, then kindly visit here. In this post, I would like to share some important facts, secrets or insights on how to get your schengen visa in smart & easy ways.

Vist First, Travel After.

Don't purchase actual flight/hotel/packages before getting your visa! Apply first your schengen visa with temporary bookings for a small additional fee. For pricing details, click on the title above.

Select countries where fully confirmed flight reservations not required.

Some countries don't require fully confirmed flight tickets, but some do. So always select those where only temporary booking and travel itinerary is required.

Book Multi-City Flight tickets for Intra-Schengen Reservations (If Required)

If for some reasons, you wish to show Intra-Schengen transportation reservation, the best trick is to show multi-city flight booking covering each flight leg including your travel cities within Schengen area. For Pricing, click on the title.

Show Personal Net worth & Assets to boost your financials.

A single page summary for your personal assets proving your home and other property as well other immovable assets. All this will definitely boost your financials.

Show Previous Travel History

If you have traveled previously to USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Japan or even South Korea, add their visa copies and stamp copies along with your application. It will strengthen trust and confidence with visa officer against reasons to come back.

Pick Embassy, not destination.

Pick Embassy with fastest processing and approval cycle. It always varies from each embassy's individual consulate spread across different regions. So pick wisely.

Select Countries where Intra-Schengen Reservations Not required

Some countries requires Intra-Schengen transportation reservations while some don't. Select preferably those which only required travel plan and international temporary reservations.

Always Show Credit Card Copies

It Is always wise to Show credit card copies with credit limit summary. The limits automatically gets added to your required financials along with your saving accounts deposit balance. If you don't have one, apply for a free card now.

Show Foreign Exchange Endorsements.

Show Foreign currency notes or Pre-Paid cards proofs/receipts linked to your passport details. This will again add your financial expectations. You can take your family members help to arrange this (if in case your own savings account deposit balance is less)

Show Prepaid Travel Vouchers!

Pre-Paid travel vouchers such as local city tours, airport transfers etc. can also be attached along with your applications to support your intentions and boost your financials. All these vouchers sometimes come with possibility of free cancellations. Contact your travel agents or on our website to know more about this.

Schengen Visa Documentation can be both easy and difficult if you knows the facts and way to do it properly. If you wish to opt for expert services, you can check our prices and details information by click here.

For Schengen visa, documentation is the right key, the more accurate your documents are, the best case of approval you get. If you for any chance feel little less confident in preparing the above documents, we always recommend to hire a professional to prepare your case. (But obviously, finding the right professional agent/consultant also matters a lot).

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Japan VISA (from India)

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tourist VISA

(Sightseeing, Visting spouse, blood relatives, friends/acquaintances etc. - Stay upto 90 days)

₹ 3,000 / Person

  • ✓ Complete Visa Application
  • ✓ Guided Visa Checklist
  • ✓ Personal covering Letter
  • ✓ No Objection/consent Draft Letter for Employed/Self-Employed/Sponser
  • ✓ Any other Visa Forms applicable to case
  • ✓ Day-by-Day Detailed Travel Itinerary
  • ✓ All day-time working Support (7 days)
  • X Consulate & VFS Biometric Fees not included
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business visa

(Participaton in meeting, Business affairs, cultural exchange, sports exchange etc. - Stay Upto 90 days)

₹ 3,000 / Person

  • ✓ Complete Visa Application
  • ✓ Guided Visa Checklist
  • ✓ Personal covering Letter
  • ✓ No Objection/consent Draft Letter for Employed/Self-Employed/Sponser
  • ✓ Day-by-Day Detailed Travel Itinerary
  • ✓ Any other Visa Forms applicable to case
  • ✓ All day-time working Support (7 days)
  • X Consulate & VFS Biometric Fees not included
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key facts

Processing Time

Requires minimum 4 working days (excluding the day of application submission) to complete the visa process.

single/multiple entry

Depending on the type of your visa, you will be allowed to enter once (single entry) or multiple times (multiple entry).

visa validity

A stay of up to 90 days for tourism, business, attending conference, visiting friends/acquaintance, etc., that does not include paid activities

CONSULTATE VISA FEE

The consulate fees is not included in the our visa assistance cost and to be paid seperately. 

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

Passport-size colour photograph

Size: 45mm&45mm (2 inches & 2 inches) with white background

Documents to prove kinship

Visiting Relatives…Birth certificate, Marriage certificate, Certified copy of the family register,etc. or Visiting acquaintances/friends…Photos, Letters, E-mails, Bills for international phone calls, etc.

Proof of sufficient funds

Proof of sufficient funds to defray all the expenses while in Japan – A certificate of income or tax payment issued by a public agency and Certificate of deposit balance.

Documents for the Guarantor

Finanical documents with respective category.

Flight & Hotel Confirmation

Confirmation slip, certificate, or other documents toprove reservation of air or ship boarding ticket.

For Tourism/Sightseeing

Detailed Itinerary (including proof of air tickets and hotel booking)

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FAQs

frequently asked questions

No. We usually provide 2 options to our client.

  • You can either send us the required documents through courier, we will prepare your entire case and courier you the documents back. (Our courier charges have to be paid extra).
  • Second option is we can send all our draft and checklist through email and we can explain everything on phone, Whatsapp or email. (support service will vary as per selected pricing)

A single-entry visa allows you to enter the Japan for only one time and get expires as soon as you exit Japan. However, a multiple-entry visa allows your to enter multiple times.

No. Both consulate fees and our assistance fees are non-refundable.

Yes, We will let you know in case any documents are required for minor.

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Schengen Visa Guide for Indian Passport Holder

Schengen Visa Guide for Indian Passport Holder

Being a frequent traveler to Europe, I have received tons of questions about getting a Schengen Visa. It’s quite expected.

Europe is a dream destination for several, and the Schengen Visa is probably the most complicated or if well known, the most easiest visa.

In this blog, I’ll try to answer the questions I have been asked the most, as promptly as I can. However, on a NOTE that I am writing based only as per my own experiences. The goal is to help other applicants/travelers to have a better picture of the process. But I encourage you to still contact us for more effortless process.

WHAT’S COVERED IN THIS GUIDE?

  • What is a Schengen Visa?
  • What are the Schengen countries?
  • Embassy to which I lodge my visa application?
  • What are the requirements?
  • What is the application process? What are the steps?
  • Do we ought to book flights before applying for a visa?
  • Is travel insurance really necessary?
  • Where to get travel insurance?
  • Can I book hotels on my own?
  • What does a detailed itinerary look like?
  • Validity of the visa?
  • Am I able to visit countries that don’t seem to be within the itinerary I submitted?
  • If my application is approved, do I even have to stay to the itinerary I submitted?
  • Is a cover letter required?
  • Are embassies really strict?
  • Is there an interview?
  • What are the questions raise at the interview?
  • How early to  apply for a Schengen visa?
  • How soon the visa is obtained after application?
  • what proportion cash to have within the bank for  visa?

What is a Schengen Visa?

The Schengen Visa is a travel document that permits the holder to enter any of the twenty six states that includes Schengen territory.

Its like a virtually all-access pass to several countries in Europe,  within the Schengen zone and it eliminates the hassle to apply for a visa for each individual country.

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Czech Republic

  • Denmark

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • France

  • Germany

  • Greecea

  • Hungary

  • Iceland

  • Italy
  • Sweden
  • Latvia

  • Liechtenstein

  • Lithuania

  • Luxemborg

  • Malta

  • Netherlands

  • Norway

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • Spain
  • Switzerland
Schengen-countries

Which embassy should I lodge my visa application?

It will depend upon the aim of your trip or your overall European itinerary.

The rule is:

  • If you’re visiting only one country, apply at the embassy of that country.
  • If you’re visiting multiple countries, apply at the embassy of the main destination or the country where you will be staying the longest.

However, some countries have additional rules. It is best to counter-check with the Embassy to be completely positive.

What are the requirements?

List of requirements is right here: https://www.dreamsvoyager.com/schengen-visa/

There are little variations, though, so make sure you check with the embassy that will process your application.

Do we have to be compelled to book flights before applying for a visa?

Don’t book your flights yet. They only require a confirm flight reservations & not your actual flight booking, so don’t pay for your flights yet! Some travel agencies provide dummy tickets  (often for a fee) which you can use for schengen visa (keeping in mind the hold period time for these tickets).

DreamsVoyager is a registered accredited travel agency. You can get flight reservations, hotel reservations, and travel insurance for visa application only. click here for Bookings.

Is travel insurance really necessary?

Where to get travel insurance?

Can I book hotels on my own?

The short answer is YES.

Some embassies, just like the Spain Embassy, needs an extra 15-day coverage on the travel dates you are traveling.

Make sure you recognize these very little rules once buying travel insurance.

You can simply purchase travel insurance online. We recommend a reliable Travel and Medical Insurance fullfiling your visa criteria. 

You can book travel insurance with DreamsVoyager too! Refer the same page we created for Visa Reservations.

Yep. You can book via third-party websites, but book hotels with FREE Cancellation policy so you won’t be wasting money in case your visa gets rejected.

You can also book Hotels for schengen visa direclty here:  Visa Reservations.

What does a detailed itinerary for schengen visa look like?

We have many custom tailor made itineraries in hand.  Book with us to get a curated itinerary based on your requirements which works best for your visa.

Can I visit countries that are not in the itinerary I submitted?

Yes, as long as it is within the Schengen Zone. The itinerary prepared for schengen visa is proposed based on your current travel planning. Your travel plans may improvise later and as far as your are traveling with the schengen states, you can follow the improvised version as well and carry the booking for the same during your travel to show at immigration.

Is a cover letter required?

I extremely encourage you to supply one particularly as usually in schengen visitor visa there is very less chances of personal interview and thus you can justify the aim of your trip much better through documentation. We provide complete documentation including all types of visa letters required for schengen visa including:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Invitation Letter
  3. Sponsor Letter

Are embassies really strict?

yes, but some are more strict than others. For example, in my travel circles, the Italian embassy has more rejection rate, while the French, German and Dutch along with Asutrian embassies are known for being more forgiving and considerate. That’s just according to my own expereinces and may not be true in some cases.

Is there an Interview for Schengen Visitor Visa?

Some embassies conduct a short interview, some don’t. Usually, when third party agents (like VFS in this case) is involved, ther will no longer be an interview required most likely. But if there is a longer stay & embassy has doubts on your documentation or intention, they might call you for interview or requiring further documents. 

Some travelers are usually asked for interview at the embassy if they want more clarifications. It’s best to check with the embassy to be sure. Just answer their questions truthfully and confidently. Never lie as most of the time, they will know.

What are the questions raise at the interivew?

When one of my client applied, these were aksed:

  • What is the purpose of your trip?
  • How long is your trip?
  • How long will you stay in (country)?
  • What is your first stop?
  • What countries are you going to visit?
  • When will you leave?
  • When will you be back?
  • Will this be your first time in Europe?
  • What countries did you visit on your initial trip to Europe and for what purpose?
  • Do you know anyone in (country)?
  • Do you know anyone in any other Schengen country?
  • How are you related to them?
  • How did you meet?
  • With whom are you traveling?
  • How are you related to your companion?
  • What do you do for a living? (Expect a lot of follow up questions about your job.)
  • However long have you ever been along with your company?
  • Does your company know you’re taking this trip?
  • Do you own properties in India (home country)?

Most of the questions were about three main things:

  • The details of the trip, which means you must know your itinerary by heart.
  • Connections to anyone in Europe.
  • Job and your rootedness in home country.

Again, you have to answer every question truthfully and confidently. Note that these are just the common questions, they might still raise loads of alternative queries relavant to your background and application.

How early to apply for shcengen visa?

You can apply upto 6 months before the day of departure. While most embassies are comparitively quick, it is wise to give some time allowance just in case something doesn’t go as planned (E.g. They may ask for additional documents).A month before is even likely to be too tight for the application. 

Two months at least will provide you with enough time to secure all needed focuemnts and fix a haul if rise.

How soon visa is obtained after submitting application?

It depends a lot on the embassy or consulate you are applyng to within schengen states. The French embassy usually released visa within 1 week while other can take upto 2 weeks to even 1 month. It also depends on your case and documentation. 

How much cash to have within the bank for visa approvals?

No one really knows for sure with the minimum amount is, but bear in mind this:- you will be asked to submit flight and reservations along with day-by-day travel itineray and plan.

So here’s the thumb rule you can follow:- add the price of the flight you reserved + the cost of the accomodation + 60 Euro per day. Some embassies need 45 euro per day, some 50, some 55, to be on the safe side, use 60 euro per day per person. Of couse, that can’t be the sole quantity in your account!

How long is the validity of the visa?

Depends on the itinerary you will be submitting and the embassy where you will submit the application. It also depends on how strong and curated your documents are! 

A tourist schengen visa permits third-country nationals to enter into the shengen area for a maximum of 90 days within a 6-month period, under the purpose of traveling or visiting for pleasure.

Conclusion

The Schengen visa might seem vast and complicated, but all you need to do is keep a simple checklist of up-to-date documents ready. Follow the  process mentioned above, and it will automatically seem less confusing. (Do remember to start collecting your documents well in advance of your trip. This will save you a lot of time, effort and panic).

Take a deep breath. We’re here to simplify the entire process. When you apply for for schengen visa with DreamsVoyager, we guide you through the entire process, step by step. Furthermore, we also provide you with a few tips to keep in mind when you start the Schengen visa application process.

This visa is your gateway to all your childhood dreams, to the land of stunning natural beauty, snowy mountains, shimmering blue coastlines, charming cities and more. So, let’s break down the Schengen visa and the process of obtaining one, so you can start booking your trip as soon as possible.

With DreamsVoyager you have a guide by your side. A little bit of research and planning ahead is all it takes. You can then sit back, relax and look forward to the trip of a lifetime!

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