Q: I have never been out of India, so my passport is fresh with no visa. I was wondering if it is hard to get European visa. Has anyone ever been rejected for Schengen visa ? Also which embassy i should i try to get the visa easiest. Italy or France or Spain ? Should i use visa agent ? Also if I have a friend who will host me what should i tell them about my host or still show hotel booking. I asked one of my friends from italy to send me invitation and she says that to send visa invitation they have to open an account on my name with 15000 euros in it.
A: Since you have a fresh passport...you will have an interview with the embassy..now which embassy which depends its not necessary to have a Schengen Visa of the country which is your Entry point .I had an Austrian Schengen Visa but i entered from Amsterdam. I would recommend you to apply in Spain Consulate or Italy. Relatively easy. You should choose which the easiest place to get a visa from is. - German embassy is quite easy and you can apply directly by VFS (i am not sure you really need an agent - they kind of really pile it up).
Show money, show job, show property - reasons for you to come back.
I don’t think that there is a need to show bank account - have never heard of that one and have been invited many times (because no matter how many times you have been to Europe, you still need that).
You need atleast 2 days confirm hotel booking when u arrive or some one sending a letter of intent to sponsor your stay . Most of the time an invitation letter from your host is enough. Basically you have to convince them that you are coming back. Show family back home - tell them you live with them. Girlfriend/ wife… all help.
If you planning for Central Europe then Czech republic and Austrian consulate.
For most Schengen countries, you need to proof that you have 60 euros/ Rs 4,000 per day during your stay.Link
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