“Lately I have been asked by friends about applying for a Schengen visa to Sweden. I did it last July 2013 and had it posted in my old blog site that I deactivated so I thought posting the write up here will hopefully help anyone who needs some form of guidance. This post is old but I hope nothing much has changed and it can be of any help.”
I have done quite a lot of research on the application for a Schengen visa and was overwhelmed with so many information posted online that somehow it confused me which one is true or not. I even bumped into one website that had the Schengen application form but asked me to pay so I can have a copy of it. I did not fall for that of course! Most of the forms I know of are free and can even be reproduced. I continued my research and I noticed one thing, the blogs I have visited are mostly talking about countries like Germany, France, Norway but none speaks of Sweden thus, the urge to post one.
The original plan was to avail of an agency’s visa assistance service but that changed when I knew that the Norweigan consulate in Cebu is accepting visa applications for Sweden starting April 2013, then I would not have to fly to Manila to submit the requirements. What a relief and yes, I feel like fate is going my way.
The first thing I did was to call the embassy to confirm if what I have been told about was true and yes it’s positive! The lady who picked up my call referred me to their website for the requirements which was really helpful. Everything was laid out so well that paying for an agency is like wasting money.
All that you need to know about applying for a visa in Sweden including the required forms and documents can be found in this link.
Here are the details of my application.
1. Downloaded and printed out the checklist for the purpose of my trip. More of this here.
2. Downloaded and printed out the Schengen Visa application form. Read here on how to fill it up.
Before I filled up the forms above, I made sure I familiarize myself with the information they required by looking up online on guides that can help me complete the forms. I am just bad at it so as much I can I look for some form of help.
3. Used the checklist as a guide to complete all the requirements, filled up all forms and gathered all necessary documents for the application.
4. After completing all the applicable documents, I went to the Norweigan embassy to submit my application. No need to call ahead for submission, they are on a first come first serve basis.
The lady checked all the documents I handed to her and asked me only 2 questions.
- How long have you been in a relationship with him?
- Have you meet him here in the Philippines?
After that, I paid for the application fee and she gave a receipt for it. She told me that I will be contacted via email or SMS in 15-20 days for the result of the application and I can call them 2-3 days after I get the message to check if my passport is available for pick up.
Exactly a week after, I received an email from the Embassy that I have been approved! A week after that I got my passport back with the visa page.
Information about the Norweigan Consulate in Cebu.
2nd floor, University of Cebu (UC) Banilad Blgd.
Governor Cuenco Avenue, Banilad
Phone: +63 (0)32 239 1044
Second line: +63 (0)32 260 0520
Fax: +63 (0)32 239 1044
9 AM to 1 PM, Monday to Friday