A Schengen visa allows you to travel without restrictions to 25 European countries, therefore it has gained considerable popularity among the people. The procedure for obtaining it contains a number of strict rules, following which you can easily get a visa yourself, even for a pensioner.
Contact the consulate of the country from which you received the invitation or where you plan to stay for a long time. Get a list of documents that need to be submitted to obtain a Schengen visa. Clarify the rules for submitting documents, as each embassy has its own deadlines, lists and requirements for submitted documents.
Prepare your passport; copies of all completed pages of the Russian passport; a certificate from the place of work on the letterhead of the company, which indicates the position, average monthly salary, work experience and terms of vacation or business trip. Fill out the questionnaires given to you at the embassy in the language of the country you are planning to visit. Take color photographs, check the number and size at the embassy.
Describe your travel itinerary. Pensioners must make a copy of their pension certificate and prove their financial position. Get a statement from the bank that you have an account or a statement from the job of the person who finances the trip. Sometimes pensioners may be required to confirm their solvency by presenting a certificate of the presence of a car, apartment or other property.
Go through the registration of a medical insurance policy for the period that you plan to spend in the Schengen countries. The amount of the policy premium must be more than 30 thousand euros.
Pay the consular and service fees at the embassy. Make an appointment with the consulate. You can also come without an appointment, but you have to stand in line. A Schengen visa can be granted for both single and multiple visits. Wait for the decision to grant you a Schengen visa. If all documents are submitted on time and correctly, then there should be no problems.
Contact a travel agency if it is difficult for you to collect the entire package of documents yourself. You will be assisted in the design, correct writing of the questionnaire and will tell you about all the nuances that a person visiting the countries of the Schengen zone may encounter.