Student Schengen Visa – Traveling to Europe for Study Purposes
A Student Schengen Visa is an entry permit to the Schengen Zone, granted to third-country nationals wishing to enter and remain for short-stays in any of the member states, under the purpose of studying.
This visa permits its holder to remain in the Schengen territory for a maximum of 3 months. If your study or training course lasts longer than that, you should apply for a Long-Stay Study Visa at the embassy of the respective country.
Only the nationals coming from third-world countries that have not signed a visa-free agreement with the Schengen Area member states are in need of a Student Schengen Visa.
Who Can Apply for a Schengen Visa in India?
The EU countries have established their embassies, consulates and visa application centers all around India, which are responsible on the admission and procession of visa applications made by Indians. However, not everyone can apply for a Schengen visa in India.
Only the following are eligible to file their visa applications at the Schengen embassies / consulates / VACs in India
- Indian passport holders
- Nationals of third-world countries, which are required to obtain a visa to Europe, living in India under a permanent or temporary residence permit
Which Member State Examines and Decides on my Visa Application?
The Member State competent for deciding on your visa application must be:
- The Member State that is your sole destination of visit
- The Member State whose territory is the main destination of your visit (as far as length or purpose of stay), or
- The Member State whose borders you intend to cross first to enter the Schengen Area
What if the Schengen country you intend to visit has no Embassy/ Consulate in India?
In this case or if the present Embassy/Consulate in India is not currently issuing visas, then your Schengen visa application should be submitted to the Schengen member state “representing” this specific country regarding visas.