Last Updated : Sep 4, 2023
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A Schengen visa may be the most exciting visa to obtain because it allows you to visit 26 countries with a single document, eliminating the need to produce it each time you travel between countries or pay additional fees. You also have the option of visiting non-Schengen countries that allow Schengen visa holders to cross their borders.
You may also be required to submit a Sponsorship Letter, especially if someone else will be financially supporting your journey and stay in the Schengen Area in the absence of your own means of subsistence.
What is a Schengen Visa Sponsorship Letter?
When you go to a Schengen visa interview with the consular officer, you will need to submit a Schengen visa sponsorship letter together with your other documents to the embassy. The sponsorship letter is necessary when the applicant will not be financing their expenses to Schengen but will have a sponsor pay for their trip's lodging, food, and other costs.
The sponsor writes the letter, explaining their relationship with the applicant and the expenditures they will cover. The letter must be accompanied by evidence proving the money's availability and the sponsor's identification to be valid.
Supporting Documents for Schengen Visa Sponsor Letter
If you don't back up your claims with documents, whatever you said and claimed in the Schengen visa sponsorship letter will be nullified. The following documents must be submitted:
A scanned copy of your driver's license or passport
Proof of financial resources, such as bank statements or an employment contract, as well as three most recent paystubs
Proof of ownership of a property or flat, or a rental agreement that reveals the address
An itinerary of the places you'll be visiting as a group (if applicable)
If the sponsor has taken time off work to be with the applicant throughout their stay in the Schengen Area, producing a document proving this is a major bonus for the visa application.