A Schengen Visa is the document issued by the appropriate authorities to the interested party for visiting/travelling to and within the Schengen area. The Schengen area is comprised of 26 countries that have agreed to allow free movement of their citizens within this area as a single country. Of the 26 countries bound by the Schengen agreement, 22 are part of the EU and the other 4 are part of the European Free Trade Association.
However, the United Kingdom does not allow for a free movement across its borders even when they were part of the European Union before the Brexit debate and it eventually quit in 2017.
Schengen area covers the majority of European countries, except for the United Kingdom and countries such as Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Ireland soon to be part of the agreement. However, there are countries that are not part of the EU like Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein yet do belong in the Schengen area and cherish the free movement policy.
Schengen Visa Information
A Schengen Visa is the document issued by the appropriate authorities to the interested party for visiting/travelling to and within the Schengen Area.
The Schengen Area is comprised of 26 countries that have agreed to allow free movement of their citizens within this area as a single country. Of the 26 countries bound by the Schengen agreement, 22 are part of the EU and the other 4 are part of the EFTA.
The national visa of “D” category is granted to the certain individuals who are to be studying, working or permanently residing in one of the Schengen countries. The national visa can be of a single entry, granted for the people who are in need of residing in the Schengen country for a certain period of time, or for a sole purpose after which they shall return to their country.
Schengen Visa Fee
When applying for a Schengen visa there is a non-refundable mandatory visa fee every applicant must pay. The visa costs vary depending on the type of visa and age of the applicant as well as some other exceptions stated in the text.
The regular fee (in Euro)
Airport transit visa – 60.00 EUR
Short stay visa, less than 90 days – 60.00 EUR
Long stay visa, more than 90 days – 99.00 EUR
What to do when you lose your Schengen passport with valid visa
If you are Nigerian who has lost his or her passport with a valid Schengen visa in a Schengen area, the first thing to do is to file a police complaint. After filing the complaint, you will be provided with a police report. (Make sure to always hold on to this report. Always give copies wherever required).
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- Ensure you go to the high commission and apply for a new passport.
- Provide copies of identification proofs and a copy of the lost passport. This, of course, will make the job simpler.
- Provide proof of present address.
- Proof of date of birth.
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- Affidavit stating how and where the passport got lost.
- An original copy of the police report.
Ensure you have a government issued ID with you at all times so as not to be mistaken for a different nationality.
You should note that this process can sometimes take up to two weeks.while your new passport is under processing.
After your new passport is ready from your home embassy in the Schengen area, proceed to the Schengen consulate in the country you find yourself with a letter from your embassy in the same country and inform them of what happened. Let;s say you are a Nigerian in Germany who has lost his passport that contains a valid Schengen visa while heading to Paris; approach the Nigerian consulate in Germany and present the documents.
They will then give you a note to the French consulate. Once the embassy is satisfied that your documents are in order, they will receive the documents for verification, after which they will give you the same form you filled while applying for the Schengen visa. Your photograph will be taken and you will be asked to complete other information details.
You will also be asked to pay the relevant charges, after which you will be given a Schengen visa once again.
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