With the Schengen visa fees having increased from 60 Euros to 80 Euros per visa, applicants should be careful when submitting their visa application to avoid rejection. Moreover, the visa fees will not be refunded if the Schengen visa application is rejected.
Here are nine reasons for rejection of the visa application:
The application can be rejected if the passport has a validity date which is less than three months of the expiry date of the visa. The passport must not be older than ten years.
If passport is damaged or certain pages are torn or missing, the application will be rejected.
If applicants present fake travel documents or provide false information, the visa can be refused. Misrepresenting the identity can even invite a travel ban.
The visa can be rejected if the applicant fails to give any convincing reason on why he wants to visit the Schengen region. Reasons should be supported with relevant documents.
The application can be rejected if the applicant cannot prove that he has enough funds to support his travel and stay in the Schengen area.
Not having adequate travel insurance to cover hospital treatment or repatriation to the home country during the visit can be a reason for rejection.
Lack of proof of flight booking, accommodation booking or the itinerary for each Schengen country that the applicant is visiting can be a reason for rejection.
If the applicant had overstayed on a previous Schengen visa or already has an active Schengen visa, the application is refused.
If the applicant has a past or current criminal record, then the visa is refused.