[FOSDEM] visas and invitation letters

Emanuil Tolev emanuil.tolev at gmail.com
Mon Dec 21 17:42:06 CET 2015


+1 to all of Daniel's questions. I'd also like to help our international
attendees (and willing to spend some time doing that). The FOSDEM FAQ makes
it sound like there's a legal or moral obligation that prevents FOSDEM from
inviting any random attendee, so they have to be a conference speaker to
get a letter from the FOSDEM org itself. If so, it'd be useful to know the
details of this for other people who want to help invite non-EU attendees.

On 21 December 2015 at 16:28, Daniel Pocock <daniel at pocock.pro> wrote:
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>
> Some refer to a requirement for a guarantor who is resident in Belgium.
>  Does that mean invitation letters also have to come from organizations
> with an address in Belgium?
>

I personally don't think the embassies themselves know European law all
that well on this point. They keep referring to it as a Schengen visa,
which, if so, might well mean that any citizen of a Schengen country can
invite the person to apply for the visa.


> Does every invitation letter have to be a letter of guarantee as well,
> or can invitation letters be issued without specifying any guarantor?
>

If anybody has information (and especially experience) on the
responsibilities of guarantors that would be quite helpful as well. It'd
make the decision to issue such a letter from e.g. my company much easier.


> Could this even be done on a self-serve basis with a web-form in future?
>

Not sure the government would like that very much, but I suppose if we're
going to be making one without question for everybody who asks, it does
make sense.

Greetings,
Emanuil

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