[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:
> 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.


> _______________________________________________
> FOSDEM mailing list
> FOSDEM at lists.fosdem.org
> https://lists.fosdem.org/listinfo/fosdem
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <https://lists.fosdem.org/pipermail/fosdem/attachments/20151221/410df9e2/attachment.html>

More information about the FOSDEM mailing list