[FOSDEM] visas and invitation letters
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Mon Dec 21 18:32:15 CET 2015
Yes, one can purchase a tour to Brussels and go to FOSDEM instead.
In most cases invitation is not needed but one does need to actually
purchase a travel package.
For some countries traveling without travel agencies is allowed, for
others it is not.
Pretty much depends on a given consulate worker that he would believe
that "the applicant has solid reasons to return home".
On 21/12/2015 20:24, Emanuil Tolev wrote:
> Gah, what a headache. Is there some kind of tourist visa that Schengen
> allows? I can't believe we allow nobody to enter the Schengen area
> without an invite by a citizen, that just seems ridiculous. What if
> they just want to see the Grand Place or something? I'd say visiting
> FOSDEM is an even better reason for somebody who would otherwise be
> approved for a tourist visa anyway.
> http://www.schengenvisainfo.com/tourist-schengen-visa/ indicates a
> letter *is* required when visiting friends and relatives but no letter
> is needed when no such visit is taking place (I suppose then you can't
> say "I'm visiting a friend" without any proof by said friend). Maybe
> there's a higher chance of the application being approved if you
> really are visiting friends/relatives, but hey, if it's possible to
> apply without a letter then that'll cover most people and they won't
> have to seek help.
> On 21 December 2015 at 17:13, Daniel Pocock <daniel at pocock.pro
> <mailto:daniel at pocock.pro>> wrote:
> On 21/12/15 18:08, Jo wrote:
> > Even though the term invitation letter sounds simple enough,
> it's a bit
> > more complicated than that.
> > What your doing is getting into a legal contract between
> > yourself/company and the Belgian ministry of the interior. You
> agree to
> > be liable for all expenses in case this person doesn't leave
> > Belgium/Schengen zone as foreseen. In case of a forced expulsion
> this is
> > thousands of euros.
> That is a letter of guarantee. It is not the same as a letter of
> invitation. One letter can combine both concepts, but I've also seen
> invitation letters that don't include a guarantee.
> > I would also be very surprised if it's still possible to
> accomplish all
> > the needed paperwork in one month. It involves going to the
> > municipality, they need to contact the ministry of the interior
> and they
> > in turn need to contact the embassy of the country, back and
> forth. The
> > person also needs to present themselves at this embassy, at
> least twice.
> > The process usually takes 3 - 8 months.
> > Anyway it's not something you'd do for any random person either.
> A lot
> > of trust is involved.
> It is for some former GSoC students.
> I think that the whole guarantee thing tends to be necessary for
> visas, e.g. exchange programs, or wife has a baby and her mother wants
> to come and stay 6 months.
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