Rejected German Visa: My Remonstrance for a Schengen Visa

Rejected German Visa: My Remonstrance for a Schengen Visa

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“I was too confident.” That’s the greatest realization that slapped my face when I received my passport without the stamped of Schengen Visa from the German Embassy.

It was my second time to apply for a Schengen Visa in the same Embassy. I thought I was prepared enough and can easily get that visa as smooth as my first application. I was wrong.

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Okay, enough with the negativity for a minute. Pause for a moment and try to imagine yourself here:

A little bit more summer-sunshine in Nuremberg, Germany

A little bit more summer-sunshine in Nuremberg, Germany

Winter white excitement!

Winter white excitement!

Relaxing, isn’t it? Those photos can be one of the reasons to attract positive senses and stay motivated even if a rejection comes. Sometimes, depending on every applicant’s case, to re-apply is not the best, immediate solution once you got rejected. There is a way to skip repeating the steps of making an interview schedule, filing your documents, attending the personal interview, and waiting for your passport to be delivered. The answer for a Refusal of Visa is a “Remonstrance”. This process is definitely legal and free, and I can tell the best one.

REJECTION IS NOT THE END OF YOUR DREAM EUROPE TRIP!

So, let me boost up your confidence by sharing my experience on how to file a Remonstration (asking for a new decision) of your DENIED SCHENGEN VISA application in LESS THAN A MONTH, and finally step in your feet to where ever Schengen countries in you are routing to.

January 21, 2015

I received the Ablehnungsbescheid (Refusal of Visa Letter/Notification).

“Your application is hereby refused.” I wish that every Schengen Visa applicant will not see this line.

“Your application is hereby refused.” I wish that every Schengen Visa applicant will not see this line.

I know it is heartbreaking to see the letters D-E-N-I-E-D on a paper instead of the newly-attached Visa on your passport, but try to stay FOCUS and READ my following experience.

There are nine general reasons why your application is denied:

There are 9 general reasons for denial

There are 9 general reasons for denial

To make these reasons clearer, the letter provides an outlined “sub-reasons” on why your application was not successful.

The sub-reasons for denial

The sub-reasons for denial

Whatever marked in your Refusal Letter should be clear enough for you to take the next step. Analyze it and if you think that you can OPPOSE THE REASON which the embassy noted and therefore DO NOT AGREE WITH ITS DECISION in denying your application, start to prepare for the filing of your Remonstration.

IMPORTANT: If you deem that the Embassy’s decision is right and you do not have any acceptable reasons and supporting documents for your remonstrance, stop reading this AND START WITH YOUR NEW APPLICATION!

January 22-24, 2015

I crafted my Remonstrance Letter and prepared the necessary documents which support my appeal.

The rejection of my visa application denoted Reason Number 8: “The information submitted regarding the justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not reliable.”

I tried to remember what I have said during my interview and could not recall what’s wrong and what’s lacking with the details I have uttered. The supporting reason answered that: “Your purpose of the stay was not substantiated by the documents presented.”

On my second application in January 2015 for a Visitor’s Visa, I submitted the same documents based on my first application in August 2014 and was too confident (like what I have said in the first paragraph of this article. Apologies for saying it again.) that it would give the same result. But I was stupid enough not to consider the big difference on the span of time I am requesting for. I requested for a 21-day stay on my application last year while my 2015 application was a 90-day (the maximum days you can get within six months) multi-entry Schengen Visa. Though I explained that my three-month stay will not only focus on visiting a friend but also academic reasons such as to prepare for the Master’s program I will attend in Hamburg, Germany, by taking a language course, I failed to submit the valid documents on these statements as I focused on the general and basic requirements of a Visa for the purpose of visiting a friend. I opted the Visitor’s Visa as I have a Formal Obligation from a friend in Germany and will then stay in his place so I do not need to present a proof of accommodation. Additionally, acquiring a Schengen Visa for participation in a language course lasting no longer than three months requires an evidence that you have previously attended language courses, which I did not have.

For your reference, here are the links for the list of requirements I needed in applying for a Schengen Visa in Germany, according to my purpose:

For visiting family/friends:

http://www.manila.diplo.de/contentblob/3618554/Daten/3820816/MB_visitor_visa_Jan14.pdf

For participating a language course not more than three months:

http://www.manila.diplo.de/contentblob/3618548/Daten/3441522/MB_lang_course_below3m_may13.pdf

I prepared a copy of the email from the University, acknowledging the receipt of my application and the schedule of my one-month language course. I needed some days to complete the additional documents and to finalize my Remonstrance letter which includes quite a lot of readings. I wanted to be very sure that time and considered that appeal as my last chance to get the Visa before my confirmed flight on February 16. Generally, the remonstrance letter should include the following:

  • Your full name, date of birth, place of birth, and the number of your passport
  • The date your application was rejected
  • A serviceable address that contains the street name, house or apartment number, City/ Town/ Village, postal code, if applicable: please state your e-mail address
  • The remonstration must be signed by your own hand (a remonstration by a third party e.g. your sponsor, can only be accepted and processed if you have given your sponsor a power of attorney, which is submitted with the remonstration)

January 26, 2015

I sent my Remonstrance letter via email.

For my case, I also asked my friend to support my remonstrance which I guess was helpful as it was written in German. Be sure that your letter and the one you asked to assist you are coordinated.

This is my Remonstrance Letter’s format:

Remonstrance letter format

Remonstrance letter format

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January 27 up to February 12, 2015

These were the days of frustration.

My flight comes closer and no email yet from the Embassy regarding the result of my Remonstration. New plans are coming like starting to prepare my documents again for the new application. To think that was very discouraging because of the long process I need to go through again, plus wasted money and time. Though 85% of me was telling that I need to give up already on that Remonstration result because of the various experiences I am reading in forums that there is really no clear time on how long the Embassy will respond to your appeal, I still decided not to rebook my ticket. There’s still a 15% of me who believes that there will be a result soon anyway, and that, I will fly in some days. I know that waiting for the result was the only thing I can do during those days and try to avoid making follow-ups to the Embassy regarding my appeal.  Asking for an update time by time slows the Embassy’s system and so I encourage every petitioner to BE PATIENT during the process! I guess my patience can only take for two weeks. On February 9, 2015, I sent an email, asking for any information about my plea. I did that because I supposed 14 days after I sent my Remonstration is reasonable enough to ask for an update and my flight would be in seven days then.

February 12, 2015

I set this day as my last day of waiting.

It was Thursday and if the Embassy wants to issue the Visa, it should be on this day so I can have time (on Friday) to bring my passport. My email showed nothing from the Embassy. I decided to arrange my ticket the next day.

February 13, 2015

The “Thank You, Lord!” day.

The "Thank you, Lord!" day!

The “Thank you, Lord!” day!

I welcome each day with opening my eyes and checking emails on my phone. URGENT was the first word I saw. I stayed relaxed as I knew it was not work-related; the people in my freelancing activities have never used the word urgent as a subject of their emails, even though it’s urgent. So… I opened that mail and my 15% hope immediately went up to 100% but ended with 98%. Yes, HOORAY FOR A NEW DECISION! But the 2% disappointment was for the re-booking fee. As indicated in the Embassy’s email, it needs one up to two to three working days to issue my visa. I changed my flight date on February 20, and it was not cheap as I submitted not a reservation ticket but a confirmed one.

IMPORTANT: Do not ever do what I did. Just pass a reservation of round-trip ticket during your personal interview. The Embassy is not requiring an applicant to present the confirmed tickets. I thought I will be approved immediately so I purchased CONFIDENTLY my flights.

February 16, 2015

The day of my departure turned into the day of the submission of my passport and new tickets.

I do not have any idea on how it should be but it turned definitely easy. The Counter 1 in German Embassy is designated for inquiries like mine. The lady just asked the new date of my departure and suggested just to pick up my passport personally because of the holiday on the 19th.

February 18, 2015

“This is it!” Day

My smile on that day while looking my newly-printed Schengen Visa was enough reason to be speechless.

HIGHLIGHTS

To avoid being denied your application:

  • Allot enough time in applying for a Schengen Visa. Do the personal interview THREE MONTHS before your preferred date of departure, though it is possible to do for ONE MONTH.
  • Prepare and bring all the REQUIRED documents and MIGHT BE REQUIRED. For instance, photos showing how you have known the person inviting you (for Visitor’s Visa and for Formal Obligation). Do not just stick with what is listed from the Embassy’s information sheet.
  • BE CONFIDENT, but DO NOT BE OVERCONFIDENT! It is important to get that convincing feeling for the Embassy Staff during the personal interview. Talk friendly and present your requirements confidently (but not too much).
  • EXTRA TIP: Many visa applications require you to show a full travel itinerary and a verifiable flight reservation in order to process your visa application, but why would you pay for a flight if you’re not sure that you’ll be able to use it? You can make a request for a confirmed and legitimate flight ticket here.

If refused:

  • ADMIT your FAULT if you think you really did mistakes in the application. I believe that Embassy has enough reasons why it did not issue your Visa.
  • DO NOT GIVE UP and FIND THE SOLUTION. Even if no one knows how high the possibility of receiving a new decision is, TRY TO FILE A REMONSTRATION! (as soon as possible). You are only allowed to appeal for one month after the receipt of rejection.
  • Invest LOTS OF PATIENCE. I know how frustrating it is to wait WITHOUT KNOWING EXACTLY WHEN you can receive and WHAT WOULD BE THE RESULT, but be PATIENT! It would be worth the wait!

If your remonstration is not granted:

  • ACCEPT IT and do a new application. Fix your documents and evaluate thoroughly what was wrong.

If you’re feeling stressed with the administrative process of your application, RELAX and SURROUND your mind with inspiring photos of your destination like these:

A part of the East Side Gallery (or the Freedom Wall) in Berlin, Germany

A part of the East Side Gallery (or the Freedom Wall) in Berlin, Germany

Regensburg, Germany

Regensburg, Germany

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About the Writer

Cropped BioJessica Ayun is a Freelance Writer who writes if 5-10 cups of coffee a day will be served. She used to work as a TV Researcher but her feet are always curious to step into new places so she decided to work in the communities of Visayas and Mindanao as a Documenter for almost two years, through a non-government organization (NGO). She tries to see the “real happiness” in every person she meets and every place she goes to. She will always choose mountains than beaches.

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Comments 595

  1. I’m not really into traveling that much. I do have a US Visa valid for 10 years but only used it onced. All I can say is that getting a family application will give you better chances to get a Visa grant. Well, that’s what my folks told me haha. My US Visa application was together with my mom and daughter and I didn’t get denied the first time. But my sister who’s single got refused when she applied alone. Hope it helps. 🙂

    1. Hello Anne! Thank you for your inputs. 🙂 And lucky you, you got a US Visa as your first try. I hope you can use that for more exploring and traveling! 🙂

      1. Nah, been there, done that haha. I’m not really impressed with the US, the food here is better. I missed home so much. 🙂

          1. I just had to go there because my bestfriend who was living alone, depressed, needed someone with her. So I went, with my daughter and stayed in California for almost 6 months until she was ok haha. If it wasn’t for her I had no plans of going to the US at all. I loved the fresh cherries, I saw fresh Artichokes, Endives, all sorts of berries. The fresh fruits and veggies were great. Oh and clearance sales in Marshall’s and Ross, I got to buy designer stuff at rock bottom prices haha. 🙂

  2. hi ii am from bangladesh. i refused 2 times for study visa by german embassy 3 years ago. now i applied tourist visa they again refused me and give a refused letter. they show the reason no#9. now my question is that is any problem for my future tour plan by this passport whit 3 times refused seal. please inform me. if someone can help me.

    1. Hello Ashraf. There will be a problem if there will be no changes to be made. As all your applications were rejected due to same reason, there should be some improvements regarding your status so there will be a chance that you can get a visa. Those refusal seals/stamps were based on the former applications and the Embassy will not use it as a reason to reject you during your future application. It will be dependent on the present documents you will be presenting. Thank you

  3. Dear Jessica, Thank you so much for your quick response. I just received a email from Embassy. They told me me they received my appeal letter. They mention there i have to wait for embassy decision. Let see what will be happen in next.

        1. Yes. Just wait. 🙂 Anyway, Can I ask for a favor? This article is actually an entry for a Contest. Would you mind to share this with your social media accounts? I would totally appreciate it. Thank you soooo much :))))

  4. hello miss Jessica. i am jen, your article is very helpful. I was also received a REFUSAL OF VISA today and its a very bad feeling. mine is no. 9 also states that your intention to leave the territory of the member states before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained. as i remember i have all the documents my rootedness and everything. What should i can possibly do now. please help me.. thank you and god bless…

    1. Hi Jen! Sorry for days of delay in replying with your inquiry. Sorry to hear that another applicant is rejected with her application. First, for how long did you ask a schengen visa? and what kind of s. visa did you apply? tourist, visiting a friend, attending a fair, doing business or going on a language course? It might be helpful for me to know it so I can give a little help. Salamat :)))

  5. Hi, I have got my refusal letter today from German Consulate. I have applied for working Visa on 18-05-2015. and after 3 months they send a refusal letter stating ” The Labour office in germany refused to give approval for your intended stay. You/ Your employer have not submitted the requested document.” I believe i have submitted all the documents as per the check list. I have request my employer to check on his end with Bundesagentur für Arbeit as he is also not clear with the issue. Can you please suggest what is the best possible solution for this situation. Is it possible to get a positive decision if my employer can clarify the query of labour office or do i have to submit for remonstration?

    1. Hello Vuly! 🙂 In a working visa, your employer plays a huge role in your application as they are the one providing most of the documents. Stay coordinated with your employer. But did your rejection state what is the specific document that you failed to submit? Clarify it with the Embassy/Consulate so you and your employer can know what do you need to submit to them if you want to ask for a new decision. Thank you 🙂

      1. Hello Jessica, I have requested to share information on the missing documents and they were of no help. I got a rude reply saying ” we don`t know what the missing documents are. why don`t you check with labor office directly”. And i decided to do as she suggested and called up the ZAV office in germany to check on the missing documents. I surprised to know that My Work contract and University degree were not received by them from consulate which i have already submitted.
        Can you please suggest what can be done in this situation? as i do not wish to waste any further time and i believe in loadging a appeal would take min 2 weeks!

        1. Hi Vuly. Can you ask them why they did not receive those papers? And can you present an evidence that you have submitted those documents to them? If it’s their fault that they missed your requirements then they should be reliable with the result of your application and thus granted you a new decision.

  6. Dear Jessica, Good day to you, Regarding my visa refusal my employer reply me that they also don’t understand reason of refusal, They told me to try again if i need any help they will do, And i got reply from embassy they give me 2 option, I have to make new application or i have to be appeal, So i decided to appeal, And i am going to appeal today, Let’s see what will be happen in next, Thank you so much for your great advise, If my luck is good same like you i will get my visa, If luck is not good i have to try for another job,,,,,,,,

    1. Hi mohd. I can see your employer is willing to assist you as long as they can. Good luck with your appeal and hope it will give a postive result. Thank you 🙂 #KeepThePatience

      1. Thank you so much for your quick response. I like to know I was send my appeal letter to the embassy. But I did not received yet any confirmation. How I know my appeal is accept by embassy. Is they will send me any email…or I have to send again…

        1. Normally, the Embassy sends mail, acknowledging the receipt of your appeal. Then this is the start of your waiting if your remonstrance is granted or not.

          1. You are really so helpful person. I deeply appreciate for your advise. I just want to know after sending the email how long is the normal time to get the email back from embassy. I mean the confirmation email. Coz I was send it morning 6 am still I did not receive any confirmation email from them. Or I will send again…

            1. Hi Mohd! Normall, it’s just few minutes after you sent your letter via email, you can receive an acknowledgment of receipt from them.

  7. Just got my refusal letter with Reason #9: “your intention to leave the terriroty of the member states before the expiry of the visa could not be assessed.” I am working online with full-time-8 hr job. I couldn’t submit Certificate of Employment because my employer is US-based. The documents i submitted upon applications are the Job Offer & my PayPal transactions for 6 months (thru which my employer pays me), and print out of my local bank accounts. My Job Contract is still pending from my employer, I couldn’t wait for it and instead, I submitted the job offer which is in the form of email and also, other email conversations with my employer like interview, references etc, my boss emailed me the job offer when I got hired in January this year, it states there my annual salary, bonus, leaves, holidays, etc., so basically like a normal job, and he specified there, that they will provide me laptop, and I can work anywhere, that I pleased to do so, because my boss likes this kind of lifestyle, so he wants the same freedom to his staffs (thats why I pointed out that I don’t need leave of absence).

    I also, bought a condo which will turnover in 2016. I submitted the contract to sell, and receipts of my payments every month. I don’t have much idea what more i can submit in addition to these!!

    I have of course intention to return to Phils, my condo will turnover 4th Q next year (can I reiterate this on the remonstrance letter?). Also, we have training in Manila this December (maybe I can ask for email from my employer?) My boyfriend will also fly to Phils together with me when I come back (can I say this also on the letter?)

    Thanks Jessica

    1. hello meh. Yes, you can mention that training in Manila and provide some proof of it. Don’t you have any source of income aside from your job in a US based company? If yes, provide it to your remonstrance. If not, kindly ask again your employer about the situation of your work and that he is aware that your traveling but will still able to work. Clarify as much as you could the reasons why you will definitely be back here. Like your family, business (if you have) and other work (if any) Thank you.

      1. Thank you Jessica, I am now writing the letter and will include that i have clients here but i dont have proof yet because I started the service only this year, and I can file my ITR next year (so much technicalities ). I am aware that they would need documents for everything but I want to convince them as much as i can.

        1. Hi Meh! Gooooodddd LUCK with your remonstration. But can you ask for a Certification from BIR that you will file tax next year and that you are registered as a taxpayer?

      2. Ms. Jessica, I have friend w/ business kasi..do you think they will confirm if ever magask lang ako ng certificate. Thanks

  8. Dear Jessica, Good day, I found your blog is so helpful, Please help me to come out from my situation, I was apply for a log term visa (work permit), I submitted my all necessary document to German consulate dubai, Yesterday i got visa refusal letter, They told me i don’t have any problem with my document, My refusal came from german aliens office, Please have a look the attached file,It is in german language, I translate here :
    The Consulate General regrets to inform you that your request can be not complied with for a visa after completion of the test on the basis of the German law on aliens. the reason for the rejection essentially carrying them be communicated subsequently,

    The conditions for employment are not all at once,

    I send this letter to my employer, They not yet given any feedback, What i will do now, I can appeal with case, Please advice me,

    1. hello mohd. Thank you for spending time in reading my article. I actually don’t have an idea on how would be the process for a denied working visa application. I am afraid I can’t really help you but I will give few recommendations. First, refer to the German Consulate/Embassy in Dubai where you sent your application. I believe they will provide you a guideline on what you should do. Second, wait until your employer replies before you file an appeal. They might help you to talk with the Embassy and you do not need to make any further action like remonstration. Lastly, do not let time to pass without doing nothing. The Embassy can see how eager and sincere an applicant could be through proper follow-ups. That can be a factor for them to grant you a visa (I assumed). Just remember, Courage and Patience are always a good combination to success! 😉 Thanksss 🙂

      1. Dear jessica. Thank you so much for your quick response. I will follow your advise. Let see what will be next. Exually I also not undertand what was wrong with this. Embassy told me I don’t any problem with my documents. This letter came from germany. Lets see what my employer is reply….thanks again. And really your blog is so helpful. .

        1. Hi Mohd. No problem. I am always willing to share my little experience. I am a Contributor here and not really the owner but I am glad you found my article interesting and helpful. Update me with your Visa processing. Thank you.

  9. Hi ms jessica! i just received my refusal letter today fem German Embassy, the reason is about number 9, it is my first time to apply for a schengen visa, i am currently unemployed but i have a job offer from BDO, but i only have the list of requirement as a proof of my job offer, my main reason is visiting my cousin in Frankfurt, what supporting documents can i provide?i am thinking on which way will be fast should i write an hand written appeal and send it to the embassy? or should i re apply and set another appointment? thank you and hoping for your response. God bless.

    1. Hello Seth! I am assuming you applied for a Visitor’s Visa. Did your cousin provide you a formal obligation? I am honestly not confident that you can file an appeal without valid documents regarding your status in the Philippines. Can you ask the BDO to give you a Certification that they hired you as______ and you will start on _______. If this information will be seen, I guess you will have a better chance to prove that you will be back in the Philippines for work. Good luck! 🙂

      1. hi ms jessica thank you for your quick reply :), i already send my appeal to the embassy, today i received an email from them saying that they have received the letter and the application still being examined, one thing i am confused is that it says that to reply with the case no,,but then the email said to refrain from contacting the embassy regarding the application, the format is like this
        File no( please state in your reply) RK 5** SV/my name , should i reply to their email? i am confused. Thank you so much.

        1. Hello Seth, It’s a format from the Embassy. Better not reply and wait. Just set a certain time then decide for your next step. Good Luck! 🙂

          1. Hi Jessica! its been 2months already but still Im here in Mnl 🙁 I finally received a call from the embassy last August 28 exactly a month from my remons letter, they told me to send back the documents that i presented during my visa interview, i was able to send it last September 1 including my passport, but still until today I haven’t receive any email fem them, i emailed them asking if they ever got my mail but no response, do u think they’ll just send it back to me without asking anything? waiting is driving me so crazy. I hope they won’t keep me waiting for nothing :(((

  10. Good day to you Jessica . Your article is really interesting and helpful as well. I just received a refusal letter from German Embassy 3 days ago. I applied for language course less than 3 months. The reason of the refusal letter is about Number 9. It was my first time to apply for a Schengen visa. I am a Financial Management student. I own a business since January 6, 2014 but it is not registered yet in BIR though I have a business permit from DTI and the office of the city mayor. But last November 2014, I filed for non-operational. Does the business permit I have can still be used as supporting documents? Also, I bought lands in our place but I don’t have yet the original land title of it cause I just bought it in the office of the barangay since the barangay(government) owned that lands . I only have a certification from them saying I bought the land and that I own it since that day I paid them. Can I use the certification as supporting documents for my rootedness in the Philippines?

    Another problem I guess I have with the documents I submitted was that : The language course we booked is from September 9 to December 15,2015 (which is more than 90 days). My planned departure is September 5 , return December 3 since I am only allowed to stay for 90 days. My question is: Should we book a new language course that is less than 3 months to make sure they won’t doubt my return to the Philippines?

    Jessica, is it worth it to make a Remonstrance Letter? Do you think I have enough supporting documents for my remonstrance?

    Looking forward for your response . Thank you 🙂

    1. Hello Jeanie! I can see you have lots of supporting documents available. However, those documents should be presented and explained well if you will file a Remonstration. If the problem is your rootedness in the Philippines, why not stick on your documents as a student then just back it up with your existing business certificates? If I am not mistaken, only the certification from the University is needed, together with the letter of exemption if your departure will affect some of your class schedule. And yes, check the schedule of your booked language course. Explain as well why will you do that course? Assure the Embassy in your Remonstrance Letter that you will come back here. Hope these words can help you. Thanks! 🙂

      1. Hi Jessica , thanks for your helpful response . I actually submitted a certification from our university but still it wasn’t enough. It wasn’t a certificate of exemption because I did not get enrolled yet this school year. It was just a certification saying I am a student of that university.

        My question is : Should I file for appeal or better just reapply?

        Thank you 🙂

        1. Hi Mai, I will always choose Remonstrance than re-applying because it saves a lot more money. Depending on the date of your departure and if you are willing to wait, go for an appeal. There’s no harm in trying anyway, especially if you deem that you have all the required documents and be able to explain well on the Remonstrance Letter. Good luck! 🙂

          1. I agree with you that there’s no harm in trying 🙂
            I have another question to ask you Jessica . Do you think those documents if explained well can give enough reasons for them not to doubt my willingness to return to the Philippines? Because according to their refusal letter , I am lack of evidence to prove my intention to return to my home country .

            1. What did you submit during your interview? Will you present additional documents for your remonstrance, right?

              1. During my interview, I submitted the ff. documents :Confirmation of the language course, Registration with the language course, Curriculum Vitae with the Motivational letter, Proof of reservation ticket, Formal Obligation, Travel health insurance and a Certification from our university saying that I am a student of that school with the degree of Business Administration last school year. I didn’t get the letter of exemption from studies because I did not get enrolled this semester S.Y 2015-2016.

                Also, I did not submit any documents of my business because I just started it last February this year( still under observation if its really profitable so I don’t have any business permit yet from the DTI or office of the mayor BUT I have a barangay permit that granted me to operate such business). Another thing is , I bought a portion of the land that our barangay owned ( it’s where my establishment is located). According to our brgy.captain, there’s only 1 title of the land and the brgy. has it. He said , if I want to get my own title of the portion of the land I bought then I have to undergo long process and it will cost money. SO right now, I don’t have the title or deed of sale yet but I do have a certification from them that I owned a land on that area.
                QUESTIONS: Are those documents ( barangay permit and certification) enough to support my appeal? Do I have to attached in my remonstrance letter all the documents that I have including the ones that I already submitted during my interview? or I only have to attach the new documents?

                Looking forward to hear more from you 🙂 I really need help/advice as to what exactly I need to write in my remonstrance letter . Thank you

                1. Hello Jeanie. Did you inform the Embassy that you are a student or did you also say that you own a business?
                  If you mentioned during your interview that you’re also self-employed then better emphasize that to your letter. And explain each document you have on how it will prove your rootedness here. Thank you

                  1. Hey Jessica 🙂 Thanks for the response. I did inform the embassy that I am still a student but I forgot to inform them that I own a business .

                    1. Hi Jeanie. Then you can explain that to the Embassy so they can be assured that you will certainly be back here because of your business. 🙂

  11. Good day to you Jessica . Your article is really interesting and helpful as well. I just received a refusal letter from German Embassy 3 days ago. I applied for language course less than 3 months. The reason of the refusal letter is about Number 9. It was my first time to apply for a Schengen visa. I am a Financial Management student. I own a business since January 6, 2014 but it is not registered yet in BIR though I have a business permit from DTI and the office of the city mayor. But last November 2014, I filed for non-operational. Does the business permit I have can still be used as supporting documents? Also, I bought lands in our place but I don’t have yet the original land title of it cause I just bought it in the office of the barangay since the barangay(government) owned that lands . I only have a certification from them saying I bought the land and that I own it since that day I paid them. Can I use the certification as supporting documents for my rootedness in the Philippines?

    Another problem I guess I have with the documents I submitted was that : The language course we booked is from September 9 to December 15,2015 (which is more than 90 days). My planned departure is September 5 , return December 3 since I am only allowed to stay for 90 days. My question is: Should we book a new language course that is less than 3 months to make sure they won’t doubt my return to the Philippines?

    Jessica, is it worth it to make a Remonstrance Letter? Do you think I have enough supporting documents for my remonstrance?

    Looking forward for your response . Thank you 🙂

  12. Hi Jessica, how are you. I read about your articles and I got interested of what you did. I just received my result this afternoon and it was denied. The Reason is about number 9, same as Asif, yes Its my first time to apply Schengen Visa. I am a freelance makeup artist and I don’t have any DTI or business permit ( that’s my mistake) , what I do now is I ask certification to all photographers I work, together with their business permits. Do you think they will accept this as my documents? Hoping for your response . Thank you and God bless 🙂

    1. Hello Regine. Sorry to hear about that. Reason number 9 focuses on the lack of evidence/s about your rootedness in the Philippines. Usually, you need to present a Certificate of Registration and latest ITR from the BIR if you are self-employed. If you are not yet registered, maybe you can ask certification as well from the local government (barangay) where your business is located (your home address for instance) aside from the certifications from your clients. Good luck! Wishing you a positive result. 🙂

  13. My bf is Turkish Citizen. His first Schengen Visa Application got refused even though we provided all hotel reservations, flights, bank account statements, etc etc. The second time, they kept us waiting for 5 weeks(!!) without giving any feedback. In all my anger I sent an email to the consulate telling them I’m the girlfriend and also that I’m a blogger with over 100,000 followers on Social Media and that it really sucks we did not get a positive reply. The next morning the consulate called my bf, asked him about his blogger girlfriend. Five minutes later they called again and said his visa is ready to be picked up. 😉
    Luckily, in the end it all worked out, haha. The power of Social Media.

    1. Hello Sab!
      Apologies for getting back to your message quite late. Well, that’s a unique and successful strategy I can say. Hehe. Social Media is indeed powerful and as long as we are using this tool to fight ‘what is right’, go for it! 🙂 Putting a pressure to the Embassy might give you either positive or negative result. I am happy you got a positive one! 🙂 Happy travel to your bf!

    2. You are very creative Sab. I applied in Manila and got refused, I read on my refusal letter that neither of the motives for the travel nor “any arguments that are attached to a third person (e.g. the financial circumstance of the inviting person) will be considered for the evaluation of the visa issuance..So meaning they are very specific that you cannot use the argument of your host. But I think from your case we have to be more creative even if it’s discouraged by the embassy.

  14. As a freelance journalist, what did you show the Embassy as proof of Employment? Isn’t that one of the requirements for visa applications?

    1. Hello Nena?
      Sorry for late reply. When I was applying for the Schengen Visa, I am still working in a non-gov’t organization so I provided a COE (Certificate of Employment). However, if you do not have any employer, the Embassy is requesting for a Certificate of Registration and latest ITR. I can tell you more about this as I will soon apply for another visa soon as Self-Employed. Thank you 🙂

  15. Hi Jessica,
    My German Visa just got refused for the cause #9 (“Your intention to
    leave the territory of the member states before the expiry of the visa
    could not be ascertained”). Your blog is finally giving me some hope.

    Can you please tell me how have you sent the remonstrance letter? Have you signed the letter and sent the scanned copy via email?

    1. Hello Asif Asif!
      Thank you so much for reading my article. I sent the remonstrance letter via email and I used my electronic signature (basically, I just signed in a plain paper then scan to JPG format. I always need my e-sign so I had that), then copy it to my letter then save as PDF. But to make it simpler, you can just print the letter, sign and scan it. Hehe.
      Regarding the reason, of your refusal, is this your first time to apply for a Schengen Visa? Are you employed? Be sure to take the following sub-reasons of the visa rejection so you can support your remonstration with the proper documents. Wish you a good luck! :)))

      1. Thank you, Jessica!
        Yes, this is my first time with schengen (Business) visa application. I’ve been employed for 3+ years in the same company in Bangladesh. I had presented all the documents as listed on the embassy website. No objection was given for those documents. There are few things I think could have caused the rejection :
        1. The lady behind the counter asked for my appointment letter with the company, which I didn’t have with me at that moment (It wasn’t on the requirements list)
        2. Asked me twice if I really am unmarried!

        1. Okay, Asif Asif. 🙂
          Good thing you have assessed your application. Just submit all the possible documents you might think were lacking during your interview. Evaluate it to your remonstrance letter. Again, good luck. Update me with your remonstrance and tell me if there’s still something I can help.

          1. Hi Jessica,
            I just received a reply from the embassy @ Dhaka, it seems that I can’t send the remonstrance letter via email :-/

            ——————————————————————————
            Dear Mr. Asif,

            the decision of the visa officer is final.
            However, if you wish to file an appeal against the decision, you can do
            so. But it must be in written form with your signature in it and not
            through email, telephone or fax. We are giving you therefore, the
            following information about how to go about it:

            Information regarding appeals:

            1.
            A written appeal (remonstrance) may be filed against the decision
            within one month of its issuance with the German mission abroad that
            issued the Notice of Decision. The facts establishing the grounds for
            the appeal and relevant supporting documents should also be submitted if
            this was not already done at the time of the visa application.

            2.
            bla bla bla on if my remonstrance gets rejected.

            3. bla bla bla about filing an action to the administrative court of Berlin.

            1. Aw! But at least they gave you the legal way on how you deal with it. Seems that every German Embassy has varied rules, depending on the country where it is so it might be helpful to check also some articles or forums discussing about it in Dhaka. Still, hoping for a positive result of your remonstrance 🙂

              1. Hi Jessica,
                I sent my signed remonstrance and supporting documents few hours ago via email just like you did (They confirmed that they accept email attachments as well). Now the wait begins…

                Thank you for your support!

                  1. Hi Jessica,
                    Sorry for belated update. My appeal was denied and received the deny letter on 6th July. They kept using my ‘single’ status against me despite of presenting my financial condition which was sound enough. Pathetic!

                    1. Hello Asif. Sorry to hear that but DO NOT stop in exploring other countries just because of a rejection. Time will come for that trip to be granted! 🙂

                1. Hi Asif! I just saw your comment now. I don’t know why 🙁 But anyway, is there any good news with your remonstrance? I hope so :))))

                  1. Hi Jessica,
                    My appeal was denied and received the deny letter on 6th July. They kept using my ‘single’ status against me despite of presenting my financial condition which was sound enough. Pathetic!

      2. Hi Jessica…I applied a visit visa but it was denied….and the reason is the #9 which state ” your intention to leave the member states before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained”… I’m planning to make a remonstrance letter but I don’t know what to support?

        1. Hello Rayray! Missed your comment for the past days, I’m sorry. First, what were the requirements you submitted as proof of rootedness? Are you employed, self employed or a student? So I can help you more. Thanks 🙂

          1. hey jessica my boyfriend wants me to come in Germany for visit visa and he will going to cover all the expenses.. but i am a graduating student this year and i want to start tp process my papers and i don’t have bank account too.. whats the best thing to do ?and how can my boyfriend send a letter of invitation to embassy via email ? or what ? thank you ..

            1. Hello Lanie,

              If you will have the formal obligation, no need to present a bank account.Your boyfriend needs to send the paper as you will need to present the original copy during your interview. 🙂

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