Is NOC required for schengen visa if I'm a Student?

#1 Jun 17th, 2018, 10:06
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Hi all, I'm a postgraduate resident in a hospital in India, planning to do a euro trip in September. Getting an NOC from my place of work will be nearly impossible, but someone suggested that a Bonafide certificate (which I can get easily) from the institute would suffice, for applying for schengen, since I'm still a student. Can anyone tell me if a Bonafide certificate would be enough?
My port of entry into Europe will be Germany, I'm visiting a friend there.
#2 Jun 17th, 2018, 11:36
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Yes, a NOC is required from the institution. It should declare that they have no objection in your visiting the country.
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As far as I know, Germany is not really interested if you are allowed to travel (this is how I understand NOC, I might be wrong) but what they want is good reasons for you to fly back to India! An official paper from the university is necessary which says that you are a student and that you still will be when you return and that you are off for the time of travel. You should also not apply for a too long time. For the first Schengen visa 2-3 weeks would be good. More is theoretically possible but you tell them that you are not really needed in India when you apply for, let's say, 90 days.

Three points are important:
- a reason for your travel (visit friend, travel, culture ...)
- enough money (either you have enough or you get an official invitation letter from your friend in Germany "Verpflichtungserklärung")
- reasons to fly back (your studies)

You will also need a travel insurance, which you can cancel if you do not get the visa.

Hand in more papers if you have! Where possible, you need to use official papers. And apply early enough, it might take some weeks. They usually will give you the visa within the time frame you applied for with some days as a security.

If your friend is more than just a friend, you should be very open with that. They would find out if you are not telling the truth and reject the visa. But you should have really good answers to your questions.

Good luck!
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A Bonafide certificate would not suffice? Apparently thats enough for a UK visa?
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Bonafide certificate may not be sufficient.

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