Service Update: Schengen Visa Letter
5 May 2020
Following the recent announcement by the UK Government regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have suspended our face-to-face service and the Student Services Centre team is now working remotely. The UK Government has also advised against all but essential travel, meaning that we not offer a Schengen Visa Letter to students at this time.
If you’re studying in the UK on a student visa and want to travel to Europe while you’re here, you’ll need a travel visa. A large number of European countries are part of a free movement area call the Schengen Area, which means that you’ll only need to apply for one visa to visit as many of those countries as you like!
The countries which make up the Schengen Area are:
How can I request a Schengen Visa Letter to support my application?
To request this letter, simply fill out our quick online request form. Please make sure that you include the full name and address of the embassy you’re applying to in the request!
Frequently Asked Questions
A Schengen Visa Letter confirms the same information as a Student Status Certificate but is addressed to the embassy that you’re applying to - if we don’t include this information, it is likely to be rejected.
We aim to process all requests for this letter within one to two working days.
When you request a Schengen Visa Letter, you will be offered a choice of how you would like to receive the document. You can choose to collect the letter from the Student Services Centre, have it emailed to you or receive the document via post.
We are aware that certain embassies require an original signature and will produce a Schengen Visa Letter for you containing an original signature accordingly.
Please note, if you request and a Schengen Visa Letter for a country requiring an original signature and request to have to document emailed to you, it will digitise the signature and it will likely be rejected by the embassy.
Yes, if you are currently on year in industry or have interrupted your studies you are still eligible to receive a Schengen Visa Letter.
No, once your studies at Royal Holloway have finished we will be unable to provide a Schengen Visa Letter for you.