Service Update: January 2021
You should follow UK Government and Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) guidance on travelling during COVID-19 including advice on returning to the UK following a period of travel abroad.
We are able to provide this document electronically with a digital stamp and signature, or we can provide a physical document with a wet stamp and signature. Please specify on your form how you would like to receive the document.
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 need to apply for a Schengen Visa to visit them, 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 the online request form. Please make sure that you include the full name and UK 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 three to five working days.
You can choose to receive this document physically or electronically.
Only a specific number of embassies require an original signature, and the Student Services Centre is aware of those embassies that require it.
On your Schengen Visa Letter there will be instructions for your embassy to follow should they wish to verify the authenticity of the document, this includes sending us a scanned copy of the letter.
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.