What are the grounds for the refusal of Schengen visa?

The Visa Code provides the following grounds for Schengen visa rejection:

  1. Submitting a false, counterfeit or forged travel document.
  2. Not providing justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay.
  3. Not providing proof of sufficient means of subsistence, both for the duration of the intended stay and for the return to the country
  4. If you have already stayed for three months during the current six-month period in the Schengen area.
  5. If an alert has been issued to you in the SIS.
  6. You are considered to be a threat to public policy, internal security or public health
  7. Not providing proof of holding adequate and valid travel medical insurance
  8. If there are reasonable doubts as to:
  • the authenticity of the supporting documents
  • the veracity of the contents of the supporting documents
  • the reliability of your statements
  • your intention to leave the Schengen area before the expiry of the visa you applied for

I think for most Filipinos, items 2, 3, and 8 are the most common reasons for visa rejection. The eyes of the visa examiners are trained to check for any signs of inconsistency and fraud.

Related: What to Do if Your Schengen Visa Application is Denied

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