Invitation Letter for Schengen Visa

An invitation letter or a proof of accommodation for your Schengen Visa application is a written document from a person who you plan to visit in a Schengen Area country. They will be inviting you to stay with them or may represent the business or institution that provides the reason for your trip. By default, the writer of the letter guarantees that you will not stay in the country illegally.

An invitation letter is looked upon as important by visa officials as it explains the purpose of your visit, gives a specific time frame for your stay, and offers immigration officials a point of contact should they believe you might be overstaying your visa. Therefore, getting one will make it much more likely you are granted a visa.

They are not for tourism purposes. However, if you are visiting family or friends, or need to visit Europe for business or educational reasons, obtaining an invitation letter is often required - especially for work reasons.