My brother has received a refusal letter from Netherlands Embassy for a Short Stay Schengen Visa. He is of Vietnamese nationality, 17 years old and is currently a high school student. I am a Resident in France (for 3 years now) and we planned to travel together during his summer holiday. We wanted to stay the longest in Netherlands, therefore, we chose to apply with a 15-day itinerary to the Netherlands embassy in Kuala Lumpur (through Hanoi VFS)
Besides the standard documents, we also submitted:
- Travel planning + hotel and flights (reserved but not paid)
- My mother's letter of financial sponsorship for him (with all related financial proof under her name - savings account, land registration, car registration, etc. Please note that my mom has received a 90-day visa to France previously with these documents)
- Letter from his school detailing that he's currently a student in summer holiday and will come back to study in August 2016 (from the school's headmaster with official stamp)
- Letter stamped by authorities that my parents allow him to travel alone to Europe, and that he will be under my responsibility for his whole stay in Europe
- Letter from me supporting his visa application
He got refused on two grounds, detailed in the letter: number 3 and 9.
The explanation is, of course, very vague as usual. However, according to my understanding, the Dutch said that 1) they don't believe that he process the sufficient financial means FREELY AND INDEPENDENTLY to travel and 2) he does not show sufficient SOCIAL AND/OR ECONOMIC TIES to his home country and also does not show a regular income
We read it as 1) All of the financial documents are under my mother's name and even though she has written a letter to allow him to use this money, the money is not FREELY under his control => Therefore, it would have been better if we change the name of the savings account and the VISA account into his name.
2) He does not have a strong economic ties: no property, no car/valuable things, etc. and social ties: no marriage, at school age, no job, no wages, etc.
=> For this, I don't know how to fix it. He's a minor, under 18 years old so naturally he does not have all of these. There is a letter from school but it seems that it is not adequate for the embassy.
All in all, I understand that for a Vietnamese passport, this is nearly an impossible case to get through. However, I hope that someone with expertise on the matter can set some light to it.
Is there a window for minor of developing countries, as Vietnam, to get the short stay Schengen visa? I mean, how can I prove my minor brother's social/economic ties any stronger in this case?
I am thinking of reapplying but I need to make a stronger case. And at the moment, I am stuck. I thought about 1) changing name to all financial proof to his name 2) re-write the letter from the Headmaster to make it sound stronger 3) submit his Results Sheet of previous school years to show that he's been a good student and 4) a cover letter written by him to express his interest again
Thank you in advance for your help! I really appreciate it.