Schengen Visa in Ghana
Schengen Visa in Ghana
Schengen Visa Refusal in Ghana
Schengen Visa Refusal in Ghana

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As a general rule, an application for a Schengen visa will be refused when the examination of the application leads to one or more of the following conclusions:

  • the applicant has presented a travel document which is false, counterfeit or forged;
  • the applicant does not provide justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay;
  • the applicant does not provide proof of sufficient means of subsistence, both for the duration of the intended stay and for the return to their country of origin or residence, or for the transit to a third county into which he is certain to be admitted, or is not in a position to acquire such means lawfully;
  • the applicant is a person for whom an alert has been issued for SIS for the purpose of refusing entry;
  • the applicant is considered to be a threat to public policy, internal security or public health or to the international relations of any of the member states in particular where an alert has been issued in member states national database for the purpose of refusing entry or the same grounds;
  • does not provide proof of holding adequate and valid travel medical insurance where applicable;
  • there are reasonable doubts as to the authenticity of the supporting documents submitted by the applicant or the veracity of their content, the reliability of the statements made by the applicant or his intention to leave the territory of the member states before the expiry of the visa applied for.
Is there a right of appeal against a Schengen visa refusal?

An applicant who has been refused a visa is entitled to appeal against the decision. In respect of the right of appeal Article 32 of the Visa Code stipulates that:

  • the affected applicant must lodge the visa appeal against the Member State that took the final decision on the application;
  • the appeal must be conducted in accordance with the national law of that Member State;
  • the Member State shall provide the applicant with information regarding the procedure to be followed in the event of an appeal including the competent authority and time limit for lodging such an appeal.

Notwithstanding this right of appeal, an applicant may also decide to submit a fresh application and challenge the grounds upon which they do not agree with the decision to refuse their application. This however involves the payment of the appropriate visa fee.

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