1.To avoid hassle and too much stress , you must prepare all you papers a head of time one by one , step by step and as they said slowly but surely.
2. When you know which country and knew what requirements you need to prepare, you must gather first the mandatory requirements then all supporting documents. Check this general schengen visa requirements .Click here and this sample checklist you must download if applying at Norwegian Embassy. Letter of invitation is important when you visiting a friend or family specially when they are acting as your sponsor.
I must says in all type of visa, having a Certificate of Employment and copies of your payslip at least 3-6 months really help if you don’t have a bank statement to show or ITR. If you are self employed please submit a photo copy of your DTI Business Permit and if you are freelancer you must have copy of a contract for your future or up coming project. If you own some property submit a photo copy of your land title. These things will help you to prove that you coming back in the Philippines and you are financially capable. And even it’s not written on the general requirements that I need some proof to show my relationship with my Aunt in Switzerland because I’m planning to visit her, I also order at NSO a Birth certificate of her, my grandma and my father.
Lesson #1 Prepare all possible documents that will help you during and after application because same papers will save you specially when talking to the Immigration officer at passport control. Make sure you have photo copies of all the necessary documents during your flight. You can also check this First Travel Abroad : WHAT TO DO & WHAT TO BRING.
3.Once you know which country in schengen area is your first entry, find which consulate/embassy you need to make appointment. What I did is find the exact location of the embassy so during your appointment date you know exactly what route you going to take and you can also avoid stuck in traffic so you will not be late on your appointment.
Maybe you don’t believe me if I will tell you that me and my sister walked 6 hours just to find the embassy of Norway in GBC in Taguig. Yes, you read correctly 6 hours, we witness how the sun go down. haha I was afraid riding on taxi if I don’t know exactly the place or way to get there plus I believed that when you walking around you get more familiar to the place. When we found where exactly it is we got surprised when the security guard tell us that is not the embassy office where I can submit the application documents –> Royal Norwegian Embassy in Manila