I want to visit a friend who lives in Spain. She will be covering the cost of living and everything; she's willing to send me an invitation letter. as well. However, I have never traveled before and, with the situation I'm in, it's very confusing. Is there any way I can get a Schengen visa in Syria?
It depends. You have to convince the Spanish officials that you are a genuine tourist. That means you plan to come, see the sights, and leave again.
- They will want to know who pays the trip and why. If it is "a lot of money" for your friend, she has to explain why she will spend it.
- They will want to know what reasons you have to return to Syria. One of the best reasons is a stable and well-paid job. Other ties like owning property or many relatives who do not travel with you you can help, too.
Obviously Syria is not very stable right now, and any jobs in Syria are not very stable for the same reason. Think about what reasons you have not to overstay, beyond your honesty which is difficult to judge from your application.
I'm Syrian and I applied for a Schengen visit visa to visit 2 of my friends, one was a greek and the other one was a UAE national getting higher education in Athens. I live in the UAE and I have a stable job and a good salary. My passport was valid and my residency as well and I provided proof that I've never lived in Syria nor was I going to because my residency here is fixed. I was rejected both times out of fear that I was trying to seek asylum. Your case is way more severe with your residency coming to an end in KSA. So I'm guessing it would be rejected.
If you have residency in other country rather than Syria and stable, it will make a difference. Moreover, if you can prove you are really connected to this country, then you have high chances of getting the schengen visa but not 100% guaranteed.
So basically you have to prove you are a genuine traveller and you travelled to other countries before and did not break their visa. I am Syrian living in Egypt. First time I applied for a Schengen I got rejected I think because I did not have any travel history except Syria and Egypt. After travelling to the far east of Asia and coming back, I applied for a Schengen first as a visitor not as a tourism but this time with very strict documents that I am genuine traveller with very detailed documents about my ties to Egypt and I got it approved.
Once you get approved for the first time, It would be very easy to apply again.