I recently successfully sponsored a UK long term visitor visa for my partner, who is a Cuban citizen residing in Cuba. We plan for him to make several 3-4 month visits to the UK during the validity period of the visa, and I would like to be able to travel to Europe with him (main destination would be Italy, possibly also France or Spain) for say 1-2 weeks during at least one of those visits (ie travelling from and returning to the UK).
AFAIK the following documents are required for him to apply for a Schengen visa from Cuba:
- return ticket (or booking) or evidence that the applicant has their own means of transport
- proof that the applicant has sufficient means of subsistence
- supporting documentation in relation to the applicant's social and professional status
- health insurance covering a minimum of €30,000
- proof of accommodation
When he applied for his UK visa, I provided an invitation letter and financially sponsored all his travel, accommodation, and maintenance costs. Is it possible for a UK citizen to do the same for a Schengen application, or does a sponsor have to be an EU citizen?