My Schengen visa was refused with following reasons:
- Justification for purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not provided
- You have not provided proof of sufficient means of subsistence.
- You have not provided proof that you are in position to lawfully acquire means of subsistence.
- The information regarding justification for purpose and condition of intended stay was not reliable.
- Visa Shopping suspicion
I am not sure what has happened here. Based on rejection details given, I believe they suspect I didn't provide enough evidence of subsistence which led to other conclusions.
I had 2 Schengen visas in past, last one was almost 5 years back and I am well-travelled across many countries. This time the Hungary consulate refused my visa. My itinerary was like 5 days in country 1, 2 in country 2 and then 6 days in Hungary, so I applied for Hungary.
My trip is self sponsored with all confirmed bookings. I provided all confirmed air tickets and train bookings. Only in one case where I had to catch a bus, I simply mentioned that without any booked ticket. Is this not right way to show bookings?
I have provided income tax returns and salary slips along with a bank statements (not with big balance but showing cashflows), which should have been sufficient along with a good travel history (same has worked on previous occasions). I can easily provide more details on this. I attached Bank statement of one account which had cashflows and not necessarily deposited funds. All these are more than sufficient for trip.
My concern here is that it impacts my future prospects of Visas. I don't want to reapply a fresh application or change itinerary because I did everything correctly and it feels something has been misinterpreted.
Should I appeal against this decision? Could that make things worse?