My Schengen visa was rejected twice.

I booked a honeymoon package to Europe for 8 days from a travel agent, which included multiple European places. The departure from Mumbai is on June 28, to France. I submitted all documents to them. They cross-checked everything and submitted to VFS at the France embassy in Mumbai.

The first time it was rejected, it stated 1) "sufficient means of subsistence not provided."

Hence the agent told me to maintain a sufficient balance and that they would reapply and gave me date of 16th September 2014.

The second time I maintained funds and also submitted some extra documents like marriage certificate. Again it was rejected with two reasons:

  1. Insufficient means of sustenance.
  2. Intention to leave the territory could not be ascertained.

I don't understand how can they do such negligence for the second time.

Is there any way I can go to the French embassy in Mumbai and explain all this and get it sorted?

I wrote an appeal to the commission of appeal in France, once soon after my first visa refusal but the commission replied back stating that since the appeal letter is written in English, they have rejected the appeal letter.

I feel mentally tortured not only because my visa was rejected but also because I made full payment of 230,000 INR to the agent and they are refusing to refund the entire amount.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Is getting someone to translate your appeal letter into French an option? And did you include enough evidence of ties to India to reassure the French that you really would leave at the end of your trip?
    – Gagravarr
    Commented Aug 23, 2014 at 13:28
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    230000 INR sounds like a lot of money for a Schengen visa application, are you sure this agent is reputable?
    – Relaxed
    Commented Aug 23, 2014 at 19:29
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    @Relaxed that might be the fee for the whole honeymoon package.
    – Ansari
    Commented Aug 25, 2014 at 5:04
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    Since you are going to several destination in Europe, you should try other country embassy. Commented Sep 8, 2014 at 6:15
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    I don't understand this comment - "I don't understand how can they do such negligence for the second time." Who is negligent? The consulate or your travel agent? Also why did you pay for the trip before securing the visa, it is explicitly mentioned in most places to not pay for your trip before you can secure the relevant documents.
    – nikhil
    Commented Mar 3, 2016 at 16:23

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Judging by the reasons listed in your denial I would wager that one or more of the following are an issue:

  1. Insufficient means of sustenance
    This primarily means that the proof of your bank balance is either not considered proof enough, or more likely is considered insufficient. Check the website below for how much per day of the stay you should have allocated for your trip. Since you are requesting it from French government it is French conditions that you should satisfy(bit more then 50 euros per day). http://www.mediavisa.net/schengen-means-of-subsistence.php

  2. If the tourist agency provided you with a return ticket and you have a sufficient bank balance then what they listed as a denial reason number two is a bit weird. The only reason I can think of it is a reputation of the tourist agency in question, a previous case of their 'tourist' overstaying or something.

In any case you should definitely call or e-mail an embassy and ask about your current case and ask if they can clarify the denial points. Most importantly to have them tell you how much money is enough and how can you prove you are coming back. Based on their reply you should draft an appeal in French.

As far as the agency and your refund you should check your contract with them and refunding conditions. If it states they are responsible for obtaining your visa then you are probably entitled for a refund and could sue them for it. If it says it is your responsibility you are not likely to get refunded at least not through legal means.

In that case one other option to consider would be to negotiate your payment as a payment for a different, non schengen visa requiring, trip through the same agency...

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