My family and I are planning a holiday trip to Italy from India.

I was reading the list of documents required for our visa application and saw a requirement to document our socio-professional standing.

I can provide school records or income-tax returns for me and my father.

The real problem is my mother doesn't have any of the documents requested in order to show her socio-professional standing. She's a housewife and does not have any educational qualifications, so there are no school records for her.

Are there any other ways to document the socio-professional standing for her?

  • What type of visa are you seeking?
    – Relaxed
    Mar 27, 2015 at 17:28
  • @Relaxed Tourism visa for not more than 8-10 days.. Mar 27, 2015 at 17:33
  • Is your mother travelling with her spouse (maybe your father?) or only with you?
    – Relaxed
    Mar 27, 2015 at 17:51
  • @Relaxed yes shes travellig with her spouse i.e my father Mar 27, 2015 at 17:55

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If your mother does not have something to show for socio-professional, she can still submit documents on the strength of her social standing (i.e., the 'socio' part of socio-professional).

Examples would include, her marriage certificate, church/religious memberships, other memberships and affiliations that demonstrate an engagement with society. A reference from the family doctor might be helpful, but shouldn't be seen as required.

Since she is applying as part of a family group, it is unlikely to make a big difference either way. They are aware that not every applicant has formal credentials and as long as the primary is acceptable they will normally grant the dependant relatives a visa also.

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