I'm planning my big Europe trip, and I'm quite excited about it!
I have received a grant to attend a programmer conference in September, and I have an invitation letter from them. Since it's a conference, I'm applying for a business visa.
The problem I think I might run into is that I'm a freelance software engineer, and a single male. I know this type of people look the most risky, given that they have a lot of flexibility. I'm honestly attending the event and coming back, but I'm looking for some ideas to prove that my online job is stable.
As of now, I have these documents:
- Bank statement of my local bank account (of past 6 months).
- A digital certificate of earnings from the web site I use to transfer my payments. It shows how much I earned in past 12 months, 6 months, 3 months and the last month.
- I use a prepaid Master Card to withdraw my money. I also have a screenshot of all transactions of past 6 months.
The amounts match each other and I can show more money than what I would ever need. But I do not have pay stubs or checks. All transactions are completely digital.
I will also provide a hotel confirmation and a return flight ticket confirmation. I also have the invitation and my cover letter includes links to the web site that mentions that I have received the grant (along with 20 other grant winners).
I actually have two questions:
How accepting is the Schengen visa schemes of digital transactions? I can provide a photocopy of the same card I use, and I can even show the physical master card to them, which has my name embedded and matching card numbers. I have submitted the same documents to other embassies and had no problems. Will I have problems with Schengen?
Given that I am a freelancer, unmarried, living in a developing country, I understand I should show that I definitely intend to come back. I'm done with my education and I am not in the age to own a vehicle or property (I'm 23). Is a return flight ticket considered a reason to come back?
I have visited other countries and have never overstayed or violated any immigration laws. Is a fairly used passport considered as a positive point to prove that I take immigration laws seriously?