Schengen refusal formulae can be difficult to understand sometimes.
When an applicant receives a refusal with "Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not provided", what does it mean?
When you see "Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not provided" on a Schengen refusal, it usually means that they decided that the application was either 'incoherent', or not credible, or both.
Coherence has a special meaning in the Schengen vocabulary; it means clear, sensible, consistent, and most importantly, understandable. An 'incoherent' application lacks these qualities. Coherent applications will generally succeed; incoherent applications will not. Some examples of incoherence are given in the handbook...
While these examples may not correspond to your situation, they have a common thread where the application was not consistent with the applicant's job, status, or apparent life-style.
Incoherence also includes applications that did not successfully establish a premise for the visit. Commonly, there is no apparent connection between the applicant's itinerary and his career, apparent life-style, or financial capacity. Some examples of this are...
An applicant's credibility can also result in a refusal reason of "Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not provided".
Some examples of credibility problems are...
All of the Schengen members offer a judicial remedy for a refusal, namely to appeal the decision. Each member has their own procedure and the particulars are too ponderous to cover here, but a refusal is accompanied with an explanation of how to proceed if the applicant wants to appeal. There is a great discussion about the decision to make an appeal here.
The other option is to correct the deficiencies in your original application and apply again. This way is invariably faster and cheaper and there is no required interval or "cooling-off period" between successive applications. However, it's important to recognize that a fresh application made immediately after a refusal is a recipe for disaster when one of the refusal reasons is "Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not provided". Before lodging a fresh application you need to understand precisely what brought about the refusal (especially if your credibility has been negatively assessed). For the best results, a fresh application should contain one or more of these...
Understanding the various Schengen refusal formulae can be daunting. If you do not understand how "Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not provided" applies to your case, or you are unsure of what evidence you can use to have a better result, then it's advisable to arrange a consultation with a lawyer who operates a practice area in Schengen visas.
The downside is that you may get scammed, especially if you are in Africa or South Asia. For this reason, a safe strategy is to instruct a lawyer who is licensed to practice in the member state you are applying to. Each member state operates a professional body that licenses lawyers and regulates their practice in accordance with EU standards.
In Spain, for example, it is the CONSEJO GENERAL DE LA ABOGACÍA ESPAÑOLA
In Belgium, One such organisation is the Ordre des barreaux francophones
For others, you can use the search portal offered by The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE).
Note that lawyers of this calibre will attract a fee for their services.
In some of the more egregious cases, a refusal will also have this reason: "Your intention to leave the territory of the member state before the expiry of visa could not be ascertained". In these cases, the decision-maker concluded that you were not a bona fide applicant.
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