I am an Indian national working in Kuwait with residency here. I wanted to take my family on a euro trip this may. The family included my wife and daughter (who live with me) and my parents-in-law who live in India.

We made an itinerary with 3 countries, first port of entry France, however number of days in Italy, hence applied for Schengen visa at the Italian embassy both in Kuwait (for us) and in India ( for our parents-in-law). I am the sponsor for all.

Our parents-in-law got their visa, however, our visa in Kuwait was refused as I had maintained a low bank balance in my account. Hence, the five of us did not travel.

Now, we rescheduled the trip to September (this month).This time our itinerary was a little longer (14 days as against the previous 9 days), we added a couple more days in France and added another country.So , this time we applied for Schengen visa at the French embassy in Kuwait and India. However, we did not apply in parallel, waited for our visa result to apply for our parents-in-law.

We received our visa in Kuwait and submitted to them in India. However, their visa got refused to state "information provided for purpose and conditions of the trip not reliable ".

We submitted all documentation inc. flight return tickets, accommodations, inter-country train tickets, sponsors bank statements, salary certificate, leave certificate, our visa etc.....we also added bank statements, FD's and share papers of the father-in-law.

I want to reapply this week and try one last time. I have expanded my covering letter incl. the following information:

  1. why they did not travel last may (inc. our refusal letter as proof)

  2. why we have applied at the different embassy(explained the change in itinerary)

  3. attached some local tours we have booked in each country to show that we mean to respect our itinerary.

  4. added property papers of own house of father-in-law to ensure that he will be returning back.

What else can I do? What went wrong?

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    Could you post the exact text of the refusal? It looks like you haven't used the exact words, and those really matter! – Gagravarr Sep 2 '15 at 11:24
  • the exact text was "justifications provided regarding purpose and conditions of your trip are not considered reliable" – rex Sep 2 '15 at 11:55
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    @rex we have the answers for you already :) Please look at the link Gagravarr provided and the especially this one: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/53411/… – Gayot Fow Sep 2 '15 at 12:20
  • i have checked the link . but , I seem to be clear on those areas .I am not able to zero in on the cause of refusal – rex Sep 2 '15 at 13:10
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    @rex, I understand your wanting to frame your own case, but it's a duplicate anyway. You will have read that your refusal is a rather serious one and I doubt that changing consulates and throwing more evidence at them will be of much help. You need to focus on what you have already provided. – Gayot Fow Sep 2 '15 at 19:28