What is a no objection letter and how do you get one?

A no objection letter is a document from your employer, school or university which states that you have contractual or educational obligations in your homeland which you plan to return to. It is also known as a No Objection Certificate for Visa or NOC.

This letter could be required for your Schengen visa application.

Why do I need to submit a no objection letter?

A no objection letter will help reassure authorities in the country where you are applying for your Schengen Visa that you will not overstay your visa and attempt to remain in a European Union or Schengen Area state illegally, as you will be returning home to work or study.

Is it mandatory to submit a no objection letter

A no objection letter can be mandatory for some countries, but is often optional. However, it is always a good idea to obtain and submit one as it can improve your prospects of getting a Schengen Visa as well as speeding up the process and helping you through the interview questions.

What are the different types of no objection letters?

There are two basic types of no objection letters depending on your employment or educational status - no objection letters for employees and no objection letters for students.

The no objection letter for employees is written by an employer on behalf of your company - who will write to state that you, as their employee, have obligations at work that you will return to. The letter will also confirm that you are in a financial position to afford your trip to the Schengen Area.

Students can obtain a letter written by a responsible person from a university, school or college. This could be an adviser, head of department, or the dean of the school. The letter will state that the student who is applying for a Schengen Visa is enrolled in the university and will have to return to complete their degree. It could also verify any scholarship or funds that may ensure you are financially able to travel to Europe.

How do you obtain your no objection letter from an employer or university?

There are various ways to get a no objection letter - with the easiest being to just ask your boss or supervisor. If leave for your trip has already been approved, you can simply make a request and they should agree to provide one. If you are a student and your travel happens during university breaks or you have already received special permission to miss classes, then similarly, you can ask someone in a position of responsibility at your university or school.

To obtain your no objection letter, you may have to agree to planned leave with your employer, or time off classes, before you can obtain your visa. However, you may be able to speak to your supervisor or university officials to provisionally agree to leave on the understanding you will obtain a visa.

What is the format of a no objection letter?

The no objection letter format is quite simple - the letter does not have to be lengthy or complicated, but must simply state that the company or university does not have any objections to their employee or student getting a Schengen Visa to travel, and that they trust you to return to complete your study or work obligations. It will need to contain; the date on which it was written, the address of the visa application center or embassy you are applying to, your name, address, and the contact information for the person writing the letter on behalf of the company or educational institution. In addition, the letter has to contain a paragraph stating that officials at the company or university have no objections to you traveling for the duration of your planned trip.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about obtaining a no objection letter

Does my employer or university have to write me a no objection letter should I request one?

No. But if you are visiting the Schengen Area to work or study with their blessing they should provide one.

Will failing to get a no objection letter jeopardize my Schengen Visa application?

Although getting a no objection letter isn’t mandatory - failing to get one could harm your application - particularly if it relates to work or study.

What should I ask my employer or university officials to write in my no objection letter?

The no objection letter must contain your contact details - their contact details - including an address as well as a paragraph or two explaining why they have no objection to your trip and expect you to return to complete your obligations with them.