The Schengen area comprises 26 countries that have agreed to allow free movement of their citizens within this area as a single country. Of the 26 countries bound by the Schengen agreement, 22 are part of the EU and the other 4 are part of the EFTA. Schengen Visa is the document issued by the appropriate authorities of the member countries to the interested party for visiting/travelling to and within the Schengen area.
The Schengen area covers the majority of European countries, except for the United Kingdom and countries such as Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Ireland soon to be part of the agreement. However, there are countries that are not part of the EU like Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein yet, do belong in the Schengen area and cherish the free movement policy.
Non-European citizens willing to travel to the Schengen Area are bound to apply for a short-term Schengen visa under “tourist” specification. Depending on the visa issued they may be allowed to enter once (single entry) or multiple times (multiple entry) and stay for no longer than 3 months 90 days per year in between the period of 6 months. Such a decision is made by the authorities depending on the nature of the applicant’s travel purpose and other relevant factors.
The applicant has to submit the application for a Schengen visa to the consulate or embassy of the country where they will be entering first or residing the most of the days in the trip. We can assist you with Schengen visas to Europe through most of the embassies and can assist clients in obtaining priority appointments much earlier than publicly available appointments through our accredited agents
Our Immigration lawyers at City Legal have immense experience in assisting clients on schengen visas for all different purposes. We can assist the clients in putting together necessary supporting documents, advice on application merits and secure priority appointments for submissions cutting down the waiting times. We are a multi award winning law firm and pride ourselves in being approachable, innovative and always going that extra mile to make sure our clients receive the individual attention they deserve. Our Immigration team maintains a high reputation and is committed to provide clear, transparent and reliable advice to our clients.