Schengen Visa is a document issued by the appropriate authorities to the interested party for visiting/travelling to and within the Schengen Area.
The Schengen Area is comprised of 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 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.
Who needs a Schengen visa?
The citizens of the non-Schengen member countries are requested a mandatory Schengen Visa in order to enter the Schengen Zone. There are exceptions to this rule: some countries that are not part of the Schengen Agreement yet, aren’t required a visa to enter the Schengen zone.
Types of Schengen Visa
Regarding the nature/purpose of the travel, there are several types of a Schengen visa issued by the designated embassy/consulate.
- Uniform Schengen Visas (USV)
The Uniform Schengen Visa stands for a permit of one of the Schengen Area Member Countries to transit or reside in the desired territory for a certain period of time up to the maximum of 90 days every six month period starting from the date of entry.
- Limited territorial validity visas (LTV)
This type of visa obtained allows you to travel only in the Schengen State that has issued the visa or in some other cases, in the certain Schengen States specifically mentioned when applying for the visa. Apart from these Schengen countries, this specific visa is invalid to any other Schengen country not specified prior.
- National Visas
The national visa of “D” category is granted to the certain individuals who would like to study, work or permanently reside in one of the Schengen countries. The national visa can be of a single entry, granted for the people who are in need of residing in the Schengen country for a certain period of time, or for a sole purpose after which they shall return to their country.
Apply for your visa now!
The Easter Bank Holiday weekend is fast approaching therefore NOW it is the best time to beat the rush for applying for your Schengen visa to Europe.
How soon can I apply for my Schengen visa?
You can apply as early as 3 months before your date of travel.
Why is it better to apply now?
We always find that before the busy times like Bank Holidays or Summer Holidays the appointments available to agencies and public often become unavailable, so it is always better to apply as early as 3 months before to avoid missing out on availability of appointments and ultimately missing your holidays.
How long does it take to get my visa?
Visas usually take only 4 working days for most nationals from the day of the appointment. City Legal Services can provide appointments sooner than available to the public.
Please note that biometrics last 5 years now.
What are the benefits of applying through City Legal Services?
We are one of a handful companies that can do Schengen Visas. Our friendly and dedicated Team will guide you through the process from your first email or phone call to the very end when your visa is issued.
We will tell you exactly what documents you need to apply and we will help you to correct any mistakes with your application. We will also book a premium appointment and submit your documents on your behalf, collect your visa and inform you about the outcome.
At the moment appointments at City Legal Services are available as soon as on the next working day.
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