Uniform Schengen Visa

Uniform Schengen Visas (USV) are travel documents that allow non-European Union (EU) citizens to visit the Schengen Area for short-term stays.
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Schengen Area Coverage: The USV allows you to travel within the entire Schengen Area, which includes 26 European countries. These countries have abolished internal border controls, allowing visa holders to move freely between them. The Schengen countries include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Croatia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

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The USV is granted for various purposes, including tourism, business trips, visiting family or friends, attending conferences or events, or receiving medical treatment. You need to specify your purpose of visit when applying for the visa.

Duration of Stay: The USV allows you to stay in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. This means you can spend a total of 90 days in the Schengen countries within any 180-day period, counting from the date of your first entry.

Visa Validity: The USV is typically issued with a specific validity period. This period indicates the dates within which you can enter the Schengen Area. The duration of stay allowed within the 90-day limit will be calculated based on your entry and exit dates.

Application Process: To apply for a USV, you need to submit your application to the embassy or consulate of the main Schengen country you plan to visit or spend the most time in. The application process involves completing a visa application form, providing supporting documents (such as a valid passport, travel itinerary, proof of accommodation, travel insurance, and financial means), and paying the visa fee.

Schengen Area Coverage: The USV allows you to travel within the entire Schengen Area, which includes 26 European countries. These countries have abolished internal border controls, allowing visa holders to move freely between them. The Schengen countries include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Croatia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

The Uniform Schengen Visa applies to all of the “A” and “C” categories, depending on the reason for travel.

  • Type A Schengen Visa

  • Type A visas are known as “Airport Transit Visas” (ATV) and are specifically designed for travelers who are transiting through the international transit area of Schengen airports without entering the Schengen Area itself.
  • This visa allows a short stay in the international transit zone of the airport for a limited period, typically a few hours to a few days.
  • Type A visas are required for nationals of certain countries who are passing through the Schengen Area to reach their final non-Schengen destination.
  • This visa does not permit entry into the Schengen Area or travel between Schengen countries. If you plan to leave the airport or enter a Schengen country during your transit, you will need to apply for a different type of visa.
  • Type C Schengen Visa

  • Type C visas, also known as “Short-Stay Visas,” are the most common category of Schengen visas. They are issued for various short-term purposes, such as tourism, business trips, family visits, or attending conferences.
  • Type C visas allow stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period.
  • Type C visas are suitable for travelers planning short-term visits to one or more Schengen countries.
  • The type C visa does not grant the right to work or study in the Schengen Area.
  • Type C visas can be either single-entry, double-entr or multiple-entry.
  • Single-entry

With a single-entry Type C visa, you can enter the Schengen Area once and stay for up to 90 days. Once you exit, the visa expires.

The single-entry USV is suitable for travelers who plan to visit the Schengen Area for a specific purpose, such as tourism, business meetings, attending conferences or events, visiting family or friends, or receiving medical treatment.

With a single-entry USV, you can stay in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days in total. This period begins from the date of your entry into the Schengen Area.

The single-entry USV has a specific validity period during which you can enter the Schengen Area. This period is usually mentioned on the visa sticker affixed to your passport.

Once you exit the Schengen Area, even if you haven’t used the full 90-day limit, your single-entry USV becomes invalid. If you plan to re-enter the Schengen Area after leaving, you will need to apply for a new visa.

With a single-entry USV, you have the freedom to travel within the Schengen countries during your authorized stay. However, it’s important to keep in mind that once you exit the Schengen Area, you cannot re-enter using the same visa.

Generally, single-entry USVs cannot be extended while you are in the Schengen Area. If you wish to stay beyond the authorized duration or re-enter the Schengen Area, you would need to apply for a new visa from a consulate or embassy outside the Schengen Area.

  • Double-entry

A double-entry Uniform Schengen Visa (USV) allows the visa holder to enter the Schengen Area twice within the visa’s validity period. Each entry permits a stay of up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

  • Multiple-entry

A multiple-entry Type C visa permits multiple entries into the Schengen Area within the visa’s validity period. However, the total stay must not exceed 90 days within a 180-day period.

The multi-entry USV is suitable for travelers who need to make multiple trips to the Schengen Area within a specific timeframe. It provides flexibility for individuals who frequently travel to Schengen countries for various purposes, such as business, tourism, or visiting family.

Each stay with a multi-entry USV is limited to a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period. The 180-day period starts from the date of your first entry into the Schengen Area.

The multi-entry USV has a specific validity period during which you can enter and exit the Schengen Area multiple times. This period is usually mentioned on the visa sticker affixed to your passport.

With a multi-entry USV, you can exit and re-enter the Schengen Area multiple times within the visa’s validity period. However, it’s important to ensure that the total number of days spent in the Schengen countries does not exceed 90 days within a 180-day period.

During your authorized stays, you are free to travel within the Schengen countries. However, it’s crucial to track your total days of stay and ensure they do not exceed the 90-day limit within a 180-day period.

Similar to other Schengen Visas, extensions are generally not possible for multi-entry USVs. If you wish to stay beyond the authorized duration or make further entries into the Schengen Area, you would need to apply for a new visa from a consulate or embassy outside the Schengen Area.

multi-entry USV can be either 1 year multiple-entry visa, 3 year multiple-entry visa or 5 year multiple-entry visa.

  • 1 year multiple-entry: The 1-year multiple-entry Uniform Schengen Visa allows multiple entries and exits within a year. Each stay is limited to 90 days within a 180-day period. Travelers have flexibility to move within the Schengen countries, but must monitor their total stay duration. Extensions are typically not allowed, so a new visa is required after expiration.
  • 3 year multiple-entry:The 3-year multiple-entry Uniform Schengen Visa allows individuals to enter and exit the Schengen Area multiple times over a three-year period. Each stay is limited to 90 days within a 180-day period. The visa provides extended flexibility for frequent travelers, with the ability to freely move within the Schengen countries. Extensions are generally not allowed, so a new visa is required after expiration. Compliance with immigration regulations and specific requirements may vary, so it’s advisable to consult the relevant embassy or consulate for accurate information.
  • 5 year multiple-entry: A 5-year multiple-entry Uniform Schengen Visa (USV) allows individuals to enter and exit the Schengen Area multiple times over a five-year period. Each stay is limited to 90 days within a 180-day period. This visa provides significant flexibility for frequent travelers, enabling them to freely move within the Schengen countries during their authorized stays. However, extensions are generally not permitted, necessitating the application for a new visa once it expires. It is important to comply with immigration regulations and consult the embassy or consulate of the relevant Schengen country for accurate information regarding application procedures and requirements.

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