You should first check if you really need a visa for the country you’re travelling to. In case you do, you have to apply at the appropriate embassy or consulate of the country you will be travelling to.
If you are planning to visit two or more Schengen countries, you should apply for the visa in the embassy or consulate of the country you will be residing in for most of the travelling days. This will be your main destination.
In case there is no main destination but just a random visit to several Schengen countries, you need to apply for the visa at the embassy or consulate of the first Schengen country you will enter.
The Schengen visa application and the accompanying documents are submitted in your country of residence.
They may also be submitted in the country where the applicant does not have permanent residence. In that case, the reason for applying in another country should be stated.
When applying for a Schengen visa, you should:
Applying for a visa is only the first step – it doesn’t necessarily mean that it would actually be granted or issued. All diplomatic offices have the discretionary right to reject the applications that are considered unacceptable.
Your application may be rejected for any of the following reasons:
The Schengen visa application procedure may be only a formality. On the other hand, you may also be invited for an interview, in which case you will be required to answer the official’s questions. We recommend that you answer briefly and truthfully. You may be asked about:
If you’re travelling to a Schengen country in order to get married or to visit your spouse who is the resident or the citizen of this country, you may be asked a number of very detailed and private questions. Additional questions may be posed if so requested by the authorities of the Schengen country of destination. All travels for the purpose of family reunion are treated specially, and the visa issued in such cases may entitle the holder to permanent residence in the country of destination.
Schengen Related Legal Texts Adopted Within the EU Law are:
Schengen Borders Code (Regulation (EC) No 562/2006)
This Code governs the movement across the borders of the Schengen area countries and the harmonisation of the criteria for crossing the outside borders of the Schengen area by the citizens of other countries.
Visa Code (Regulation (EC) No 810/2009)
This Code defines the procedures for issuing short-stay visas and the airport transit visas.
Local Border Traffic Regime (Regulation (EC) 1931/2006)
The regulations governing the bilateral border agreements.