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I am a Filipino passport holder and let's just say that I currently have a valid visa (and am living in) an Eastern European country that is not part of the Schengen system. Should I want to visit a Western European country could I apply for a visa at the country where I am currently staying in the Balkans?

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Yes, you can - but they want to see a justification why you're not applying from within your home country.

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The justification can be as simple as "I'm living in this country (please see attached copy of my residence permit)".

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Actually, being a residence of the country where you apply is a requirement for French visa at least. So being a tourist is not enough, even if you have good reasons. – guigui42 Mar 7 '13 at 3:15
@guigui42 if that is true then the French are not implementing the relevant part of the Schengen visa code. This code calls for consulates to process visa applications for non-residents who have a good reason not to apply in their home country. – phoog Nov 11 '15 at 22:29
@Jonas if someone is living in a country, then that person is generally a resident of the country, not a non-resident. – phoog Nov 11 '15 at 22:37

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