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My Mother had a schengen visa, applied at switzerland embasy in india. Validity is for 6 months(01-Mar-2013 to 31-Aug-2013) with single entry visa, She has already spent 88 days in switzerland and came back to home country(India), but want to apply for another schengen visa at sweden embasy in india, validity would be 90 days from 11-Aug-2013 with single entry visa.

I heard its not possible to apply for new schengen visa until expires the old one. Could you please provide your suggestions in this

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When did she enter and when is she planning to come back? –  Karlson Jun 27 '13 at 19:43
    
Related: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/8933/… –  Karlson Jun 27 '13 at 19:46
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marked as duplicate by Ankur Banerjee Jun 28 '13 at 22:45

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As far as I know, what you're heard is correct: you can only stay in the Schengen area for 90 days of any given 180-day period. It will thus not be possible for your mother to return before the 180-day period expires, and note that this period starts from the day she physically entered Europe, not when the visa validity started.

That said, she should be able to apply for her new visa before the 180-day period ends, it's only concerned with actually physically entering the country.

See also: About Schengen 90/180 rule

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