I am currently studying in Germany. My friend wants to apply for a Schengen visit visa to visit me in Germany. But with an increasing number of refugees in Germany, visitors from Pakistan are also facing similar visa rejections (that the concerned person will never return).

Now to avoid this issue we are considering applying through another European member state with lower visa rejection ratio (eg Iceland) as entry port and then travel to Germany (staying there 1 month or so). and then going back from the same port used for entry. What issue could we face?


The issue you will face is that, with the itinerary you've presented, your visa application will be refused. Under the Schengen rules, you must apply to the embassy of the country which is the main destination for your trip. In this case, it's unambiguously Germany. The Schengen rules were formulated to prevent 'visa shopping'. That is, applying to the state who you think will look most favorably on your application.

What's to stop you presenting an itinerary for a month long stay in Iceland, and then deviating from this itinerary to spend most of your time in Germany? Theoretically, not much. But you will be questioned at the border when you enter Iceland. If you are found out, you will be sent back where you came from. And getting further Schengen visas will be extremely difficult.

What can you do instead? If you really don't want to apply to the German embassy, perhaps think of genuinely changing your itinerary so that you are able to apply to a different state. Also bear in mind that a month stay is quite long for a holiday. A shorter itinerary may be less likely to face problems. Once you have established a record of complying with your visa conditions, longer stays may be more likely to be granted.

  • if itinerary is 50% visiting days in iceland and 50% in Germany. will it be safe then? like at the time of applying for visa. Can i show itinerary for both countries? a short stay in both. – user77175 May 2 '18 at 15:25
  • @user77175 If you plan to spend an equal time in each country, you must apply to the country in which you’ll enter Schengen. So an application to Iceland in this case ought to be acceptable. You should only apply with an itinerary you genuinely intend to use. – MJeffryes May 2 '18 at 15:27
  • what if stay in germany prolonged a bit after coming from iceland? and then using Germany as exit port? – user77175 May 2 '18 at 15:31
  • @user77175 If you are questioned on leaving Germany and they discover you’ve deviated from your itinerary without a good explanation, you could be penalised for future applications (to all Schengen countries) – MJeffryes May 2 '18 at 15:32

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