My wife's nationality is Indian, We currently both reside in New Zealand. My wife holds a New Zealand permanent residence and we are looking at getting a Shengen Visa, however, being 1) in New Zealand Time Frame and 2) Europe's time is night time for us makes it hard for us to get this sorted quickly.

My wife has just received her British Holiday Visa - Approved Today!

We are looking to attend Europe from June 1st through to 6th July 2018.

Our current timeframe appears below:

  • Leave New Zealand:
  • UK 3rd-7th 5 days Total
  • France 8th-11th 3 days Total
  • France 11th-13th 3 days Total
  • Portugal 14th-17th 4 days Total
  • Spain 18th-20th 3 days Total
  • Croatia 21st-26th 5 days Total
  • UK 27th-29th 3 days Total
  • Belgium 30th-3rd 4 days Total
  • Then Back to New Zealand

My wife has attempted to book an appointment via the French Embassy, however, they currently only have 1 appointment available on the 31st May and we fly out of the country that day.

We have just found a number for the Belgium Consulate in Wellington, NZ so we will be contacting them early tomorrow morning NZTime.

We also have mixed reviews as to if Croatia is currently part of the shengen accepted countries - any clarification on this would be very much appreciated.

Just seeking any and all advice to help my wife get a visa so we can finally enjoy our trip.

To Note; I am British so visas (Luckily for me) won't be a problem.

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    ... postpone your vacation to next year and start planning in better time then? – hmakholm left over Monica May 8 '18 at 10:07
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    That’s a huge amount of travelling, you’ll be spending half your time travelling to/from or in airports on top of adjusting to jet lag! Croatia is not currently in Schengen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_Area – Traveller May 8 '18 at 10:39
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    I am not so sure where you see any complexity in this situation. As a wife of an EU citizen, she has the right to get a visa to travel together with you and it is a straight forward process, where barely any documentation is needed. You do however have to get an appointment at the competent consulate and you simply have to plan a bit in advance. There is no realistic way for you or your wife to get through the application process and get an approved visa in just three weeks. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo May 8 '18 at 10:48
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    Tor makes an excellent point, but note that (as you are a UK citizen) the right of an expedited visa for travel with an immediate family member who's an EU citizen does not extend to your visit to the UK. – MadHatter May 8 '18 at 11:08
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    @Traveler for the wife of an EU citizen there is no need to strengthen the application. It can only be refused if she is a threat to public safety, public health, or public policy. There's no need to overcome presumption of immigrant intent, nor to demonstrate financial means, nor any of the other usual visa application hurdles. – phoog May 8 '18 at 12:57

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