I applied for a single entry Schengen visa via the Austrian Embassy. They've given me a multiple entry Schengen visa and along with it a leaflet which states to check whether the information is accurate according to the application. There's one point in the leaflet which says to check whether the type of visa (single entry/multiple) is the same as the one you've asked for in the application and to ask for correction if not so. Should I ask for a correction? I'll be in the Schengen area for 15 days and have no plans to leave it until my trip back to my country.

  • Do you have a history for travelling to Schengen? May 9, 2018 at 9:52
  • No, it's my first time. May 9, 2018 at 9:56
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    I don't think it's a problem. Just don't use the 'multiple entries' if you don't need to. May 9, 2018 at 10:10
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    Agreeing with la femme cosmique, I imagine the advice to check the type of visa granted is a standard warning and could be particularly aimed at those who requested a multiple entry visa. There are lots of questions on TSE that indicate a first time applicant may receive a single entry visa even if they’ve requested a multiple.
    – Traveller
    May 9, 2018 at 10:31
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    I don't think it is a problem. My first Schengen visa was a multiple entry visa. They have the latitude to give you what they want to. May 9, 2018 at 11:05

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By the Schengen rules, consulates have wide discretion to issue visas with longer validity than was asked for.

It varies between member state and member state (and sometimes between consulate and consulate) how much use they make of this opportunity. Some will issue long multiple-entry visas as soon as they feel convinced that you're obviously not an immigration risk. That way your next application will not clog up their backlogs and they will be able to give better service and still spend the necessary time on applicants with more iffy background. Everybody wins.

The advice in the standard leaflet is mostly aimed at getting you to notice early if by mistake you've been issued a visa that isn't even valid for the visit you applied for. That would need to be corrected ASAP, because it's too late to find out at the border.

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