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It is quite easy to find out whether or not a given consulate is likely to issue a multi-entry visa. However a multi-entry visa could in theory be issued for a small duration of time (such as a month), which would make its advantage void for most practical purposes.

Does the EU publish any statistics on which consulate is more likely to issue a long term (6+ months validity) C visa? With that information in hand, one could choose a Schengen country to visit for seasonal vacations.

  • All my Schengen visas were multiple entry however of short duration, two months at the most. They were from the French, Spanish and German embassies. – user 56513 Aug 20 '18 at 8:52
  • What do you mean with a 'long term' visa? Do you mean a type C short-term visa with long validity, or do you mean a type D national long-term visa? Type D visas are usually not issued for tourism at all, but for settlement purposes. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Aug 20 '18 at 9:50
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    @Tor-EinarJarnbjo Good point. I'm referring to C visas with a duration of more than 6 months. E.g. the US routinely issues 5 or 10 year visas to all applicants. – JonathanReez Aug 20 '18 at 14:42
  • @MusoniusRufus yep, which can be very annoying for people who live far from the nearest consulate of that country. – JonathanReez Aug 20 '18 at 14:43
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    @JonathanReez sure. The Schengen Visa Code specifies (also Article 24) that applicants for multiple-entry visas with a longer period of validity should "prove the need or justify the intention to travel frequently and/or regularly" as well as "prove his integrity and reliability," and the US handles the same issue differently. I agree that it could be helpful to frequent travelers to know whether certain countries are more likely to consider such a request favorably. I didn't want anyone to get the wrong idea about how the US system works. – phoog Aug 20 '18 at 16:05
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Russian media publish extensive statistics on this topic, based on polling of people who applied the visa.

However, this will vary per country of issue and even per consulate in a country (such as Finland consulate in St. Petersburg giving long visas much more eagerly than one in Moscow, on account of border proximity).

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