I asked my father (British Citizen) if I could come to UK to visit him this coming Christmas, but he already made plans to travel to France. He did invite me along and told me to get a Schengen visa.

Sounds really appealing to me, but I’m not sure how do I apply for both visas. I’m Filipino and a student.

Do I apply for UK visa first, wait for the outcome, then apply for Schengen?

If my father is sponsoring me to get my UK visa, do we do the same process when I apply for my Schengen? Or I have to apply without sponsorship as I don’t have any relatives in France? If it’s the latter, is there a set amount of funds that I have to have when I apply for Schengen?

How do I provide proof of income if I’m a student and being financially supported by my parents? (Schengen)

My plan is to travel on 21 or 22 of December, first day of my university Christmas break, but my father’s flight to France is already booked for the 24th. Is it going to be a problem if I arrive in the UK, leave 2 days after then come back to UK after 7 days?

I’ve read that I have to provide proof of booked flight return tickets with travel itinerary when applying for Schengen, how do I do it if I have to go via UK first?

Everything is so complicated in my head, I feel like I should just forget about it. Any advice to make this a little less difficult is welcome. Thank you.

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    If you are planning to travel to the UK first then go home to the Philippines from the UK you should apply for your UK visa first, gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa then (if successful) your Schengen visa. You would make flight reservations to France from the UK to support your French Schengen visa application. This answer travel.stackexchange.com/questions/51048/… contains very helpful information regarding Schengen. – Traveller Sep 8 '18 at 12:49
  • Thank you @Traveller. Will the French embassy not look at my application negatively because I’m applying from Manila but flying to France from and returning to UK? Should I explain it all on my itinerary? – itsmr Sep 8 '18 at 14:05
  • Also, is UK Standard Visit Visa multiple entry? Will I not have any problem coming back to UK after arriving but leaving almost straightaway then coming back again? Is there a certain amount of day one must stay before leaving or am I overthinking it? – itsmr Sep 8 '18 at 14:12
  • You will have to explain your travel plans by providing a detailed itinerary for both U.K. and Schengen. For your U.K. application, submit a travel itinerary including the proposed trip to France. If you get your UK visa, that should in theory be a positive when you apply for your Schengen visa. UK standard visitor visas are typically multi-entry, if you state your dates of entry in your application and itinerary you should not encounter a problem when you return from France. – Traveller Sep 8 '18 at 14:37
  • Thanks again @Traveller. One more question, is Schengen Visa only granted on the dates mentioned on the itinerary? – itsmr Sep 8 '18 at 19:50

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