I applied for the Schengen visa and it got rejected citing the reason:

One or more Member States consider that you pose a threat to the public order, internal security, public health Article 2 (21) of Regulation (EC) No 2016/399 (the Schengen Borders Code) or the international relations of one or more Member States.

1) I got the last Schengen visa from France and instead of entering France I made the first entry to Holland and came back from Holland itself. As my name is Abdullah, and I have seen in other articles that this name has some issues.

2) I had a visa issued by the German embassy in my old passport, which wasn't attached to my application as I only supplied the new passport.

Kindly guide me what should I do? I have one month to apply again. Shall I apply again and attach the old passport? Shall I provide clarification saying: I confess my mistake of having French visa and travelling to Holland?

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    Entering and exiting through the Netherlands with a French visa should not by itself cause anyone to think that you are a threat to public order, security, or health. It's not even against the rules (although it could lead an officer to suspect visa fraud or other violations). So making a statement about your "mistake" (which may not even be a mistake) will certainly not help anything.
    – phoog
    Sep 13, 2018 at 14:14
  • thank you,so simply i apply again asking them to seeing again my application ?
    – abdULLAH
    Sep 13, 2018 at 14:59
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    No. Follow the advice given by Gayet Fow in the SE.Travel question linked above by Henning Makholm. Sep 13, 2018 at 15:59
  • @David is correct. They've probably linked you to some serious criminal activity. A new application will not cause them to reconsider whether that link is justified or whether the activity is as dangerous as they believe. Your only viable option is to challenge their finding through some other means, for which a lawyer is almost certainly necessary.
    – phoog
    Sep 13, 2018 at 16:43

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The reason that was given means that at least one Schengen country considers you, personally, to be a threat. That's much more specific than "justification for the purpose and conditions ... was not reliable" or "intention to leave ... could not be ascertained." They believe that you match a person in a terrorist threat database or the like (e.g. a criminal database).

  • It could be a mistaken identity. They think that there is a terrorist named Abdullah and they falsely believe that you are this person.
  • It could be a misinterpreted action. You did something and they falsely believe that it ties you to a terrorist context.

Either way, a new application will not help until this is cleared up. As phoog mentioned in his comment, read the linked answer by Henning and get a lawyer.

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    It's not necessarily terrorism, of course; it could be other criminal activity. There are also some other possibilities, such as that the applicant really is involved in something shady but the determination that it rises to the level of a threat to public safety is contrary to law. In this case that seems unlikely since there is a history of visas having been issued.
    – phoog
    Sep 13, 2018 at 16:52
  • @phoog, I added that example.
    – o.m.
    Sep 13, 2018 at 18:17
  • thank you everyone, i live in dubai, so the lawyer should be from germany or any specific qualified lawyer ? any idea how much they charge ? ( any rough idea ?) thank you ance again
    – abdULLAH
    Sep 13, 2018 at 19:08
  • @abdULLAH I suppose I would start with a German lawyer, who may be able to help you find out more details about the refusal. The next step would depend on the circumstances. If Germany connected you unjustly to a real database entry, then the remedy probably lies in German law. If Germany connected you correctly to an unjust entry in a database, then you probably need a lawyer in whichever country it was that created that entry.
    – phoog
    Sep 13, 2018 at 19:24
  • isn't complicated to know from which country i got banned ?!
    – abdULLAH
    Sep 13, 2018 at 19:32

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