My case is very simple and straightforward. I applied for my Schengen Visa and got it on 10 October 18, for traveling to Italy on 13 December 2018 without Interview. My family showed interest later to join me. Therefore, I put forward their applications as well, by attaching my issued visa copy.

Very next day I got an email and call to come to Consulate for interview with my family to sign the Children authorization letter in front of Visa Officer. When we reached the Consulate, they started asking question about my visa instead of my family visa application. They try to prove that I got the visa with false intention, planning to not leave the Schengen territory after my visit and told me you are not going to Italy. They later put an annulled stamp on the visa page of my passport.

Visa officer believed that you got visa yourself and now you are asking visa for your family so you are planning to run away. Even though I have a 15 year old executive job with Gratuity, 2 school kids, and own house in Dubai.

I am not interested in leaving my current executive job and migrate illegally to do odd jobs in Europe in the age of 40.

Furthermore, when I tried to withdraw my family application from Consulate, they refused to withdraw as well.

So consider these facts before applying the visa in Italian Consulate in Dubai.

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    What was the stated purpose of your trip? – greatone Nov 10 at 6:46
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    Get an attorney. Advice for appeals should not be solicited from online forums. – Honorary World Citizen Nov 10 at 7:08
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    @greatone, have you considered the possibility that something was lost in translation? While it is impolite to criticize the language skills of a second language speaker, the posting here makes me wonder if both sides understood each other. – o.m. Nov 10 at 8:18
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    @HonoraryWorldCitizen The question is entirely reasonable, namely “is it worth considering at all?” For a mere refusal, I would say no. For an annulment, I would say yes and you need an attorney (as you pointed out). That's the answer. – Relaxed Nov 10 at 11:26
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    @Alladitta It is possible that the Embassy granted the first visa because your family ties were seen as being a compelling reason for you to return, and that if you’d applied as a family from the outset the application would have been refused. – Traveller Nov 10 at 11:31

You should definitely consider an appeal, not to salvage this trip (there is not enough time) but to avoid having an annulment on your record (in Schengen terminology, an annulment implies fraud and is definitely worse than a revocation or a mere refusal).

It is however very difficult to lodge a successful appeal and not something you can hope to do yourself. You will need to instruct an Italian attorney for that, in particular one with a practice in immigration law if you can locate one from where you currently are.

  • One more thing, Application for my Family visa [Wife + Kids] are still awaiting for outcome in the Consulate General of Italy. I don't know why they have not decided till date even after all this issue. – Alladitta Nov 10 at 12:35
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    @Alladitta They clearly believe you're all intending illegal immigrants, and are doing the appropriate research – Coke Nov 10 at 16:50
  • @coke what research? The same information they used in canceling the husbands visa will be appilicable. – Honorary World Citizen Nov 10 at 19:06
  • @HonoraryWorldCitizen They may perform additional checks of each family member, which will be easier with their passports in hand – Coke Nov 10 at 21:18
  • Thanks to all, Should I withdraw my family visa application to avoid refusal ? Any suggestion about best attorney to help me in this situation, possibly available in Dubai. – Alladitta Nov 11 at 5:03

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