Me and my wife (both Indian passport holders, living in UK) have booked a trip for December from 22-12-18 to 1-01-19. Its our wedding anniversary during the trip. I had initially referred Italy official site for visa requirements and some research before booking hotels and flights. Total of 8 days in Italy and 3 in France with France as the last destination. The flight is on ryan air, which is non refundable (500 euros) . The connecting trains between UK, Italy & France also have been booked. Also the hotels as well.
Recently while I searched for visa requirements I saw that the travel document i.e our passport need to be valid for the next 90 days at least. The passports are valid for couple more years. But after booking everything and when scheduling the appointment at VFS London for 26th November, I came to know that the UK visa needs to have a minimum validity of 90 days from the return day of the trip. Since our UK visa currently expires in March, ours fall short by 15 days. (The employer may extend our UK work visa, but that is only known at the end of December.) Even the consular handbook document available online says only about the passport as the travel document and its validity. About 1500 pounds have been spend so far and all the other visa requirements have been satisfied.
UK visa is valid only for 75 days after return day of the trip from Schenge area. Is there a way that we can avoid getting the Italy Schengen visa application rejected to avoid losing all the money and missing this big holiday?