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Sorry for the lengthy post. So I planned for an Europe trip and applied for my schengen visa at the Dutch embassy in Tokyo. I applied at the Dutch embassy because I was planning on staying for 6days in the Netherlands. My itinerary was, arrive at Paris (4 days), then Lux (1 day), Brussels (1 days) and Netherlands (6 days) and depart back to Tokyo.

I presented the itinerary and the necessary hotel bookings and supporting documents at the Dutch embassy. I got the visa after 2 weeks or so. I noticed that my name was spelt wrong in the visa and informed them immediately. They apologised and stroke out the visa that had incorrect spelling and a new visa was issued the very next day and the visa sticker was stuck on the next page.

I got my visa 1 and a half months before and everything was fine until I landed in france. The immigration officer checked my visa and told me that my visa was cancelled by the Dutch embassy that issued my visa and that he can't allow me to enter France. They detained me for 16 hours, confiscated my phones, and I was put back on the next day flight to Tokyo. They did not even make an attempt to contact the Dutch counterparts to check about my visa. I was basically treated as if I was some terrorist. This was a very horrifying experience for me and I don't know how long it is going to take for me to come out of this gruesome experience.

I'm totally perplexed. All my documents were genuine, I did not submit any fake documents. I did not even receive any intimation that my visa was cancelled. I spent money to book hotels, flights etc and it is a waste now. Below are my questions

  1. What should I do now? Can I take it up with someone or should I file a complaint or law suit?

  2. The immigration officers in Paris have printed "ANNULLED" on top of my Dutch visa. Will this affect my future travels to other countries?

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    Sorry about your experience. Have you checked with the Dutch embassy? Maybe there was a mixup between the two visas? Did you explain the situation about the two visas to the french authorities? Did they actually check the right one? Did the visas have different numbers? I'm afraid that beyond knowing what happened, there is probably not going to be much useful recourse for you, though. – jcaron Apr 29 at 16:47
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    Why must people always bring up terrorism? You were treated like a person without a valid visa, which may very well have been the case albeit through no fault of yours. – fkraiem Apr 29 at 18:04
  • Contact the Dutch Embassy in Tokyo. – xuq01 Apr 29 at 23:03
  • @jcaron I checked with the dutch embassy, they're saying that the VISA that had my name spelt wrong was cancelled and the other one is valid. The authorities checked the right visa and no matter how much I tried to explain, they just didn't care. And yes the VISA's had different numbers. – Sharath Apr 30 at 10:45
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    @Sharath Please don't write "visa" in capital letters. It is distracting and unnecessary: "visa" is not an acronym. It is just a normal word, just like "passport" and "embassy" and "trip." – phoog May 3 at 23:52
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There are many ways to skin a cat. Bearing in mind that there is virtually zero chance that France (or for that most other countries) will reimburse a visitor their cost for being unfairly denied entry, and a lawsuit has almost zero chance of success, my suggestion is what I believe is the most low cost option to remedy your situation

What should I do now? Can I take it up with someone or should I file a complaint or law suit?

My suggestion is apply for a Schengen visa from France. You will have a chance to talk to an actual human being and if upon explaining and you are granted a French Schengen, you can be confident your subsequent visit to France or other Schengen country will be relatively hassle free.

Alternatively you can retain the services of a French immigration lawyer to take up your case, it will likely cost you a pretty penny and end nowhere but a suggestion to apply for a fresh French Schengen visa.

The immigration officers in Paris have printed "ANNULLED" on top of my Dutch visa. Will this affect my future travels to other countries?

I have a German Schengen in my passport which was annulled by the French embassy when they issued me a new one to replace the German one after I changed my itinerary. Mine says ANNULE SANS PREJUDICE. Visas are annulled for a variety of reasons, some of which do not reflect poorly on the applicant so you should not be overly worried about that particularly if you follow my advice and apply for a French Schengen and are approved.

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