I'm an EU citizen (Italy), my fiancee got a Schengen tourist visa (for country B) valid for 14 days (she's not resident in the same country as me). We plan to marry very soon (in the next month, we have been planning this since the end of April).
Unfortunately, we haven't been able to get a visa for Italy, since:
- My fiancee doesn't have enough funds on her own (and funds parking is obviously a bad idea)
- The visa application center wouldn't allow me to sponsor her visa (since we are not married yet):
Sponsorship is possible only for close relatives who take part in joint trip with documents which prove family relations: for children ? birth certificate (copy and original) for spouses ? marriage certificate (original and copy).
Country B is more affordable than Italy, hence why it has been possible to get this visa.
We genuinely plan to visit country B together, and we are still keeping the options open on where we would end up getting married: country B, Italy... or elsewhere outside of Schengen. (We haven't booked any flights from country B to Italy for example, and thus it's not currently part of any travel plan nor when the visa application had been made. I just filed another question to clarify other doubts, and if Schengen is problematic, we would fall back on Turkey).
If possible we'd like to get married in Italy... The gotcha here (compared to other straightforward questions about travel to multiple Schengen countries on a short term visa) is that the day before the visa was granted my fiancee got a threatening phone call from the consulate, during which they mentioned that they will check her location (phone tracking?) and also expect her to be the whole time accomodated in the hotel specified during the visa application (i.e. travel to another country, even just for one or two nights, would be completely verboten), and that they will actually call the hotel to verify this information, and if they won't be able to verify that she will be there, they will annull the visa on the same day.
But I am a bit surprised that a short-term visa could be annulled "after the fact", i.e. after it had already been used for entry into the country.
This seems absurd, especially since the visa she obtained is a Schengen visa (not only for Country B), and Schengen rules shouldn't prevent travel among its countries (as long as the country for which we got the visa is indeed the main destination).
I guess that even if it would be annulled after entry, that wouldn't prevent us from getting married anywhere within Schengen, so our plans shouldn't strictly have to be affected, but it feels like this could still hamper future visa applications, and it's thus obviously something that we'd really prefer to avoid (especially after she already got rejected for the visa to Italy).
Am I missing something? Did the consulate worker just try to scare my fiancee into submission, or is this practice of enforcement of tourist stays to a single hotel and after-the-fact annullation not unheard of?