I had a Schengen C Visa from Greece for 90 days days stay with visa validity period of 180 days. Visa validity period was from 25th February, 2022 to 24th August, 2022. I stayed in Greece for full 90 days and came back to my home country on 26th June, 2022. Can I apply for a second Schengen C Visa immediately after my return, or I have to wait till the expiry of validity period of earlier visa, i. e., 24th August, 2022? My husband is in Greece with a National D Visa for one year.

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    You should ask the Greek consulate if a greek national visa is possible to join your husband during his stay. The Schengen rules would then not apply. Jul 20, 2022 at 14:08

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There is no requirement to wait for the expiration of your current visa. If granted, a new visa could start on the 25th of August. If you hadn't exceeded the maximum stay, it would even possible to complete a new trip on two back-to-back visas.

The real issue here is not the date of validity or delay between applications but the maximum stay. Even with a new visa, you cannot stay longer than 90 days in any 180-period on short-stay visas. Having stayed for 90 days starting on March 29, 2022 (if my calculation is correct), you are not allowed to return to the Schengen area before September 25. Even a new visa would not override this restriction.

When you apply for your next Schengen visa, you shouldn't submit an itinerary that has you returning to the Schengen area before that date (September 25) as it would lead to an automatic refusal. Applying now for a later trip is allowed but you could also wait a few weeks to avoid any confusion. Other than that, the usual rules apply and the August 24 date has no special significance.

The only way around that would be some sort of Greek long-stay visa (or residence permit), for example if your husband's status allows him to sponsor you for a spouse visa.

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    Or apply for a long-stay visa, under some applicable criteria, presumably.
    – user253751
    Jul 20, 2022 at 23:52

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