Would it be possible for an Indian to file for both national student visa and Schengen visa at the same time?

This previous question is not the same as this one. The previous one's accepted answer revolves around applying for a national student visa after in possesion of a schengen visa. My question is rather differnet, I am asking if I can open multiple visa applications at once.

By student visa I mean the long stay visa (more than year or so)


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    Does this answer your question? Can I apply for a student Schengen visa while holding a tourist visa? Feb 4 at 6:44
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    Then make it clear in your question whether the 'student' visa you mean a National Visa (Type D) or a Schengen Visa (Type C) where the given purpose is Study. Feb 4 at 7:04
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    @Traveller He needs to attend an entry exam at a specific date before the national visa has been issued. Feb 4 at 10:14
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    @MarkJohnson What proof of having passed the entry exam is required in order to apply for a national visa based on confirmed entry to the study programme? Are national visas granted solely on a plan to sit / having sat the entry exam but without knowing the outcome?
    – Traveller
    Feb 4 at 10:59
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    @Traveller Based on §16b - Further education - Residence Act: if he or she has been accepted by the educational institution. is what is required. For the exam itsself only a Schengen visa, giving studies (to take the entry exam) as the reason, is required. Feb 4 at 11:11

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As far as the visa rules are concerned, there is no reason not to grant a Schengen Visa while the National visa is pending to attend the entry exam (which sound more like a qualification test (Aufnahmeprüfung) than a language test).

The thing is, many students have told me they applied for the student visa based on the invitation to the exam.

§16b (5)(1)(a) could be understood to fit the condition for an entry exam.

(5) A foreigner may be granted a temporary residence permit, if

  1. the foreigner has been accepted by a state or state-recognised or comparable educational institution
    a) for full-time studies, with acceptance dependent on a condition which does not aim at attending measures to prepare for studies,



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