I have migrated from India to the UK on a short m-term ICT Tier 2 visa. I want to visit Europe, and want to apply for a Schengen visa.

However, my UK visa is valid only until August, i.e., 5 months. If I apply now, will my application be considered, or should I get my UK visa renewed before applying for a Schengen visa?

  • How soon do you want to visit the Schengen area?
    – Gagravarr
    Mar 21, 2014 at 14:45
  • Generally Schengen countries allow for the completion of travel atmost 3 months before the expiry of your visa. So chances are you will get a visa.Safer is to get it renewed and then apply. Many countries i.e. France, give long visas, so you might get only a month's visa rather than a 6 month visa. But vfs is a useless place to apply for visa application and you might get a date maybe a month in the future.
    – DumbCoder
    Mar 21, 2014 at 15:32
  • @DumbCoder Just noted your comment. Why do you feel VFS is useless? I am considering going through them to avoid traveling to another city for my visa application.
    – Saadia
    Apr 11, 2017 at 16:49

1 Answer 1


Approving Schengen visa usually takes about two-three weeks. Don't worry and make an application for Schengen.

Where to apply on visa depends of your travelling marshrut. Usually it is a country where you will spend most time of your trip.

To get Schengen visa fast without any problems you need to provide some documents:

  • Two-way Air tickets
  • Proof of sufficient finance
  • Proof that you will not overstay in EU illegaly - for you it may be valid visa to UK and explanation about your plans on the future
  • Also it's recomended to include description of your marshrut and book of hotels where you will stay

Enjoy your travel!

  • I have tier 2 work visa and I landed UK at 20th August. Is there any minimum stay required(at least 3 months completed in UK) before I apply for Schenegan visa? One of my friend applied to German visa, and his application got rejected.
    – RL89
    Nov 4, 2016 at 20:50

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.