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I have a Work Permit (Tier 2) for the UK for 2 years, and would like to travel to various countries in Europe whenever possible during this time. I have no EU Family Members.

  • Would I be able to apply for a 5-Year Multiple Entry Schengen Visa using the Tier 2 Work Permit?

  • Would it help if I become a Temporary Resident of the UK?

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    You could certainly apply (and get) a Schenge visa, including a multi-entry one, while residing in the UK on a Tier 2 visa (my wife did, more than once). However you are not going to get visa that's valid beyond the validity of your UK visa. If your UK visa is for 2 years and you're applying from inside UK, your best case will be a 1-year visa. In reality, you probably won't get anything beyond 6 months. – Aleks G Sep 1 '14 at 15:58
  • If you have a T2, you are already temporarily resident in the UK. But regardless, you cannot get a 5 year Schengen without a substantial performance history. – Gayot Fow Sep 1 '14 at 20:37
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The maximum you will get is a 1 year visa that too will depend on the embassy you are applying. Also it cannot extend beyond your UK Visa. I was living on Tier 1 and had applied for Schengen twice. The first time I got it for 1 year from the Czech embassy. The next time was just for the duration of the trip (2 weeks) when I applied to the Spanish embassy. Bear in mind that I had 6 Schengen visas already and that helped getting the 1 year visa.

Good trick is to mention that you will be traveling to Schengen states for the next 1 year and give a detailed itinerary for the office to believe you. You might not have tickets for your travels 8 months down the line but mention what are your plans. The cover letter should be convincing.

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