I have been travelling to Germany on a Schengen visa for almost 20 years! Every time I tried I got visas with multiple entry for 6 months, 2 year, 2 years and last time for 3 years!
I have visited there almost every month for 3-4 days.
I did not do any thing wrong like violating rules there or overstaying etc. I travel there to conduct workshops or seminars & so it is visitors/business visa.
But when I tried in last week to renew my visa, asking for 5 years multiple entry, they refused! The reason they have given for refusal is nr. 2, which says justification for intended stay is not clear!
I did submit all necessary papers exactly like I do always including insurance, sponsorship letter, travel ticket, my financial assets here in India. I'm quite surprised to know their decision!
Also I can see there is some small box printed on my passport which I feel is a mentioning of my visa refusal.
I am quite confused what to do now to get visa for longer time! Last time when I received 3 years visa, they told me that they can issue visa for maximum 5 years and so I applied for 5 years but was it mistake to apply for such a period?
I had to cancel my visit this month already and now next is due by 10th March.
Can someone guide me how to proceed and if it is possible to remove that particular stamp from my passport?
They have mentioned that I can appeal against this decision but am not sure whether it is wise to go for this or is it possible to apply fresh with request for lesser period of visa? Would be great if some one can guide me as soon as possible!