I have a valid Schengen multiple-entry business visa valid for one year, from 6 September 2015 to 5 September 2016. I traveled to Germany from 6 September 2015 to 31 October 2015, for 54 days. I need to travel again from 10 January 2016 to 02 April 2016, for 84 days. With this visa I cannot travel as the duration of stay is more than 90 days within 180 days. Can I cancel this visa and apply for a new visa? What is the process for this?
The 90 day period is a computed on a rolling basis and hence, as other posters have mentioned, you cannot circumvent this by applying for a new visa.
Schengen C visas are specifically for short stays and you are NOT allowed to work but only conduct business meetings, discussions, trainings etc. Since you are staying for long continuous periods, there may also be a question on your real intention vis-a-vis the intent of the C visa.
Obtaining a new Schengen type C visa does not change anything to the 90-day-in-any-180-days limit as it also applies across several visas. A new visa does not open any fresh rights to stay in the Schengen area above the 90-day threshold.
If your intended stay is longer than allowed under this rule, any visa application should be refused for this reason alone. So cancelling your current visa and applying for a new one is pointless.
The only solution is to secure another type of visa/permit from Germany. I don't know how realistic this would be in your situation but those are entirely separate from Schengen visas and cancelling your current visa is therefore in any case unnecessary.
Should you ever want to have a Schengen visa cancelled, you can ask the consulate that issued it (or perhaps another one) to revoke it, the Schengen visa code provides for that. But, again, it would not solve your problem in this case.
- If you are working for a German company, you may qualify for a "blue card" work visa. This requires a job with a salary of 48400 Euro per year (or less in some fields).
- If you are self-employed, you can get a work visa if the business plan is credible and if positive effects for the German economy can be expected.