I am travelling from India with my wife and two teenage daughters to the Schengen region next week. My origin itinerary was 6 days in Rome, 3 days in Paris, 3 days in Amsterdam, 1 night in Zurich before we take a flight on our next leg to Vancouver.
Since, we were planning to land in Rome and then move to France, our tickets have been booked that way. Given our travel is planned for early next week, and the Italian consulate takes 7-10 days to issue a visa, our travel agent has recommended we apply to the French consulate - they take just 3 days - with another itinerary with hotel reservations that show our longest stay is in France and not Italy. These we would then cancel once we get to Italy.
Is this doable? Or should we expect to be sent back to India? The thing is that all my travel and stay bookings made online are non refundable. And I'd hate to have my holiday ruined or substantial money lost!