I have been refused a UK visa once for my Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom Practical Assessment of Clinical Examination Skills examination. Now I am applying to sit it in Malta, a Schengen state, in December.

What are my chances of securing the Schengen visa in this scenario?

I didn't reapply for a UK visa as per advice of worthy member Gayot Fow.

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    May 29, 2016 at 8:00
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  • @HenningMakholm Member of the Royal Colleges of Physicians. Members are entitled to use the letters MRCP after their names. Obtaining membership through examination to one of the colleges is a prerequisite to practising certain kinds of speciality medicine in the UK.
    – Calchas
    May 29, 2016 at 13:29

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We cannot possibly guess what your chances are since we don't know your particular circumstances or the data about you in UK or Schengen databases. But there are some things which can be said.

  • Both the UK and the Schengen area welcome genuine tourists and try to keep illegal immigrants out. If the UK concluded from your application that you may become an illegal immigrant, then Schengen might come to the same conclusion unless your circumstances changed in the meantime.
  • Malta is a less attractive destination for illegal immigrants than the UK, but it is part of the Schengen area and the Maltese officials will wonder if you are trying to immigrate into another Schengen country. Depending on your current circumstances, they may be less concerned that you would overstay in Malta than in the UK.
  • The UK and Schengen exchange information. The Maltese officials will be aware that your UK application was refused even if you did not mention it yourself.

Summarized, Malta might reject your application for the same reasons as the UK.

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    As per questions on this site, and a bit of personal experience, UK Visitor visa is way difficult than Schengen, for exact same financial and other circumstances..
    – DavChana
    May 29, 2016 at 10:32
  • Wouldn't the OP also state on the application for the Maltese visa that they have been refused a UK visa recently? +1
    – mts
    May 29, 2016 at 10:35
  • Even if Malta is not itself an attractive immigration target, Maltese consular officers are obliged to consider the risk that a prospective traveler would abscond to one of the more attractive Schengen countries instead of returning home. After all, the same visa will let them travel to everywhere in the area, and the treaty framework depends on states watching each others' backs with regard to this. May 29, 2016 at 12:48
  • +1, remember Malta will check the VIS and be looking to refuse on reason #2 on an incoherent premise (it means... the IO will be all like HUH?, Malta? WTF? What's wrong with a cheaper, more local place?). Also I do hope you will take Henning's comment to heart and put it in your answer; it's a great point.
    – Gayot Fow
    May 29, 2016 at 14:07
  • @HenningMakholm, edited.
    – o.m.
    May 29, 2016 at 15:54

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