I'm in Indian National living in Ireland on a student visa which expires in October, 2016. I wanted to travel to Greece to meet my girlfriend who is Greek, so I booked tickets for August, 2016.

I didn't know back then that my Irish visa needs to be valid for at least 3 months on the date when I get the Schengen visa, so I can't get a visa starting from August since it's less than 3 months and now I stand to lose all my plane ticket money since the flight is non refundable.

If I book a refundable ticket to Greece for July, and use that for the visa application, then finally cancel it once I get the visa, and travel in August, will this be possible? Or will I be stopped at the immigration in Greece because I would be traveling a month later?

And if I do this, would I need two invitation letters from my girlfriend, inviting me to stay over, one for the visa application and one which I'll carry with me for August?

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    There's always a chance that your visa will be limited in duration so that it expires before your August trip. But if it isn't, then your plan might work.
    – phoog
    Commented Jun 4, 2016 at 5:58
  • Are you sure the condition is that your current residence has to be valid for three months after issuance of the visa? I can't find an explicit rule either way in the Visa Code, but the corresponding rule about passport validity counts from the expiry date of the visa. Commented Jun 4, 2016 at 11:21
  • That's what I thought when I bought the ticket, but when I called the embassy of Greece, they said a valid visa of the country where I'm currently resident for at least 3 months is a requirement.
    – harpresing
    Commented Jun 4, 2016 at 13:08

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If your visa would still be valid by August, it's perfectly fine to go to Greece then.

However the Greek consulate will likely issue a limited-validity visa that would only be valid for July, unless it's not your first Schengen visa.

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