Let's say I am going to visit country A before visiting country B. Can I apply for the visa of country B before applying for the visa of country A?

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    Of course your can, why wouldn't you be able to?
    – phoog
    Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 2:22

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Yes, you can apply for the visas in reverse order, and if you are planning to visit them on the same trip, you should do so.

The reason for this is that Country A, in the middle of your itinerary, might not grant a visa unless they are satisfied that you can legally enter the country of your next destination, Country B. This is most commonly seen with Schengen states, though the UK and USA are also interested, as are other countries.

So therefore, you should already have the visa for Country B, at the end of your itinerary, in your passport before you apply for the visa for Country A.

  • How can country A know your eligiblity to enter country B? You might have dual nationlity amongst other reasons. Can you give references for this scenario?
    – Berwyn
    Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 3:41
  • @Berwyn They can look it up the same as anybody else. Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 3:45
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    @Berwyn No, they can look up whether you need a visa to enter a country. If someone has dual nationality, it's their responsibility to provide that information to the consulate they're applying for a visa. In fact, it's even on the application (for UK, USA, Schengen, and many others). Remember that regardless of the country, the onus is on the visa applicant to show that he qualifies, whatever the rules for any given country are. Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 3:52
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    @Davinder Thank you for the explanation! I've applied for several visas and never been asked this. Guess it's mainly a Schengen thing?
    – Berwyn
    Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 7:31
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    @Berwyn US visa applications ask for all nationalities that you currently of have ever held. I suspect UK, Aus, Can etc all do the same.
    – CMaster
    Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 8:28

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