I recently submitted an application to the French Embassy for a tourist ('C') visa. In the application form for "previous Schengen visas issued during the last 3 years", I did not mention my 'D' visa - issued by Switzerland (it was issued a week before this French visa application).

This is because on the Swiss Embassy's website, it listed the 'Schengen' visa as a short-stay 'C' visa and the 'D' visas as long-stay. So I thought only the visit visas mattered. However after applying I realised, it could be 'Schengen' in that it is issued by a Schengen state etc.

So I would just like to seek your opinions on this.

N.B. I applied for a 'C' visa as well since my validity date for the 'D' visa does not start that soon and I need a visa to enter Europe.

  • @GayotFow thanks for the info, was confused by it. either way, mistake's already made so i've sent them the amended form as well as a statement explaining my mistake.
    – woh32
    Dec 16, 2016 at 14:36

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Yes, a D visa is still a "Schengen visa". The Schengen agreement originally had A, B, C and D ones:

From The Schengen acquis (page 411):

In order to facilitate matters for the control authorities, this heading specifies the type of visa using the letters A, B, C and D as follows :

A: airport transit visa
B: transit visa
C: short-term visa
D: long-term national visa

For visas with limited territorial validity and group visas the letters A, B or C shall be used depending on the case in question.

but B is now defunct.

Page 462 (ibid.) has a table of fees:

table of fees

where visa types are further differentiated. C3. and C4. may be referred to as "MEV" and all of C or just C1. and C2. as "uniform". Visas with limited territorial validity may be referred to as "LTV", visas issued at the border as "BCP" and airport transit visas as "ATV".

  • I see.. in that case should i email the embassy to inform them of my missing out the 'D' visa in the application form ? (I did mention the previous visit visas though). Since either way they'll see the 'D' visa in the passport
    – woh32
    Dec 16, 2016 at 13:30
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    The A visa is still in use, too. They just did away with the B visa because they realized that C visas can bee used instead.
    – phoog
    Dec 16, 2016 at 14:04
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    Thanks for the info, i've sent the amended form to the embassy. I just thought it was the 'C' visa as their webpages (both the French & Switzerland) embassies refer to short-stay visit visas as "Schengen Visas" in their titles. Their long-stays are referred to as long-stay/national visas. So my confusion arose from that.
    – woh32
    Dec 16, 2016 at 14:07
  • @woh32 your confusion is warranted. The D category is specified in the Schengen codes, but the conditions for issuing D visas are controlled by national law. But a D visa does authorize entry into and presence in other Schengen countries, subject to the 90/180 rule. So whether it's properly considered a "Schengen" visa isn't entirely clear.
    – phoog
    Dec 16, 2016 at 15:09
  • @phoog yeah from what i understand too (please correct me if i'm wrong) the 'D' visas were given parity of movement not too long ago (<5/6 years?) either way best to be safe, if it's not necessary the embassy will inform me accordingly. I will update when they reply. Thanks for the help! :)
    – woh32
    Dec 16, 2016 at 15:17

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