I am a British national and my husband and I have recently moved to Guernsey for work. He was granted a 2.5 year spousal visa.
He also had a Schengen visa in the last 5 years.

How can we go about applying for a 3 year multi-access Schengen visa so that we may travel to European countries?

  • Was his spouse visa issued by the Baliwick? Or did you move after receiving the visa? – Gayot Fow Mar 28 '17 at 14:37
  • We moved after receiving the Visa - on the Visa itself it says UK entry clearance? – Marielle Mar 28 '17 at 18:40
  • @GayotFow is that significant, and, if so, how? – phoog Mar 28 '17 at 19:52

How can we go about applying for a 3 year multi-access Schengen visa so that we may travel to European countries?

Apply at the appropriate consulate. There's no way to guarantee that they'll grant you a three-year multiple-entry visa, but your visa application will be free of charge thanks to the freedom of movement directive (2004/38/EC), and the decision is supposed to be made on the basis of an "expedited procedure." So if they don't grant a multiple-entry visa, you will only have to endure minimal additional hassle.

The appropriate consulate is the one for your "main destination." For more information, see Schengen main destination.

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  • Thanks - would you recommend going directly to the consulate as opposed to getting a third party like TLS involved? – Marielle Mar 28 '17 at 18:36
  • @Marielle I would recommend whatever seems most convenient. For a normal visa application (not under the directive), there's not normally a choice. In your case, however, the consulate should take the application directly. If they resist, though, I suppose I wouldn't fight it too much. – phoog Mar 28 '17 at 19:16
  • Problem is we are situated in Guernsey and the consulate here have said they cannot help us and we must go to London - which is a pain – Marielle Mar 28 '17 at 19:24
  • @Marielle If the consulate won't help, I can't help you make them. Did you make it clear that you are British and that he will be applying under 2004/38/EC? You can also try entering without a visa -- getting one at the border -- by traveling directly to France. There have been a couple of questions on this site where people have reported success with this tactic. I don't know anything about direct travel between Guernsey and France, though; the ferry company might not let your husband board without a visa. – phoog Mar 28 '17 at 19:47

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