My partner is awaiting a decision on his UK visit visa. If it's granted, is it possible for him to apply for a Schengen visa once he arrives in the U.K.? I would like us to go to Barcelona or maybe Paris or Rome for a few days (say 3 or 4 max)

  • Possible? Maybe. Advisable? No. What's your partner's citizenship? – chx May 14 '17 at 3:37
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    What's your citizenship? “Partner's visa” suggests you might be a British citizen. If that's the case, that should play in your favour as you and your partner are covered by the EU freedom of movement. – Relaxed May 14 '17 at 9:38

He would have to argue that it is undue hardship to apply at the consulate which covers his ordinary place of residence. The premise for the trip would have to be unexpected and sudden. If you try to abuse this, the visa may be rejected, and in any way explaining the special case might be more of a hassle than going through proper processes now.

Follow-Up: The EC writes

Example: A Chinese professor has travelled to London to teach at a university summer school. During her stay, her father, who lives in France, falls seriously ill and in order to travel to France the Chinese woman applies for a visa at the French consulate in London.

The French consulate in London should deal with the application because it would be excessive to require the person concerned to return to her country of residence to apply for the visa.


Example: A Moroccan national who spends his holidays in Montreal (Canada) wishes to apply for a visa to travel to Germany at the German consulate in Montreal. He claims that the waiting time for obtaining an appointment for submitting the application at the German consulate in Rabat (Morocco) is too long.

The German consulate in Montreal should not accept to deal with the application, because the justification is unfounded.

  • The visa won't be denied. The application will be rejected and the application fee refunded. – phoog May 14 '17 at 5:50
  • @phoog, edited. – o.m. May 14 '17 at 6:09
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    “undue hardship”, “unexpected and sudden” are things you just made up, "abuse" and "proper processes" is also way too strong. The language in the regulation is simply that you have to provide justification. Having left India more than 3 months ago would seem like a perfectly valid justification for example, having no time to apply because the visit visa took time sounds like a reasonable one too. – Relaxed May 14 '17 at 8:35
  • @Relaxed, see my follow-up. The original text is "It is for the consulate to appreciate whether the justification presented by the applicant is acceptable." I think I made a fair summary. – o.m. May 14 '17 at 9:21
  • You haven't, that's what I just explained. – Relaxed May 14 '17 at 9:34

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