I am an Indian national, planning to apply to the Netherlands Embassy in San Francisco, US for a Schengen visa. I want to spend 16 days in the Netherlands and Italy.

I will fly to and from Amsterdam but, in between, I plan to go Italy.

Will it be okay if I stay in Italy longer than in the Netherlands and just return to Amsterdam for the last 3-4 days?

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    Have you read the Schengen visa rules? Commented May 17, 2017 at 0:28
  • Yeah, but still not clear.
    – devang
    Commented May 17, 2017 at 0:36
  • If you are spending longer in Italy, why not apply to Italy for the visa? Commented May 17, 2017 at 4:03
  • You Need to apply at the Italian embassy, not the Netherlands embassy
    – Crazydre
    Commented May 17, 2017 at 5:24
  • Why are you planning to apply to the Dutch consulate instead of the Italian? (The Dutch embassy in the US is in Washington, as are most embassies if not all; the post in San Francisco is a consulate.)
    – phoog
    Commented May 17, 2017 at 13:05

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You should apply at the embassy/consulate of the country which is the main destination of your trip. All other things being equal, the country where you spend the most time will be your main destination, but there can be exceptions.

  • If you have a business meeting in the Netherlands, and if you add a week of sightseeing in Italy to that, the business meeting might still be the main purpose of the trip.
  • Same if you have a family reunion or whatever in the Netherlands.

But if you distort the description of your trip to justify an application at the Netherlands, you risk a refusal/rejection because the premise sounds insincere to the visa officials. Telling the truth is the best policy on the long run. If you want to go to Italy, apply in Italy.

  • Its just that there is no sooner appointment available for Italian consulate, so changed my plan to spend time in Netherlands.
    – devang
    Commented May 17, 2017 at 22:56

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