A Schengen visa allows you to travel across 25 European countries which is very convenient for a visa holder. But having a Schengen visa stamped in your passport does not automatically mean that you can visit a few countries or one country more than once during your visa validity. Only a Multiple Entry Schengen Visa allows its holder to travel freely to any Schengen country as many times as you wish during the visa validity. The total number of days spent in Schengen countries must not exceed the number stated on your visa, which can be 15, 30, 45, 60 or 90 days.
Not all embassies grant multiple entry visas, some of them issue single entry visas which allow you to enter only one country and only once. So, if you are looking to get a multiple entry Schengen visa, it is advisable to plan your first trip to France, and apply for a Schengen visa with the French Consulate because this Embassy issues Multiple Entry Visas provided that the applicant’s documentation corresponds to the required standards.
As an applicant you need to meet the following requirements in order to be granted a multiple entry visa valid between 3 and 6 months.
- Your passport and UK visa must be valid for at least 9 months after your trip to France ends.
- You must be employed in the UK full time for at least 3 months, and can confirm this with three last pay slips and employment letter. If you work part time, most probably visa will be granted for one month.
- If you are not employed, you can be supported by one of your relatives (spouse, parent, brother/sister) who work and can provide employment letter, payslips and bank statement.
- Your UK bank statement should show sufficient funds to cover the trip expenses. You need to have at least £50 per person for each day you are staying in France.
- You must provide ANNUAL travel insurance which covers the period of time the visa is requested for. If you have insurance with your bank account, you need to bring a letter from the bank saying that you are entitled to the insurance, and the insurance policy booklet.
- If you had a Schengen visa stamped in your passport before, and it was a multiple entry visa, this will increase your chances to get a longer Schengen visa (up to one year).