The 3 Types Of Schengen Visa; Which Works For You?
Whether you are studying, traveling for business, traveling for pleasure or in an emergency situation, you need a Schengen visa to enter most countries of the Schengen area. There are three different types of the Schengen visa. Be sure to know which one you need for your precise circumstance, as the conditions vary among the three.
- U.S.V (Uniform Schengen Visa): USV visas are best for travelers and allow you to reside in or transit to the following areas for a maximum time period of 90 days in each 6-month period starting from the date of entry. Belgium, Malta, Netherlands, Greece, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Czech Republic, Portugal, Poland, Norway, Slovenia, Switzerland, Denmark, Austria, Estonia, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia and Hungary are countries covered under a Uniform Schengen Visa. The USV visas are available as transit visas, short-term visas and airport transit visas. There are three different options of using the U.S.V:
- Single entry. With a single entry USV, you may only enter the country of your choice once. When you leave, the USV becomes invalid even if the date is in the future.
- Double entry. The double entry Uniform Schengen Visa allows you to enter the country of your choice twice, but the second time you leave, your visa expires, again, even if the date is listed in the future.
- Multiple entry. The multiple entry USV allows you to freely enter and exit the country of your choice – but only for a 90-day period once each six months.
- National Visas. National visas are best for those that are permanently planning to reside in a Schengen country, as well as those that will be studying or working for longer periods of time. With a National Schengen visa, you may request a single entry. A single entry means the visa will be valid for the time you are residing, studying or working in the country and will only expire when you leave. Single entry visas for international students are typically granted for a period of one year, with the possibility of renewal or extension. However, National visas are also granted as multiple entry – allowing you to travel freely in and out of the country as well as to other countries within the Schengen area.
- L.T.V (Limited Territorial Validity Visas). With an LTV, entry is only granted to the country that issues the visa as well as potentially other countries that you mention when you apply for your visa. With an LTV, you may only transit through countries that are your first and final destination. LTV’s are most commonly issued for emergency situations for humanitarian reasons and/or for those who have not been issued travel documents at the time of application.