December 6, 2022
Many people are unaware of the differences between short-term and long-term Schengen visas. This article throws some light on the subject, so that people are more aware of the differences and can take appropriate decisions.
Short-term Schengen visas are valid for only 90 days (3 months). If you want to stay for a longer period in the Schengen area, you must apply for a long-term visa (also known as a Residence Permit). Long-Term Schengen visas (Residence Permits) may be valid for periods ranging from 91 days to one or five years. Long-Term visa or Residence Permit holders have more rights than short-term visa holders and are allowed multiple entries/exits.
For example, if you are a tourist, you will probably only need a short-term (C) Schengen Visa, whereas if you are living in a Schengen country, you will need a long-term (D) Schengen visa.
The following are the different types of Schengen Visas:
- A Schengen visa or Airport Transit Visa (ATV)
- B Schengen visa (transit visa through non-Schengen states for journeys less than 5 days)
- C Schengen visa (short stay <90 days)
- D Schengen visa (long stay >90 days)
The following table lists some of the important differences between short-term and long-term Schengen visas:
|Schengen Visa||Short stay visas (<90 days)||Long term visa (>90 days)|
|Maximum Validity||Less than 3 months||More than 3 months)|
|Purpose of visit||Tourism, Business visit or short professional training, Visit to family/friends, Cultural/Sports Events||Work, Employment,Family visit, Student|
|Multiple entry||Single / Multiple (printed in visa sticker)||Yes|
|Renewals||Visa not renewable, can only renewed at embassy in your home country going back||Can be renewed at immigration office in schengen state (if renewed at embassy abroad you will be issued D long term visa to come collect your residence permit card)|
|Residence rights (healthcare, education, employment)||No||Yes|
|Bring Family members||No||Yes|
|Open Bank account||No||Yes|
|Right to vote||No||Limited|
|Path to Citizenship||No||Yes|
|Visa expiry||Must leave the territory||Must apply for extension before 30 days of expiry at migration office.|
Golden visa programs and Residency by Investment programs are long-term visas (Residence Permits).
Contact us to know how you can apply for one of the European Golden Visa or Residence by Investment programs.