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How to get Schengen visa?

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1. Posted by dzavar (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

I live in San Jose, US. Any one know where should I go to get Schengen visa, and how long will it take? A full day would be enough?


2. Posted by traveler1 (Full Member 190 posts) 10y

which city/cities do u plan to visit? need to contact the city counsulate where you have the first entry point .. or your major destination city

this link might help for the consulates in CA..

3. Posted by dzavar (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Thanks for the link. To answer your question, I first enter San Francisco -> London -> Paris -> Amsterdam > Berlin -> Prague -> Rome -> Barcelona -> Paris -> San Francisco. Which cansulate should I go to get the Schengen Visa?

4. Posted by traveler1 (Full Member 190 posts) 10y

if you going to be statyin in london too..u would need a UK visa.

Also if its prague . . u going to need a czech visa .. as uk n czech dnt come under the schengen states.

You could try any country consulate...u just need to show ticket & stay bokkings a other necc documents

5. Posted by talpeer (Budding Member 26 posts) 10y

wait.. crap, i didnt realize. I should be ok for the Schengen visan because i have a UK student VISA right? But what about my friend coming over from Canada? Do we need to get her one in advance or do they issue it to you when you go from Canada to Barcelona?

how long does it take to get one?


6. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

if you are going London -> Paris the French embassy/consulate is responsible for your Schengen visa.

Getting a visa should be easy if you have permanent residence permit for the USA.

However, don't count on it being a day for issue. Best contact them and ask if you can mail them your passport and papers from where you live right now, so that they can issue it before you go to SF.


if you are a Canadian citizen and are coming to visit for less then 90 days for the purpose of tourism, you get a Schengen-visa upon arrival. No need to apply beforehand. Don't know about the Czech, but should be similar.

7. Posted by dzavar (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Thank you! As you said, French embassy would be the one that I should get my VISA from since Paris is the first city in europe I enter after London (Which resuires a seperate VISA than the Schengen).