We asked Jordi Garcia Martinez of the European Commission the following: under the following circumstances a multiple-entry visa (including for the purpose of transit) is issued.
A multiple-entry visa is one that allows to enter the Schengen Zone countries several times. Which means that you can visit them several times on the same visa. A single-entry visa is one that allows to enter and exit the Schengen Zone only once. Once you leave from a Schengen Visa country for a non-Schengen visa country, you cannot enter the Schengen zone again. (If you are baffled by what Schengen is all about, go here.)
Here’s her answer:
“An applicant having proved his integrity and reliability, in particular,
a) the lawful use of previous uniform visas or visas with limited territorial validity;
b) his economic situation in the country of origin;
c) his genuine intention to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa applied for;
d) and who proves the need or justifies the intention to travel frequently and/or regularly, in particular due to his occupational or family status:
- Business persons
- Civil servants engaged in regular official contacts with Member States and European Union institutions;
- Representatives of civil society organisations travelling for the purpose of educational training, seminars and conferences;
- Family members of citizens of the Union, and family members of third-country nationals legally residing in Member States.
Other categories of persons could be eligible for being granted a multiple entry visa with a long validity, provided that the criteria in relation to integrity and reliability together with the proof of need of frequent or regular travel as indicated above are fulfilled:
- Researchers travelling to the Member States for the purpose of carrying out scientific research;
- Athletes following regular training or competitions in (a) Member State(s);
- Artists regularly performing in the Member States, without affecting the possible need to also obtain a work permit to that end;
- Members of the professions;
- Professional drivers of lorries , buses and coaches working in international transport;
- Persons possessing real estate property in the territory of a Member State.”
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