South African Girlfriend Applying for Schengen Visa in UK
Salutations one and all,
In brief, my girlfriend (a South African citizen) is visiting me here in Scotland on a 6 month tourist visa. We wish to travel all around Europe this summer (Starting in Spain, where we would walk El Camino de Santiago) but have just found out that to apply for the Schengen Visa she must do so in her country of residence. Is there any way around this?
It seems preposterous that she would have to fly to South Africa, apply for the visa, then fly all the way back up to then begin our summer adventures. We have found mention on one website (http://www.immihelp.com/visas/schengenvisa/application.html
) that states that if you are applying from a country you are not normally resident of you must provide a justification explaining why you are applying from a third country. However, we have not heard anything concerning this on the official embassy websites and have been informed by a member of staff at the Spanish embassy in Edinburgh that you have to apply in your home country.
Any help, advice, or stories relating to our situation would be greatly appreciated! Thank you very much!