I am Lebanese, I have a Lebanese passport.
I am now living in the UK, full-time postgraduate student.
I have a 2-year UK Student visa valid until summer 2008.
I need to study in Greece from mid January till end of March 2007, it
is a COMPULSORY part of my studies.
I have an acceptance letter from a Greek university mentioning that my
studies will be from 1 January 2007 until 31 March 2007.
I recently applied for a tourist Schengen visa at the FRENCH Embassy
to spend Christmas in Paris, I asked for 5 days single-entry Schengen
visa, the French embassy consular officer stamped a red stamp on my
passport "Visa requested on ??-Nov-2006 at French Consulate London"
and told me that I will be sent a letter by post saying when to come
again to the embassy to have the visa stamped on my passport.
I'm expected to receive the visa within 3 weeks, I don't know for how
long it will be valid (whether only for the 5 days I asked for, or
The problem is:
I had an appointment today at the Greek embassy in London to apply for
a Greek STUDENT visa,
(I wanted a Mutiple-Entry STUDENT visa which is valid only for Greece,
NOT a Schengen visa!)
the consular officer there told me they only issue Schengen visas for
90-days with different categories (Tourist, Student, or Business)
and since I already applied for a Schengen visa elsewhere, I am
already on the "Schengen system", and it is impossible that I can be
issued another Schengen visa before my first Schengen visa expires.
Again, I don't know yet for how long my (French) Schengen visa will be
valid for when I get it.
but even if it's valid just for 5 days,
it would be VERY VERY late for me to apply again at the Greek Embassy
late December, as there would be vacations at that time, and it takes
at least one week to get an appointment, and depending on my
nationality, my visa takes at least 3 weeks to be processed!!
Is it true that the Greeks don't have "Greece-only" student visas
anymore? Is it all Schengen now?
In case there's another kind of student visas which is NOT Schengen?
What is it called? Where can I get the application form for that kind
of visas? What are the requirements? How long does it take to be
Can anyone suggest any solution for my problem?
It's already getting late for me to get my Greece visa before
Christmas vacations as today is 20 November.
As I've said before, studying in Greece during that 3-month period is
mandatory for me!!
(Kindly note that I also want my passport to be "clean", I mean I
don't want red stamps or any cancelled visas on it because this will
cause problems for me if I later want to apply to visit other
I hope I was able to explain my problem properly, please ask me for
clarification, and hope you can help me.
Many THANKS in advance for your help!