How do I apply for a Schengen visa from USA?
Applying for a Schengen visa as a US permanent resident
You don't actually need a Schengen visa if you're a US citizen with a valid blue passport. You can stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days without a visa or a permit. If you leave the Schengen area, the 90-day limit will not be affected for the amount of time that you're out of the Schengen area. It will only take effect once you're back within the Schengen area. However, the 90-day limit will expire 180 days after you first enter the Schengen area.
For example, if you visit the Schengen area with a Schengen visa for 30 days and immediately go back to the USA for 130 days, you'll only be able to go back to the Schengen area for 20 more days on the same Schengen visa. This is because you'll be 20 days away from the end of the 180 day period.
Once you reach the 90-day limit, you can't enter the Schengen area for another 90 days. If you're looking to stay in the Schengen area for more than 90 days, you'll have to apply for either a long-term tourist visa or a residence permit. You must contact the consulate or embassy of the country that you plan to primarily stay in to do so.
Applying for a Schengen visa as a green card holder or non-US citizen
If you're applying for a Schengen visa from the USA and you're a green card holder or not a US citizen, you must be able to provide proof of a permanent residence card or US visa that is valid for at least three months after your return.
If you're a visiting just one Schengen country you must contact the embassy or consulate of that country to apply for a Schengen visa.
If you're visiting more than one Schengen country you must contact the embassy or consulate of the country that you're staying in for the longest amount of time to apply for a Schengen visa.
If you're visiting more than one Schengen country and you're staying in each country for an equal amount of time, you must contact the embassy or consulate of the country that you first enter.
What if I'm not from the USA travelling to the Schengen area?
If you're not travelling from the USA to the Schengen area, visa requirements will be different. Visit our general visa page for more info.
You can also read the hardest destinations to fly to and determine if you need a visa to those countries.