Characteristics of the Schengen “circulation” visa
Characteristics of the Schengen “circulation” visa:
The Schengen circulation visa bears the label "CIRCULATION" on the visa sticker.
It is valid for unlimited entries in the Schengen Area
Its validity varies between one and five years
It permits stays in the Schengen Area. The total duration of these stays may not exceed 90 days per 6 month-period.
Consequently, the circulation visa does not authorise its holder:
to undertake a stay exceeding three months
to make successive visits, the cumulated duration of which exceeds three months per six-month period.
the visits must be made during the validity period of the visa, which is mentioned on the sticker.
A circulation visa does not entitle its holder to submit a residence permit application in France and is limited by the validity period of the accompanying travel document (e.g. a five-year visa cannot be issued in a passport expiring in two years).