The EU Visa Code
As of 5 April 2010, the new EU Visa Code came into force. The Visa Code gathers all legal provisions governing decisions on visas into a single document. The common visa policy increases the transparency, develops legal security and ensures equal treatment of applicants while harmonizing rules and practices for all the Schengen member states (26 member states).
As of 2 November 2015 the Visa Information System (VIS) was introduced in Bangladesh. For Schengen visa applicants this means that you will be asked to give biometric data (10-digit finger scans and digital photograph) when applying for a Schengen visa. You can read more about VIS here.
Schengen Member States
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
General information about Schengen visas
1. Bangladeshi nationals (and other foreign nationals requiring a visa) travelling to any of the Schengen countries on business, family visit or for other reasons may apply for a Schengen visa for a stay of up to max. 90 days within any 180 days’ period. The visa will allow the holder to travel freely across the borders within the Schengen area, if not stated otherwise in the visa. The Schengen visa is strictly a visitor's visa and does NOT give the holder right to reside or work in Denmark.
2. According to the 2010 visa regulations for all Schengen countries, a 15 days’ period of grace will be added to the validity period of a visa. Please note, that validity period and duration of stay is not the same.
To exemplify, if you in your application form applied for a 10 days’ visa, you will be given 15 days’ of grace, in total 25 days. But the effective period of stay will be as you applied for, namely 10 days.
It is very important that you carefully read the information sheet to visa holders How to read your visa sticker
3. Applicants must obtain a visa at the Embassy of the Schengen country being the main destination of their travel. If the main destination cannot be determined the application should be submitted to the representation of the Schengen country of first entry.
4. The purpose of the visa must not be changed once the visa has been issued.
5. Please note that a visa is not a guarantee to access the Schengen territory since the final authorization remains within the competence of the immigration officer at the border. It is therefore advised to bring copies of invitation letters and proof of sufficient financial means when travelling.
6. A Schengen Visa is not a legal right.