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For many years in a row now, Germany remains the second most favourite destination for Schengen Visa applicants, with over 2 million applications filed at its embassies and consulates abroad.

It is listed second after France, which also has been in the second spot for many years now when it comes to the Schengen countries with mist Schengen visa applications received per year

In 2019, the German authorities abroad in charge of dealing with visa applications received 2,171,309 Schengen visa requests, which unlike France, marked an increase compared to the previous year, 2018, when 2,056,296 visa applications were received.

The rejection rate of visa applications also increased to 9.8 per cent in 2019, while in 2018 it was 9.1 per cent.

The number of multiple-entry visas that Germany issued in 2019 was 1,664,448 multiple-entry visas. At the same time, it was the Schengen country with most Limited Territorial Validity Visas (LTV) granted – 41,595.

The beneficiaries of LTV visas cannot travel to the whole territory of the Schengen Area but only to a limited number of countries. In 2019, just as in every other year, the top beneficiaries were Kosovo passport holders with 35,996 LTV visas received, as Spain does not recognize the country as independent; therefore, Kosovars holding Schengen visas cannot travel to Spain most of the time.

For Germany, just as for France, the largest number of applications was collected in China, with 709,616 applications filed at the French consular authorities in China, and 431,817 at the German ones.

In 2019 busiest German consulate was that located in Moscow with 227,163, followed by the one in Shanghai with 170,736 applications received.

Despite the high number of applications received, France is without a doubt the top favourite Schengen destination for short-term visa applicants, as its consulates abroad have received 3,980,989 short-stay visa requests, or 23.4 per cent of the total 16,955,541 Schengen visa applications filed abroad at the consulates of the 26 Member States.

The rejection rate among the French consulates for Schengen visa requests is the third highest in the whole Schengen, with 16 per cent of applications rejected or 635,489 of them.