Which embassy will most likely provide a multiple entry Schengen visa?
I have already travelled to schengen area once on a single entry Schengen visa. I am now trying to apply for a schengen visa with the intention of making several short trips to the schengen area.
My plan is to go to France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Portugal in the next 6 months.
Which of the above embassies is most likely to provide a multiple entry visa? I can then tailor my plans and apply to that embassy to ensure I get a multiple-entry visa.
Out of multiple first hand experiences, I suggest going to the Greek embassy. I know it is not among the choices above but they do not ask for an itinerary in advance (at least where I live) and they always issue a multiple entry visa.
Goto France and have a good deposit in your bank account. One of my friends had around £8k in his bank account and France issued him a year long Schengen visa, with multiple entries.
May be you will be interested in this data. It's old by still shows dynamic how easy is getting visa C in the Schengen countries. Portugal and Netherlands looks like the best choises.
Here is also file with statistic of 2010. You may see data of issued visas by you nationality. Make your own research to choose right country.
I've compiled the following statistics by multiplying the multiple entry visa rate by the non-refusal rate to get the list of "optimal" Schengen embassies. It looks like Slovenia is your best bet.
+1 for fascinating raw data, but the averages should be taken with a grain of salt. For example, Belgium's high rejection rate is almost entirely explained by the fact that its two busy embassies in its former colonies the Congos reject almost 50% of visa applications, whereas eg. the consulate in Mumbai only rejects 2%.
+1 for going beyond anecdotes. Still, interpretation is obviously contingent upon the refusal rate and on the type of application they get. Given their policy in other related areas (asylum, visas for family members, etc.) and their generally fastidious bureaucracy, I find it difficult to believe that the Netherlands is really a good place to apply. The last link might be particularly useful to try to sort this out.
NOTE: this answer is out-of-date. It should be updated to assure that the site provides current information.
@JonathanReez, are you adding a new answer? this one is 3 years out-of-date but has been accepted already and more up-to-date info is being blocked.