I came across a very well illustrated blog post on Schengen visas. Maya, the blog owner seem to really hit a dead end with her visa application. Such problems are common and, I’m sure, everyone had a similar situation when dealing with authorities.
One common problem is when a person is applying for a Schengen visa for, let us say, France and then decides to stain in Spain for more days that he/she intends to stay in France. In that case the application will be canceled and the person will have to apply for a Schengen visa to Spain.
I have to agree with Maya on one thing “A passport does not make a person“. It would have been great if the authorities had a way to find that out and use it.