Recently I had been to Germany on behalf of my company to attend business meetings and discussion. I was in Germany from 11th Jan 2015 till 21st Feb 2015. At the time of exit on 21st Feb 2015, I was stopped by the immigration officer stating that I had overstayed in the country. I had been granted a Schengen Visa which had a validity from 11th Jan2015 till 24th Feb2015 with duration of stay allowed for 30 days
The office at the port of Exit in the airport highlighted to me that I had over stayed by 12 days and hence it is a Criminal offence to overstay. I did the mistake in reading the Schengen visa at my end as I thought that the expiry date of the visa to be the last day of visa and over looked stay period allowed in visa . Hence planned the return tickets accordingly.
The immigration officer advised to sign a couple of documents, I would request all of you to advise me or share similar experiences.
The officer was very polite and I showed him the booking tickets for entry and exit and he seemed to trust my reason.
Please tell me if:
1.I have to pay a penalty ?
2.I will face a ban of 1 year.
3.will I be affected to get schengen visa again ?
4.Can I apply and get work permit ?
5.will it be a problem for Re entry even though I get schengen visa.