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11. Posted by mc_obrien (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Ok...so I understand the whole 90 days in a 180 day period tourist visa. I've spent approx 60 days in Italy, then approx 30 days in Slovenia and Croatia and have since returned to Italy (intending to stay another 30). However, while crossing the boarders, I didn't receive any stamps. So, I'm worried that it will appear as though I've over stayed my time within the EU. Any advice on what to do?
Thanks

12. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

So, I'm worried that it will appear as though I've over stayed my time within the EU. Any advice on what to do?

I hope you have kept your bus/train tickets or your car rental papers or whatever. Reciepts of storebought goods outside the EU or proof of stays at hostels during the time you were actually gone are also very valueable to you right now.

Contact the Italian authorities, tell them what happend, and produce your reciepts. If you can convince them that you didn't overstay and can show them a flight ticket out of the EU, they will write you a letter and you should be fine.

13. Posted by sanpedro72 (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Yikes-I've never heard of a Schengen Visa.

So hello, I'm an American working in Latvia, but my contract draws to a close soon, and I would like to work/live in Ireland.

Can anyhow help inform me on this matter as to what to do or if I can even go?

Thanks bunches,

Jacob

14. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

If you read through the posts before, you'll find that the Republic of Ireland is part of the Europian Union, but not part of the Schengen system. Thus only the rules for the EU apply, not for the Schengen area.

Contact the next Irish embassy, they can help you.

It will be best if you can somehow prove that you are a descendant of an Irish citizen - then you can get a special kind of visa with above than average privileges.

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 11, 2006 7:39 AM by t_maia ]

15. Posted by sanpedro72 (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Sorry, I didn't know where Latvia fell into Schengen/Non-Schengen. Now I know. So okay, I have emailed the US embassy in Ireland, but in the meantime, if I take a one way trip to, say, Dublin, do I say I'm looking for work or do I say something like, I'm just traveling around but not sure on my next stop? ---that is, if I'm asked.

16. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

All the scary stories mentioned here are true, and rightfully so; visa regulations are very severely enforced across the Schengen zone (and also in the candidate states!!), and both deportation and lifetime denial of future visa happen frequently, for the countries Maia lists as well as for the US, depending on how good the officials like your file (when you happen to catch one in a bad mood, he/she will look and scrutinise it until they find something that justifies immediate deportation. They usually find something). Once overstayed, getting an extension is usually impossible, so make certain that you get the proper visa before departure!!. It saves you a lot of waiting, too, and the foreign police in the Netherlands are just not the kind of people you want to have dealings with.

17. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

I don't know about the US, but european embassies will generally not help you with those kind of questions, and either refer you to the international chamber of commerce, or advice you not to push through with your plans. If you enter Ireland saying that you're looking for a job while you're actually on a tourist visa, I doubt whether you will be admitted at all (they will at least make a lot of trouble, asking you for tangible proof of financial support, etc.), so best not say anything.

18. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 10y

Quoting sanpedro72

Sorry, I didn't know where Latvia fell into Schengen/Non-Schengen. Now I know. So okay, I have emailed the US embassy in Ireland, but in the meantime, if I take a one way trip to, say, Dublin, do I say I'm looking for work or do I say something like, I'm just traveling around but not sure on my next stop? ---that is, if I'm asked.

Always tell them you're coming to Ireland on holidays, unless you have a work permit or are an EU citizen. The customs officials are as flexible as a concrete pillar and they need all their braincells to lift the stamp. I got held up for about 1 hour one year after Swiss citizens got the same status as EU citizens in relation to work (ie. no permit needed) but the customs official didn't know their own regulations and insisted on me showing him my work permit stamp.

Even if you get employed by an Irish company and they don't send you the work permit (they often only give it to you once you've started the job) tell the customs official you're on holidays, that way you get the 90 day tourist visa.
You have to go and register with the immigration office anyway within a month (not sure about the timeframe) after issuing the work permit.

19. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

Quoting Pardus

Always tell them you're coming to Ireland on holidays, unless you have a work permit or are an EU citizen. The customs officials are as flexible as a concrete pillar and they need all their braincells to lift the stamp.

Can you blame them? What would you do if your nice cushioned government job was on the line everytime you lifted that stamp? Would you want the trouble if you gave it to the wrong person?

Now lets get back to the original topic - Schengen visas.

20. Posted by especialk (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Some great info here. thanks
Unfortunately I don't think I have enough time to get the proper visas in order. I am going to keep trying as I had never heard of a Schengen visa before. May be a good route.
Couple of questions for you pros that know:

Do I have to apply for the S- Visa from my native country?
How long can the S-Visa be for?
Whats the usual time frame in receiving an S-Visa?

Anyone know.
Much appricated.

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