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Ahhhh...overstayed my visa!

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1. Posted by taras (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

I have been in Italy since Feb. 2005 so I have super-overstayed my 90-day tourist visa. What should I do? I am going to London in May, but coming back to Italy after a week. Am I going to get sent back to the US from the Gatwick airport!!!! If anyone can help.....

2. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y

would it be wise to visit your ambassy?

3. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 10y

who knows - maybe banned from italy for life

i agree with the last guy - visit your embassy would a good suggestion or else.....

4. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y

i knew i made a typing mistake

and it's a girl

5. Posted by Belize Me (Full Member 137 posts) 10y

Obviously smithy did not check out your name

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 5846 posts) 10y

It's not good. You can't claim that it was an accident, because you are way too far over. I would expect the Italian immigration to enquire about how you managed to fund your stay during that time - the assumption being that you have worked illegally. Personally, I can't see any possible way you will be let back in to Italy.

Your embassy is the only one who can give you sound advice in this matter though. Contact them.

7. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

yeah ur in trouble mate

contact the Ami embassy and get prepared for all kinds of redtape and sour faces.

8. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 10y

Yep, a friend of a friend of mine (an American) overstayed his 90 days and wasn't allowed back into the Schengen zone - he did what you're planning to do in that he left to go to the UK for a couple of weeks and when he tried to return he wasn't allowed back in. He was also banned from returning to the Schengen zone for 5 years. If I were you I wouldn't go to London and try to get back to Italy if you can avoid it. The chances are you wouldn't be caught if you just stayed in Italy (unless you break the law in some way and get arrested) but if you go in and out again that seems like you're asking for trouble.

9. Posted by maridod (Full Member 114 posts) 10y

Ohhh...yeah that sounds bad. I am an American and overstayed my visa as well this last summer in Greece. Difference is I only overstayed my visa by about 25 days. This resulted in...either I stay out of Schegan couintries (basically Western Europe) for 5 years or I pay a fine...580 euro. While I am assuming your fine would be MUCH larger...I don't how much trouble you will be in. Hopefully, you will just have a very large increases as the amount of time over the visa increases. However, I suppose if the fine is too large the ability to pay it would keep you out of Schegan for five years anyway. Well just think about it this way...if you are can always enter through Eastern Europe!! Good luck to you, but call the American embassy pronto ...and if you possibly can try to think of some excuse for being there soo long...although I have no idea what you could say for over a year!!

10. Posted by maridod (Full Member 114 posts) 10y

Actually...just thought of something! Would it be possible to say that you had been backpacking all over Europe for the last year and were unaware of visa regulations regarding this. While I think you will still get some sort of fine or punishment...I think they might be easier on you! Again, good luck!! Let us know what happens to you!