I have been perusing the forums on Schengen visas and find the information very helpful. I have a few questions about Schengen travel and hope that someone can answer it for me...
I arrived in France on 25 Nov 2006, and overstayed my 90-day allowance by 19 days. This was outside my control, because I was waiting for the US embassy to reissue me a new passport to replace my damaged one. Leaving France, I was not stopped for overstaying. I am now back in the US, trying to return to France as soon as possible.
From my calculations, the 180-day period ends on May 24. So does this mean that I can return to France on May 24 for another 90 days? What about my overstay? Could I be denied entrance because of that, even if they didn't catch me on the way out?
Here's the tricky part: Because I have a new passport, I only have the stamp from when I left France, and not for when I entered on 25 Nov 2006. I have my old passport with the stamp from 25 Nov 2006, but it also has the other stamps to prove that I overstayed. Its a Catch-22 situation: my old passport will prove that I am starting a new 180-day period, but also proves that I overstayed. What to do?
One last related question: I remembered that the French authorities scanned my passport on the way into France. Now I have a new passport with a different number. I am wondering that even if they scan my new passport, could they match me up with my old passport? Would they go to such lengths? Am I stressing too much about all of this? I don't want to do anything illegal--I just want to return to France!
I hope someone can help me, or at least share some similar experiences. Thanks so much in advance.