I'm a student in France with the France (+1 transit schengen) visa that was valid from 16-08-07 to 14-11-07. My passport from the United States to the European Union was stamped in Amsterdam on 17-08-07. I have been arduously attempting to obtain my student "carte de sejour" which allows me to stay in the European Union for a year. Despite my attempts, I still have to wait until March 10!!! which means that, because the process for obtaining a student visa here is so drawn-out, I will have been illegally in the European Union for about 3 months by the time I actually receive my long-stay identification. (the reason its taking so long is because I missed my first appointment for my physical examinations because they mailed me the notification of my examination the day before it was supposed to take place, but that's beyond the point...grrrrr)
I recently took the bus to Belgium with no problem, because they don't check visas there. However, I'm scheduled to fly to Spain the 22 of February on Ryanair. I'm worried that I won't be able to take the flight because my Schengen travel time is long expired, though I am a European student. All I have to prove this is my 07-08 french student id card, a letter from my french university, and a "recepisse de demande de carte de sejour" which expired 04-02-08: not exactly internationally valid documents. I will most likely carry all of these documents just in case, even though I'm sure customs officials would laugh at them.
Essentially, my question is this: will they even check my visa when I go through Ryanair airport at Paris to fly into Barcelona? I still don't know how I'll be returning, probably by train from Madrid so that shouldn't be a problem, or should it?
I just need to go to Spain and I am legal!!! i just don't have the proper documentation to prove that I'm legal! Any advice?