Hi all, I have a question regarding the consequences of overstaying, so I will explain what happened:
I'm of brazilian nationality, and as such I don't need an entry visa in Europe. I have been an Erasmus Mundus master student in Europe for two years. First in Portugal, then in Sweden. I had a visa for Portugal all along my stay. I entered Europe through Paris, and the only border control I faced was a police woman at the exit of the Air France plane who was very nice and just glanced at my passport. Besides that, I didnt face any passport booth, so I got no stamps on my entry. Then I went to Portugal. As soon as I finished my studies there, I came to Brazil to try and get a swedish student visa for the second part of my master. That did not work, because I had to go back to Sweden 45 days later, and the visa issue here would take roughly two months.
I went back to Europe through Portugal. They were nice and didn't ask me anything on how I was travelling to Sweden to study there without a student visa. I asked for a visa in Sweden as I got there, but was only granted six months. For some reasons, I didnt try to extend my student visa. That was a mistake. But, anyway, if I managed to get a visa extension, I would still had been illegal for roughly one month in Sweden until I was able to present my master thesis in Portugal.
One day later I presented my thesis, I came back to Brazil via Lisbon. At the airport, the authority asked me why I had overstayed my student visa. I answered, and also said that I had a full scholarship so I didn't need to work during this period. He then said, calmly, but firm, "You know you were illegal?". I said, "yes". He didnt say anything else and just returned my passport. I didnt play dumb, instead I said all that happened, and recognized that, yes, I had done a mistake. There are no marks in my passport, nor he said anything about paying a fine or coming back. I was scared to ask, also.
Now, eight months later, I will travel to Sweden invited by my boyfriend. I have an invitation letter from him saying that he will account for all my living expenses, a document proving he paid for my ticket, the minimun amount of money required and also health/travel insurance. I was also accepted in a summer course in Sweden during july-august. I had agreed on coming back instead of him coming here to visit me again because he personally asked at the swedish migration board what were the possibilities of a re-entry in Sweden through Paris after I had been living in Sweden with an expired visa for seven months. The officer said that my chances of re-entry were high, provided I had not been working or commited any crime, and also if I had stayed back in Brazil for a period longer than six months. According to her, I meet the requirements. She only said that it all depended upon the interpretation of the border officials at the Charles de Gaulle airport. I will stay a little less than 90 days. I have fixed residence in Brazil, and I also work here as a researcher in the field of my master, but in rather informal scheme, so I dont have any document that proves I'm working.
Even though I got that response, I'm very much worried, because they can ask me what I was doing between Januay 31st and September 26, when I had no visa at all. Now I'm afraid to say that I knew I was illegal. What should I answer in this case? Are my chances of re-entry really high? Besides showing I was invited and had all expenses paid, should I also add that there is another purpose to my visit, that is, studies?