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1. Posted by candiceb (Inactive 1 posts) 7y

So I was living in France, as an au pair, and overstayed my time. When I was leaving Zurich, I was caught by the passport control officers and they noticed that I had a stamp entering in January. I told them a fib saying that I arrived in June (2 months prior to my departure date) and they let me pass without having to pay a fine. He added though, that I could not enter into Europe for another 3 months because the exit stamp (added in Zurich) made it look like I was in Europe for 7 months. He didn't say whether my passport was marked or not, but I don't know if they are required to tell us that. Does anyone know if they are supposed to notify us when we're "tagged"?

I still have many of my things in France and I want to go bac and get them, but I don't know if I can... or if I should just have my things shipped back. Any thoughts?

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Have your things shipped back.

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

Definitely have them shipped back; don't even think about violating visa regulations again, it's bound to get you in trouble. In all likelihood, you have indeed been 'tagged'. And no, immigration services don't have to notify you of that. It's like the police, who don't have to tell you if you're being investigated as a suspect of a crime.