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Help - stayed in Schengen too long with no visa!

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1. Posted by toyani (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

I think I may be in trouble.

I am a Canadian traveling in Europe. Before I left, I planned to be less than three months in each country so I thought I wouldn't need a visa.
Now I have been in the Schengen for 6 months almost, with no visa. And I am learning that after 3 months in the Schengen I DO need a visa.
My problem is I have already stayed too long! I am staying with a host family here in Germany and they think I can apply for a visa now (I have been less than 3 months in Germany) and be ok. But when I apply for a visa, won't they look at my passport and see that I've already been in Schengen for too long?
I'm wondering if there's anything I can do to make myself legal.

Thanks!

2. Posted by toyani (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

I should add that I am currently enrolled in a language school, and according to the school it qualifies me for a student visa. I don't know if I can apply for a student visa from inside the country, though.

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 6y

Quoting toyani

I think I may be in trouble.
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I'm wondering if there's anything I can do to make myself legal.
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I don't know if I can apply for a student visa from inside the country, though.

You are. There isn't. You can't.

Unawareness of the rules is no excuse: any guidebook could have told you this. Your best shot is to turn to your consulate for advice: there may be special rules regarding student visa in Germany that I am unaware of. But I don't think this can be solved in any other way than by going home and apply for a student visa from there.

good luck, Niels

[ Edit: Edited on 30-Nov-2009, at 01:08 by bentivogli ]

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 6y

Go to the local Ausländerbehörde and talk to them. At the worst they will order you fly home within 14 days and tell you to come back the next day and show them your flight ticket.