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Please help-Scheengen visa question that is complex.

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1. Posted by zsumerl (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Hello Everyone,

Need help!

I entered Switzerland not knowing they are now part of the scheengen. My original plan was to leave Switzerland for 30 days and come back until April.

Under the old law this was completely acceptable. My question now is:

1) After spending 90 days in the Scheengen, can I leave the country and apply for a Visa in my home country (USA)? Does this application have to be after the 6 month rule or can I apply for a Visa during this 180 day period?

2) If "yes" to 1- I am eligible for a student visa or a travelers visa..Is one better or easier than the other to be accepted?

Recap:

I am aware the you have to leave the Scheengen for 90 days in a 180 day period.
Can I use the 90 day travel visa, leave Europe and apply for a visa ofr the last 2 months in that period?

Nov.2 arrived Switzerland
Jan 25 depart Switzerland

Jan 26 Arrive US
March 1 Depart US

March 1- April 25 in Switzerland....Is this possible???

ANY help would be greatl appreciated

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

1) You don't require a short-term Schengen visa as a US citizen. After having spent 90 days outside the Schengen area, you can simply re-enter (Technically, your maximum of 90 days doesn't need to be consecutive. You can leave and re-enter as often as you wish, as long as your total stay doesn't exceed 90 days in any 180 day period)

2) I don't see how this is relevant

I have the feeling your situation isn't that complicated. Maybe I have misinterpreted your question, though. Also, your recap is not congruent with the questions you ask. But to be brief: your desired schedule is not going to work.

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Jan-2010, at 07:43 by bentivogli ]

3. Posted by zsumerl (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Im basically hoping to extend a visa- Ive already been in the Schengen for 90 days and i dont want to leave for 90 days..only 30 days.

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

1) After spending 90 days in the Scheengen, can I leave the country and apply for a Visa in my home country (USA)? Does this application have to be after the 6 month rule or can I apply for a Visa during this 180 day period?

Yes you can apply for a student visa to Switzerland before the 180 days are up. But you should apply for a date of entry that is after the 180 days.

This is not a problem because visa processing times can be quite long.

2) If "yes" to 1- I am eligible for a student visa or a travelers visa..Is one better or easier than the other to be accepted?

A traveller's visa would be a tourist visa. As a US-citizen you do not need to apply for a tourist visa, you can come over visa-free as long as you follow the Schengen rules. THerefore it is not possible for you to apply for a tourist visa right now.

What you need to do is to apply for a D-type visa to Switzerland, a visa that allows you to settle in Switzerland.
Looking at all the options mentionend:

http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/reps/nameri/vusa/ref_visinf/visusa.html

the best solution for you seems to be a student visa.

Nov.2 arrived Switzerland
Jan 25 depart Switzerland

Jan 26 Arrive US
March 1 Depart US

March 1- April 25 in Switzerland....Is this possible???

No.

Nov 2nd to Jan 25th= 85 days.

First date of entry for a stay that is longer than 5 days is therefore May 1st.

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

Im basically hoping to extend a visa- Ive already been in the Schengen for 90 days and i dont want to leave for 90 days..only 30 days.

Impossible.

The only way to extend your stay in Schengen Area would be to apply for a residency permit in Germany ASAP, without going back to the USA at all.

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Jan-2010, at 08:04 by t_maia ]