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Going from WHV in Denmark to a tourist visa

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1. Posted by retrolina (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

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Hello all!

I have a question that I hope you will be able to help me with... I've looked around a bit, but no previous threads seem to fit my description.

I'm a Danish citizen currently living in Denmark with my Australian citizen boyfriend who is here on a Working Holiday Visa. We've been so foolish as to not thoroughly researching the visa regulations before booking my boyfriend's return flight to Australia.

His WHV will expire on April 1st 2010, but he has a ticket booked from London - Perth on May 2nd 2010.

The reason he wants to stay is that I'm coming to visit in June, and that way we won't be apart for that long ;)

I've been reading all about the 90-out-of-180 days Schengen visa rule, and the immigration office here in Denmark has told us today that he needs to leave the Schengen area for at least 3 months before he can come back on a tourist visa.

HOWEVER - can't you argument for the fact that his current WHO visa has nothing to do with Schengen and if he therefore leaves Denmark on the expiry date, to go to, say, Sweden, he will be granted a Schengen tourist visa?

Basically, we're just looking at ways to make it possible for him to stay that extra month here in Denmark. Any ideas? I'm in school, so I can't go travelling with him...

Any help/info muchly appreciated!

Eva

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

There's 2 avenues you could try:

  • WHV can be extended up to 12 months total. If this is still possible, this would probably be easiest
  • I can't find anywhere whether Danish WHV is a D-type (long-term national) visa or a C+D-(long-term + short-term Schengen) type visa. If the former is the case, your bf may still be entitled to a stay in the Schengen area not exceeding 90 days in 180, provided he hasn't used this allowance in the past 180 days. In the latter case, the C-part expires simultaneously with the D-part
3. Posted by retrolina (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

Thanks so much for your reply.

I will be calling the immigration office tomorrow to find out whether his visa is a D or C+D - they should know, right?

I think that extending your Danish WHV is quite difficult. It says on the website that it is inextensible, but on the application form it says to tick whether you're applying for your first WHV or an extension. So who knows. But we will consider it :)

Eva

4. Posted by tahlialin (Budding Member 9 posts) 6y

When a friend of mine was laidoff (with a regular work permit), she checked with the Danish immigration office, that she is allowed 30 days in the country after the permit was expired so she can wrap things up (i.e moving and closing accounts, etc). I'd suggest that you check with the immigration office - maybe 30 days is all you need. :-) good luck.

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

This is almost certainly not the case for WHV :(

6. Posted by retrolina (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

Well.

I called the Danish immigration office and they had no idea what a Category C, D or C+D was, or where the WHV fitted into. However, they were adamant that my boyfriend can't return to Denmark for another 3 months after his visa expires. However, they couldn't tell me why that is.

So I called the Swedish immigration office who assured me that my boyfriend is free to enter Sweden for up to 3 months after his Danish WHV expires. Even though he had just spent 12 months in a Schengen country.

If the latter is the case, then surely he can travel back to Denmark under his invisible Schengen visa??

Eva

7. Posted by Adri204 (Budding Member 82 posts) 6y

Quoting retrolina

Well.

I called the Danish immigration office and they had no idea what a Category C, D or C+D was, or where the WHV fitted into. However, they were adamant that my boyfriend can't return to Denmark for another 3 months after his visa expires. However, they couldn't tell me why that is.

So I called the Swedish immigration office who assured me that my boyfriend is free to enter Sweden for up to 3 months after his Danish WHV expires. Even though he had just spent 12 months in a Schengen country.

If the latter is the case, then surely he can travel back to Denmark under his invisible Schengen visa??

Eva

If he gets caught he could get fined keep that in mind thats all im saying, good luck,

Adri

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

Quoting retrolina

they were adamant that my boyfriend can't return to Denmark for another 3 months after his visa expires.

That's clear enough. Even though the Danish authorities seem quite poorly informed of their own rules, I'd take their 'no' as a 'no'. It's puzzling why you get a seemingly opposite answer from the Swedes, though. Well, maybe he could stay there for a month, it's by all means closer than Australia.

9. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 6y

It's a well known "secret" that the Swedish authorities are much more lenient and liberal than the Danish authorities. Still, I find it interesting if you're able to "get around" by simply going to Sweden since there's no immigration check between Denmark and Sweden. How would anyone know that he left Denmark and arrived in Sweden? Or vice versa?

10. Posted by sole (Full Member 208 posts) 6y

I agree that it's somewhat a big risk to take to "pretend" being in Sweden and then staying in DK on an expired WHV. I don't think the Danish immigration service can be talked into giving him as much as one extra hour. I've heard some pretty bad stories.

My fiancée is American and I didn't know about the 90 days in 6 months rule, but something somehow dawned on me before it was too late so we saved it. I spoke to the Danish immigration service at that time and they were VERY strict, wouldn't give him extra days even though my mom was terminally ill and he wanted to stay with me. Well, in our case we were lucky and everything fell into place. Another thing you should think about if you choose the Swedish solution, what about getting to London to catch his Perth-flight?? He'll probably be found out when he's leaving DK for England, unless he plans to leave from Stockholm or somewhere else in Sweden.

Hope you find a solution, it's tough being in love and having to stay away for too long - I'm there right now