Let's say that I accidentally overstayed my Schengen tourist visa as a US citizen in Europe, and the last thing in the world I would want is to be banned from Schengen territory.
One option that comes to mind is trying to get a job offer (let's assume that I am a skilled professional justifiably more qualified than other EU citizens in the running), and I try to apply for a work permit using the job offer as justification to why I overstayed the tourist visa. Is this a forgivable situation? Might I indeed be granted a work permit and allowed to stay?
What other options exist? Is there any way to leave the Schengen territory on an overstay and not be penalized?
Thank you for the comments...
No. No. No. THis is the absolute worst possible option you could think of.
Openly saying that you overstayed your tourist visa because you have gotten a job offer!!! Are you crazy? Think how that sounds to an immigration officer!!!! You would not only be denied the work permit but also banned from entry (because you are an illigal immigrant who entered on a tourist visa); exactly the situation you want to avoid.
Get out of the Schengen Area ASAP. And pray that you do not get caught.
[ Edit: Edited on 27-Mar-2010, at 12:13 by t_maia ]
I was apparently grossly misinformed by an immigration consultant...
If I leave the territory via ryanair, which performs visa checks to determine if you're aloud to enter the destination country, will it be found out?? Or is it only if I try to re-enter that a flag will be raised?
It's the "re-entry" part that the immigration officers will grill you/ raise that flag. And, no offense, but ignorance is not an excuse....