I have checked many, many websites and guides including governmental ones but... to no avail.
Anyhow, I'm currently an exchange student from Singapore, residing in Switzerland. I'm only here for one semester and entered in February 2010.
The University that I'm attending told me specifically (or told all the students) that we'll only require a Residence Permit which will be applied/issued only when we arrive in Switzerland.
So, I have done just that and my residence permit (Short term stay, Permit B) ends on the 30th of June 2010 (30/6/10).
Because I have consulted numerous, numerous people and EVERYONE has a different opinion, including the "professionals" at the immigration offices here, I would like to gather some(more) advice here.
The pressing issue is regarding my intended travel plan:
21/6/10: Leaving Switzerland permanently for London
22/6/10: Leaving London for Turkey
26/6/10: Leaving Turkey for London
29/6/10: Leaving London for Vienna
2/7/10: Leaving Vienna for London
5/7/10: Leaving London for Paris
9/7/10: Leaving Paris for Florence
12/7/10: Flying to Singapore definitively
My question is, will I be allowed to be in Vienna once my permit of "sejour" or residence permit ends on the last day of June 2010? Or will I have problems when I try to enter London on the 2/7/10? Is my status after I "quit" Switzerland a tourist orr....?
Because the immigration office in Switzerland have informed me that once i enter the non-Schengen states(London and Turkey) I will have a renewal of status as a "tourist" and therefore, when I leave these states, I will be entitled another 90 days as a tourist, as a Singapore citizen, in the Schengen states. Is this true?
Or will I be in trouble and treated as an "illegal immigrant" if I stay in Vienna beyond the end of June 2010? That is, am i no longer allowed to re-enter the Schengen states after my permit for Geneva ends on the last day of June 2010? As another lady at the OCP informed me that after my permit ends and I leave the Schengen states, I will no longer be allowed to re-enter for another 180 days.
I have also gotten information that the Suisse residence permit is for the country that you're residing in for longer than 3 months i.e. Switzerland so when I leave the country definitively and travel within Europe, it's okay, as long as I don't return to Switzerland. BIG CONTRADICTION!
I am seriously dumbfounded by how I have two extremely different answers which may pose as problems at the immigrations at the various airports.
Thanks much in advance!
Any help is sincerely appreciated (:
1) Singapore citizens have the 90 days of tourist status entitlement for all the countries that I've mentionned and we do not need visas for tourist entry purposes.
2) I have proof of documents for travel such as return E-ticket to Singapore, insurance, tickets for the trips etc etc; in case the immigration officers at the airports require them to ensure I'm not going to stay in the country/region forever...