I was working in Sweden but moved to Greece due to a boyfriend who at the time was willing to help with my visa/lives here. That didn't happen and now I have been stuck in Greece. My family is trying to move things along to get me out of here but I have obviously stayed too long here in Greece, my now xbf talked with an immigration lawyer after the fact and the lawyer said it was 'no big worry since I am American'. We talked to the police...a totally different story. They said if I pay the fine things will be fine - I hardly have the money to LEAVE Greece, which is why it took me a couple months to get the funds to leave, there will be no way I can afford to pay the fine until I reach the states. (I work free-lance)
I know now that I could have done an extension but I didn't know that until it was too late. I know I am in serious trouble here and I know I messed up BADLY by trusting someone would help me with the visa.
1. I am attempting to go home (the U.S.) I would like to know what will happen once I step foot into the various airports needed to leave Europe. (Germany or Switzerland)
2. Will I be banned from Europe if I cannot pay until later? Or will I be banned no matter if I pay the fine?
3. What is the time limit for paying?
4. Should I wait here in Greece longer, until I have the funds to also pay for the fine?
5. Will I never be able to get a visa after this? :/
6. Will I go to jail?
I am asking you, fellow travelers for your advice and help. I made a huge mistake and I hope everyone will learn from my mistakes.
1. It's most likely that you will be checked, caught and fined (if not detained) upon leaving Greece. They will issue you a document that you can show to the German/Swiss authorities upon leaving Schengen, so that you won't be fined again.
Alternatively, the Greek authorities may decide to deport you to USA on a direct flight at your own expense; I believe there are some (Continental used to do AIA- EWR). They have every right to.
2. You will be banned from Europe anyway, whether you pay the fine or no. Overstaying is considered a serious offense, and Greece, being an outside border of the Schengen area, is particularly harsh. You will be registered in SIS, and will have to apply for a visa in the future, which may be refused.
3. Subject to national differences, I believe. I also believe the Greek authorities may decide you detain you if you can't pay on the spot. Not sure about that one, though.
4. Get the funds SOON. The longer you overstay, the less likely it is you get out without too much hassle.
5. Never is a long time. Probably not any time soon, though.
6. You might. See 1 and 3.
Mind you, all of the above depends on how long you overstayed.
[ Edit: Edited on 04-Aug-2010, at 03:32 by bentivogli ]
you will not go to jail.
Likely fined for sure and a 5 year ban I think on Europe. And a VERY slim chance of ever getting a work/student visa in Europe.
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Good luck to you!
Fingers crossed for you!
Please post back, and let us know what happens?
We might all learn from this. :-s