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Australian staying longer in the Schengen

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1. Posted by natalie. (Budding Member, 2 posts) 20 Oct '10 03:13

Hi, I’m wondering if you can help clear up some confusion!

I am an Australian citizen and my boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Europe. I have a bit of an understanding of the Schengen rule 90/180 days, 90 days in 90 days out. But we were hoping to stay longer in the Schengen region, due to him wanting to compete in some windsurfing events.

So I have a few questions.

Does the Youth Mobility Scheme give us any privileges in the Schengen region? Given the UK is not a part of this arrangement and we are still essentially Australian citizens, I don’t think it does.

Would it be better to apply for a Working Holiday Visa for Germany. From my understanding, any time spent in Germany would not be counted towards our 90/180 days. However looking at the application for a WHV we need to have our flights and travel insurance organised and a German address, which we wouldn’t have.

Or are there any other options that we have to stay longer, other than hopping in and out of Schengen.

Thanks
Natalie

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru, 2398 posts) 23 Oct '10 03:06

  1. 1: no, it doesn't. As you rightly point out, the YMS is a strictly British thing

  1. 2: afaik, your assumtion is wrong. Even though a WHV would allow for more time in Germany, the 90-in-180 rule still applies, so it wouldn't buy you more time outside Germany. I might be wrong, though. Better ask the German consulate about this.

  1. 3: hopping in and out of Schengen is not an option. You have to stay out a solid 3 months before coming back in.

3. Posted by natalie. (Budding Member, 2 posts) 27 Oct '10 23:42

Thank you for your reply.

I think you misunderstood what I meant by getting the German WHV though. I know it wouldn’t allow for an extension on the 90/180 days in the Schengen, it would just mean that say we spent 2 months travelling through Germany, we could then use our 90 days to travel through Shengen. Or am I wrong on this?

I am really just after any other suggestions people may have which would increase our time in Schengen. It is all a little confusing!

Thanks
Natalie

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5. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 4 Nov '10 22:41

I know it wouldn’t allow for an extension on the 90/180 days in the Schengen, it would just mean that say we spent 2 months travelling through Germany, we could then use our 90 days to travel through Schengen.

Yes, this works.

One word of warning though: AFAIK you cannot hold a WHV for Germany at the same time as a YMS visa to the UK.

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