Overstaying the Schengen Visa but married to an Italian

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1. Posted by elizamcc (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I'm wondering if anyone has any advice on the following matter:

I am an American citizen and moved to Italy in August to get married to an Italian. I didn't get a visa assuming that once we were married there would be no problem and stayed in Italy one month longer than the 90 days I am allowed. I have filled out my application for my permit of stay at the Italian immigration office and am waiting for my card which should arrive in about a month. I currently have a receipt that shows I have submitted my application. I traveled home over the holidays and was told by an Italian immigration officer that I am not free to travel anywhere but Italy until my card arrives, but flying through Switzerland would be no problem since I would be in transit. The customs official in Zurich told me I had overstayed my visa and took my name and an address in the states telling me I would receive a letter and I would not be allowed back through Switzerland on my return flight to Italy on the 6th of January. I'm still waiting to speak to the Italian and Swiss consulates which have been closed for the past week for the holidays. I believe that flying directly from the US to Italy would solve the problem but unfortunately the tickets are much more expensive than we can afford right now.

I've been able to find some information on the consequences of overstaying the visa and I'm hoping I can find out more once the consulates are open but I'm wondering if anyone knows of a way to get permission to travel through Switzerland so I can return home with my husband on Jan. 6th.

Thank you!

2. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Post your question to Alethia, here: http://www.wordtravels.com/forum/

Good luck.

Cheers,
Terry