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Visa Question!? Please Help!!

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1. Posted by traveler2239 (Budding Member 3 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Dear fellow travelers,

I would really appreciate your help on this issue!! I am currently studying in Spain for the year and was issued a long-stay visa before arriving in September 2014. I have been traveling throughout Europe since that date but only within the Schengen Zone of Europe. This last weekend I traveled to the UK and was stopped at customs and was told that my visa had expired already! I was completely shocked! My university back home did absolutely nothing to help with the student visa application process and from what I had read and was told through the Spanish Consulate I was good to go for my studies here. Luckily I was let into the UK after some questioning and the Spanish border said nothing upon my return to Madrid, but I am once again traveling out of the Schengen Zone to Ireland in March and am terrified about what will happen going through customs! Does anyone know of what step I should take or what to do in this situation?!!? Any suggestions would be much appreciated!!

Thank you so much!! :)


[ Edit: Edited on 11-Feb-2015, at 09:00 by traveler2239 ]

2. Posted by traveler2239 (Budding Member 3 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

This is specific to a Spanish Visa!!

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Feb-2015, at 09:03 by traveler2239 ]

3. Posted by mapsandmoxie (Full Member 196 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Go talk to the embassy (Spanish and/or your own) and confirm what your visa allows and doesn't allow. Please note that when you don't specify your nationality it limits our ability to help you.

4. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

As with almost all Visa questions on this forum you fail to give the single most important piece of information: Your nationality.

That said, it's up to you to monitor your own Visa. "Long stay" is a meaningless term, there must be a period of eligibility on the Visa, there must be an expiration date. Also - depending once again on your nationality - just because you have a Visa for Spain does not mean you're automatically allowed entrance into the UK.

Good luck at straightening out the confusion.