Schengen visa extension while in Germany

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1. Posted by us_germ_travel (Budding Member 2 posts) 30w Star this if you like it!

Hi,

I live in the US but I am not a US citizen (work visa holder). I came from US to Germany for a business workshop on a schengen visa which is valid until Aug 3rd. During my stay, I needed to get my US visa stamped on my passport, since the stamp had expired but the visa is valid. However, the US visa stamping went into administrative processing and can take several additional weeks to process. Since my schengen visa is due to expire sooner (next week), I am thinking about extending the schengen visa if possible. My company would support this since I am critical to several projects and my home country does not have any offices for my company. I would like to know if anyone has done this? If yes, (a) which locations in Germany support this service (b) how do I book an appointment and (c) how long does it typically take to get the visa extended? Any additional pointers in terms of relevant documents would also be appreciated.

Please note that I have already visited the official webpage of schengen visa extension, and would like to know more details as highlighted above.

Thanks for all your help!

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1386 posts) 30w Star this if you like it!

Quoting us_germ_travel

I live in the US but I am not a US citizen.

We don't need to know what nationalities you *aren't*. The single most useful piece of information for visa questions is... What is your nationality?

3. Posted by us_germ_travel (Budding Member 2 posts) 30w Star this if you like it!

My nationality is Indian.
I didn't realize that it was important :)

4. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 547 posts) 30w Star this if you like it!

When it comes to visas, your nationality is the most important initial element.

>Since my schengen visa is due to expire sooner (next week), I am thinking about extending the schengen visa if possible.

You don't say whether you entered Germany on an 'ordinary' Schengen Visa (type 'C', valid for 90 days in every 180) or a type D national Schengen visa.

In theory, it is possible to extend a type C visa though only in the most exceptional circumstances and only for very specific reasons. In practice, the chances of you being able to do so are very small indeed, especially as you appear to have been visiting for business purposes which are not covered by a type C visa.

Whether a type D visa can be extended depends on the country and individual concerned.

It is very unfortunate indeed that you needed or chose to get your passport stamped with your US visa during your stay and even more unfortunate that it wasn't a straightforward process.

Your passport is an essential document if you wish to extend a visa....and, of course, it is also an essential document if you want to leave the Schengen Zone before your visa expires. Over-staying can result in a fine, in difficulties in getting a further visa and/or a ban on entry for several years.

>which locations in Germany support this service etc

The first people to contact are surely your employers? They will be able to find out what is necessary, provide any required documentation and support you through the process...most especially as you say you are 'critical to several projects' (in Germany?). And if your company made the initial visa application for you they should of course be sorting things out on your behalf.

Otherwise, you should contact the German immigration authorities. If you are not sure how to do that, you could contact the Indian Embassy in Berlin or the Indian Consulate in either Frankfurt or Munich. I'm sure they will be able to tell you what is required.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Jul-2018, at 23:46 by leics2 ]