I never knew that my experiences with visas in the Schengen Zone would turn into a world of information for travelers and people looking to relocate to Europe.
Not only do I help research their questions, but also provide information on how to apply to legally live in the countries they love.
My most popular post is about the Schengen Treaty and Overstaying Visas. With the enormous amount of feedback and questions, I decided to compile the most common questions and situations I receive, and some answers and solutions.
If you have one of the same situations, please write in the comments which letter your situation is under, and I can further help you, or email me privately.
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I want to get married to an EU citizen, but I am non-EU and have overstayed my Schengen tourist visa.
Answer: If you have overstayed your Schengen visa, you’re definitely going to have some issues getting legally married in EU/Schengen, because in order to get married, you need to get authorities involved, and provide proof of your legality and residence the country you want to marry in. All countries have different procedures.
They only gave me 15 days in Schengen, but my flight tickets are booked for 25 days.
Answer: You should not book your flights before you are given your visa status. You need to change your flight tickets to coordinate with the amount of time your Schengen visa is allowed.
I overstayed in a Schengen country and was caught and fined €600, but I never paid. What will happen? Where can I pay this if I am in my home country?
Answer: If you never pay, you cannot enter that country (and potentially Schengen) for 4 years and will be entered into the Schengen Information System. You really SHOULD pay on the spot. Because it becomes a total catch 22 if you leave – you cannot pay online, only at the country’s tax office or passport control. If you don’t pay, after 4 years it is apparently erased (this information is from a Greek example, it could vary from country to country.)
I have a student visa. Can I travel to other Schengen countries after it expires?
Answer: It depends on what country you come from. For those who do not need a Schengen visa to travel, I would presume depending on what type your student visa was, you would be allowed an additional 90 days of tourism in Schengen. Please speak to your study abroad office for precise answers.
I got a Schengen visa (valid for 1 year), but I did not realize I only got 20 days to visit.
Answer: It’s important to pay attention to how many days you are allowed to stay inside Schengen. Just because your visa is valid for 1 year, you may only get a few weeks to be in the Schengen zone. Make sure to look at all dates on your visa!
I overstayed my Schengen tourist visa C, and the border guard did not say anything when I left. But now when I reapply, they denied my application because they saw I had overstayed.
Answer: Just because you leave and they didn’t say anything, doesn’t mean you are home-free. If you are from a country where you have to apply for a Schengen visa, then they have everything on record because they will ask for your previous dates and look into the system. If you are denied, please try and appeal.