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Advice obtaining a Schengen Visa for Europe (>90 day stay)

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Advice obtaining a Schengen Visa for Europe (>90 day stay)

We had planned several house swaps in Europe without realising that we would require a Schegen Visa to allow us to stay greater than 90 days across the EU countries. We leave in mid March with little time to organise the Visa (not living close to any of the foreign embassies in Canberra). Is there anyone that can shed light on how easy it is to obtain a Schengen Visa once you are actually in Europe. We understand France simply does not provide extension visa's unless you are staying in that country along for greater than 90 days, which is not our plans.

Any shared experiences would be invaluable as to how we can achieve this in such a short time before departure. If not achieved before we leave in mid March, our Plan B is to wait and apply in our second country (Netherlands), which follows a house swap is in France. We will have two weeks left before our 90 day expiry by the time we reach the Netherlands and have a month long house swap booked. Any advice greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: Advice obtaining a Schengen Visa for Europe (>90 day stay)

I have seen stuff on longer schengen visas on the German forum - maybe a search there would help

we had 6 weeks in Germany (Belgium & Austria) and simply got our visa on arrival at Frankfurt airport.

You may end up having to do a visa run to somewhere like the UK or Ireland which are not part of the Schengen agreement

you could also check out the ex-pat forum http://www.toytowngermany.com/

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2. Re: Advice obtaining a Schengen Visa for Europe (>90 day stay)

I seem to recall previous posts saying you could not apply once you were in the Schengen area. Your best bet is to contact the Embassy of whichever country you will be staying the longest. But I would not be optimistic about your chances of obtaining a long-stay visa: they are not easy to obtain.

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>>You may end up having to do a visa run to somewhere like the UK or Ireland which are not part of the Schengen agreement<<

That would not work. The rule is 90 days in any period of 180 days. Leaving the Schengen area stops the clock, but does not reset it back to zero.

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4. Re: Advice obtaining a Schengen Visa for Europe (>90 day stay)

An excellent article in the travel section of the Sunday Telegraph travel pages this week. Essentially the visa is 90 days in 180 as mentioned by sydneynick above. If you are going to be in the area for more than 90 days in 180, you need to apply for an extended stay visa with one of the countries that offer that facility (e.g. France, Spain & Portugal are among them) but not all EU countries do. You have to apply directly to the relevant embassy before you leave and must have a minimum validity on your passport at time of departure.

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Thankyou so much for kind responses. Unfortunately it is too close to departure when we found out so we have reduced our stay to 90 day limit. Advice all consistent with formal advice from each Embassy, they are not keen to extend unless you can prove extenuating circumstances with family connections. Incomvenient to find out too late, but hey worse could happen!

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6. Re: Advice obtaining a Schengen Visa for Europe (>90 day stay)

the Telegraph article was a little confusing. It used an example, if you left after 60 days you would need wait 120 days to re enter. Suggesting single entry only within 180 days. That isnt the case.

Worth noting that when passport stamped on entry that unlike many countries NO reference made to length of stay (eg 90 day), nor depart by date.

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7. Re: Advice obtaining a Schengen Visa for Europe (>90 day stay)

Sounds like you're in for a fabulous extended holiday still! Enjoy.........

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