Reset Tourist Visa for extended stay in Europe?
Category: Sports and Recreation > Travel
Asked by: chrliegrl-ga
List Price: $7.14
05 Nov 2005 13:56 PST
Expires: 05 Dec 2005 13:56 PST
Question ID: 589513
I am looking for information on long stays in Europe (Paris, France) so I picked a French price for the question! Can an American take trips at appropriate intervals from Europe to non-Shengen countries to "re-set" a tourist visa? I believe this question is unique on Google Answers because I don't want to emigrate to France, I just want to visit a little bit longer. More information: My boyfriend has a one year fellowship from the French Government to work in Paris. I quit my job in late August and have enjoyed being here, but my 89 days permitted by the Shengen agreement are nearly up and I'm returning home to the USA. I will stay home for the holidays and then return to France. This is where it gets complicated. I would like to stay here (Paris) from January through August. I have found three options. I can try to do the French long-stay visa application process in the USA in December (and probably fail to complete in time), I can try to find a student visa (an ideal option for me, but it appears too expensive to take enough credit hours), or it seems possible that I can take two trips at appropriate intervals to non-Shengen countries to "re-set" my tourist visa. It seems from other Google Answers that among those are two places I've always wanted to go, Iceland and the Czech Republic. It also seems from other Google Answers that it is important to take an airplane flight, that passport stamps aren't as important as the little cards we fill out in flight. Can anyone provide guidance as to how to complete the year here in Paris? I'm specifically looking for information on whether traveling to non-Shengan countries will suffice, but I'm open to other legal solutions. My French friend suggested carrying around a copy of my boyfriend's offer letter from the consulate for just the one year and talking about *amour* if they try to kick me out... I'd like to find something more concrete than that!
Re: Reset Tourist Visa for extended stay in Europe?
Answered By: hedgie-ga on 24 Nov 2005 08:54 PST
Hello Charlie's girl The practice of 'rebooting the visa' (as it is called by US expats in CR (=Czech Republic) does not require air travel. What decides is the entry stamp in the passport. So as long as there is a border patrol controlling entry, a visit, no matter how short andno matter how you arrive, resulting in the stamp, will reboot your visa. If you decide travel to Prague (which we heartily recommend - but check the safety tips at) http://www.hedgie.org/travel/money.php you may have to specifically ask that they stamp your passport. Border control is supposed to do that, but as American are still quite popular in CR (House White efforts nowithstanding) many officials 'forget' to do that, as a favor, thus allowing the visitor to stay longer than the 90 days. They will stamp your passport when you ask for it. Enjoy, but please, do read the disclaimers and be aware that there are no gurantees. We tested this on CR/Germany route and it worked, but border officials are not fully dterministic system. Hedgie
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Answered my question, Thanks! I wish there could be a more "official" answer (government website), but I guess based on the nature of this question there will always be an element of luck to it....
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