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Reentry to France after expiration of visa

Old Jun 27th, 2022, 09:33 AM
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Reentry to France after expiration of visa

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I'm looking on the internet for information but can't find anything. My daughter is at a UK university studying languages and has been on her year abroad in France since last
August. Her long stay student Visa will expire in august 2022. She wants to stay in France,travel round the country a bit and continue to improve her French before coming back for her final year at uni starting in October. She thinks that after her visa expires then she can stay on as a tourist and of course would be subject to the rule of not staying more than 90 days out of 180.My question is would she have to leave France before her visa expires and then reenter France. It is impossible to speak to anyone at the French embassy and i did email but got no reply. any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old Jun 27th, 2022, 11:02 AM
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I wonder why she hasn't asked the school officials in charge of her study abroad? There may be a process to do extend a visa, but I wouldn't just stay and hope for the best.

I have seen too many overstayers deported and blocked from returning to ever recommend this to anyone.
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Old Jun 27th, 2022, 11:16 AM
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Her university course has officially finished for this year. It was so complicated to get a Visa in the first place because of Brexit. I'm definitely going to tell her to come home for a bit before going back as a tourist.
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Old Jun 27th, 2022, 02:06 PM
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The first thing to tell us the nationality of the passport she holds.
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Old Jun 27th, 2022, 10:47 PM
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The first thing to tell us the nationality of the passport she holds.
The post above your one gives a clue they say
because of Brexit
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This website may be helpful. It explains that the visa is for etc. https://france-visas.gouv.fr/en/web/...-visas/student
https://france-visas.gouv.fr/en/web/...-visas/student
This page says
How do I renew/extend my visa ?

I am in France and I wish to renew or extend my visa, I must contact the prefecture of my place of residence. If I am in my country of residence, I contact the consular services or the competent service provider
https://france-visas.gouv.fr/en/web/france-visas/faq
Reading that website it would seem that the visas are done electronically and the embassy is not involved.
Here is a Schengen zone calculation.
https://ec.europa.eu/assets/home/vis...or.htm?lang=fr
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Old Jun 27th, 2022, 11:26 PM
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I'm really interested in something definitive on that question too. I have a 3 year residence permit, and would like to know if I can stay another 90 days if that permit is not renewed.

This Tripadvisor thread goes in circles over that very issue, without anything definitive, and makes mention of other Tripadvisor threads on that very topic. One poster said - - and this sounds most prudent - - "I've never seen an unequivocal answer to that one way or the other. From the plain reading of the law, it would seem the days simply don't count which would not require a re-entry. However, if it was me, I would exit while the visa was still valid, and then re-enter as a short-stay tourist so that I had the relevant stamps showing compliance with the visa and then the separate entry as a tourist. Just seems clearer and easier to explain should one ever get any questions."

"https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187275-i116-k11644032-Does_90_days_tourist_visa_works_after_Schengen_vis a_expires-Germany.html
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Old Jun 27th, 2022, 11:45 PM
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There is an old thread on here in which Alec says you have to leave. He hasn't been around for a while but seemed to know visa laws pretty well.
Schengen Visa Question - Student Visa / Visitor Visa


Btw if you have a country specific visa/residence permit the 90 day rule also applies for visiting other Schengen countries. The chance of being caught are slim, but if you for instance have a permit for France but spend 4 months in Spain you are illegal in Spain and risk deportation and the cancellation of your residence permit for France.
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Old Jun 28th, 2022, 03:11 AM
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You may like to consider joining Expat Life in France on FB that has a visa group that will answer this question for you.
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Old Jun 28th, 2022, 04:09 AM
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The post above your one gives a clue they say
Quote:
because of Brexit


I see no clue other than the person does not have an EU passport or there would be no problem with French travel.


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Old Jun 28th, 2022, 12:17 PM
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Hi sorry for not replying sooner but I've been at work. Daughter has a UK passport. It has all become so complicated since Brexit,which I did not vote for. I was also a student of French and lived there for 2 years. All i needed was a carte de séjour. Even getting the Visa initially for my daughter was a pain despite her being part of an organised exchange between her uni and the French university. Neither uni was able to give much advice about the Visa process. Anyway we would like her to stay a bit longer. If you are studying a language then you need to be in the country practising the language and soaking up the culture. Thank you for all the advice given so far!
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Old Jun 28th, 2022, 12:20 PM
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Hi sorry for not replying sooner but I've been at work. Daughter has a UK passport. It has all become so complicated since Brexit,which I did not vote for. I was also a student of French and lived there for 2 years. All i needed was a carte de séjour. Even getting the Visa initially for my daughter was a pain despite her being part of an organised exchange between her uni and the French university. Neither uni was able to give much advice about the Visa process. Anyway we would like her to stay a bit longer. If you are studying a language then you need to be in the country practising the language and soaking up the culture. Thank you for all the advice given so far!

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Old Jun 28th, 2022, 12:48 PM
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To reiterate from above, what I would do: a couple days before the expiration of the visa, go visit the UK (or anywhere outside of Schengen). After the expiration of the visa, go back and begin the "any 90 days within 180" as a 'tourist'. You then have the stamps in the passport clearly showing the transits. (What I was doing for a few years till recently, is going into Schengen for 45 days, leaving for 45 days, rinse and repeat, which is what I would go back and do again after the expiration of my visa.)

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Firstly, long stay visas have no disqualifying effect on the 90/180 day rule. Anyone with a long stay visa may extend their stay another 90 days beyond the end date of the visa, as long as they would otherwise qualify for a 90/180-day stay.

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo...86-ASW_EN.html

Secondly, what is less clear - must someone exit France, then reenter to start the 90-day period. I have seen several interpretations, as the law itself is not specific. The last interpretation that I read stated that someone starting a 90-day stay at the end of a long stay visa must leave France (this could be the time it takes to cross the Spanish border, for example), but is not necessarily required to leave the Schengen zone.
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Old Jun 30th, 2022, 09:47 AM
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French immiigration officials are not that ignorant. If they have any reason to suspect a UK citizen (which they would not do in 99% of the cases), they know how to add 90 days to the expiration date of the student visa to see if the stay is legal or not. This is not like the famous visa runs in Thailand in the 1990s.
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Old Jun 30th, 2022, 11:54 AM
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Thanks for posting the rule Sarastro
https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo...86-ASW_EN.html
What it suggests is that the day after your Visa or residence permit expires, if you continue staying in the country of issue, you are overstaying your visa. You can, though say, "But today I'm no longer a resident/visa holder - - today I'm a tourist!" But what it suggests is that if you don't leave before your visa/resident permit expires, you are not actually a tourist - - you are in violation of your visa/residence permit. So you can tell the authorities: "Aha! I spent the night in another Schengen country last night - - camping in the forest - - so NOW I am a tourist!" But you need proof.

I imagine staying at a hotel across the border in another Schengen country, with receipt and credit card statement would be kind of iffy proof, but swearing on a stack of Bibles that you went camping in a forest across the border might have limited legal weight. A passport stamp, on the other hand, would make things pretty clear.

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Originally Posted by dfourh View Post
A passport stamp, on the other hand, would make things pretty clear.
Yes it would, but so would a receipt for lunch at a restaurant in Luxembourg. Overstaying a 90-day limit is far more serious than would be a nebulous situation about proving you left, or didn’t, at the end of a long stay visa.
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Old Jun 30th, 2022, 01:35 PM
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I'm very grateful for everyone for taking the time to comment. Thank you for your help.
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Old Jun 30th, 2022, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by dfourh View Post
So you can tell the authorities: "Aha! I spent the night in another Schengen country last night - - camping in the forest - - so NOW I am a tourist!" But you need proof.

I imagine staying at a hotel across the border in another Schengen country, with receipt and credit card statement would be kind of iffy proof, but swearing on a stack of Bibles that you went camping in a forest across the border might have limited legal weight. A passport stamp, on the other hand, would make things pretty clear.
It's not just based on time spent in the one country, it's time spent in ALL Schengen countries. So you can't just go from France to Luxembourg and reset the clock, they all count towards the 90 days, if I have not misunderstood your post.

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It's not just based on time spent in the one country, it's time spent in ALL Schengen countries. So you can't just go from France to Luxembourg and reset the clock, they all count towards the 90 days, if I have not misunderstood your post.
You are correct in stating that you have misunderstood. A long term visa stay is effectively invisible in reference to the 90/180-day rule. There is no clock to reset. The question here is what triggers the start of the 90-day period when one is already in France as the holder of an expired long term visa. The EU law is rather nebulous on this point, but interpretation has stated that the 90 day period starts when one actually leaves and renters the member country, which is France in this case. There is no requirement to depart the Schengen zone itself to start the 90-day period.
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