Travel Visas to Czech Republic The Czech Republic is part of the Schengen zone, so this means that an entry stamp to this country is good for the 24 other member states and vice versa. Generally, tourists are given an entry stamp into the region that is good for 90 out of 180 days. This [...]
Travel Visas to Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is part of the Schengen zone, so this means that an entry stamp to this country is good for the 24 other member states and vice versa. Generally, tourists are given an entry stamp into the region that is good for 90 out of 180 days. This is a multiple entry visa, and leaving the zone and returning does not start the time count over — even though another stamp may be placed into a passport.
The following information is on visas to the Czech Republic in particular as well as the Schengen zone in general.
Schengen visa questions
Overstayed visa in the Czech Republic
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Visa overstaying waiting for immigration decision
Hi Wade, I have a situation I’m very nervous about maybe you have some thoughts.
I’ve been in Czech Republic since October. and I just learned that my Czech Republic schaengen visa application was denied from when I applied in October. I’ve not received any clear information from a lawyer here who really doesn’t know anything, and I’ve been getting conflicting reports of what I need to do now. I plan on returning back to USA IN early May, but if I have to leave sooner than I obviously I will to avoid disastrous punishment. .
I left the country within the 90 day time frame, but then came back a few days later. I had in my passport that I applied for a visa. The border control at airport let me back in, and gave me another stamp. I don’t even know if this meant that they saw my stamp and that means its okay to still be here since you applied, or if they just completely missed it.
So overall I’ve been in Zone for about 5 months total, but left to re-enter before the first 90 days were up. On April 3, the second stamp I was given when I re-entered Prague in January will be up.
So my questions are these: Is it their fault that they let me back in? Is it okay that I was waiting for visa while technically being over 90 day stay?
Also, when do I have to leave the Schaengen zone now? Do I have up until certain amount of days? And is it possible my situation now can ban me from entry in future, and for how long? Is my situation different and less severe punishment because I actually applied and they let me back in? Please somebody help I’m very concerned, I cannot be banned from Europe for work purposes.
Technically, you have overstayed your visa by two months. The Schengen tourist visa is good for an unlimited amount of multiple entries during the 180 days of its validity (you can only be in the zone for 90 of those 180 days). How many additional stamps that are put into to your passport are irrelevant — it is the first one that counts. But, although you have overstayed, it is my impression that you have paperwork and documentation that your additional time in the region was due to awaiting the decision on an extended visa (residency permit?) which ended up being denied. As long as you can show that you were awaiting this decision from immigration you should not be penalized for the overstay.
Keep in mind that so much about the immigration policies of the Schengen region are still left up to the interpretation of the individual member states as well as individual immigration officials. It is my recommendation that, as this is a Czech Republic issues, go through exit immigration in this country. Keep in mind that a flight that has a layover in another Schengen state will have you going through immigration there, so book a direct flight to London or Dublin and then fly on from there.
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March 23, 2011, 3:03 pm
Wade, thank you very your response I appreciate it. When you say that I have “paperwork” showing I’ve been here awaiting my visa decision, do you mean the stamp in my passport? On my passport it says I applied for a visa so that is proof right there. I can also show a ticket for a flight home, as well as copies of my submitted paperwork.
My biggest concern is being banned. If I have to pay a fine or forced to leave I can deal with that. Do you know of cases similar to my situation where they have been banned from Europe permanently or for a certain timeframe?
Thanks again, and sorry to bother you,
March 23, 2011, 3:04 pm
Great thank you again. And only last quesiton is have you heard of a case like mine that led to being banned from Europe?
March 23, 2011, 3:04 pm
Would you reccomend leaving from prague or rome on direct USA flight? All my visa documentation, and receipt of application is from czech Republic. But then again Italy is more lenient? Let me know what you’ve heard in past about those two countries.
March 29, 2011, 12:15 pm
Wade, Sorry to bother you again. Just wondering if you had any more information or reports about people exiting from CR while overstaying waiting for visa?
Also, what happens if you enter Ukraine by driving on an overstay in Schaengen?
March 29, 2011, 12:16 pm
So as it stands now the CR is safe exit?
March 29, 2011, 12:17 pm
What if you leave the Schengen with no problem and you get a stamp in USA? Even if you aren’t held up or have an irregular exchange with exit immigration, there’s still evidence in your passport that the next stamp after the schengen entry stamp was more than 3 months. Can that haunt you in the future?
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