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Old May 1st, 2015, 07:50 AM
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French Visa Question / Schengen Tourist Visa Rules

Hi everyone,

I have a type D visa, "Long Sejour Temporaire", and it is valid until 29/05/15. With this visa, I didn't need to apply for a residence permit when I got to France. I would like to stay in France after the expiration date of my student visa, just to travel as a tourist for 2 months. I have read many articles about the tourist visa in the Schengen area, and I understand that a US citizen can stay for 90 out of 180 days as a tourist. If I leave France on the date of my student visa expiration date (and go to a non Schengen area country), and then re-enter a few days later, can I re-enter France as a tourist and stay for the 90 days later? I have spoken to the prefecture here in Lyon, and he has confirmed that this is possible. However, now I am wondering how long I need to be out of the country before I can return (the prefecture won't tell me directly how long I need to be out of the country for). I am planning on leaving for London on May 29th (the expiration date of my visa) and returning on May 31st. Also, do I need to apply for a tourist visa to return to France?

Please help me, I don't want to run into any problems at passport control!

Mariah
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Old May 1st, 2015, 08:30 AM
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Are you an american citizen? The automatic visa - you just turn up as a tourist - applies to US citizens - and those from some other countries. But people from may other countries do require an actual visa obtained in advance to enter even as a tourist.

How can the French official say you are allowed to do this without giving a number of days? Of course you can return later as a tourist with an automatic via - but the only issue you need an answer to - if a couple of days is long enough - they appear not to have answered.

Have you looked at the official information on-line?
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{Curious how Fodors has become the go to place for student Visa issues, usually over stayed visits or wanting advice on how to stay beyond time allowed.}
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As far as the question about staying 60 more days, no , leaving for a few days to non- Schengen will not restart the clock.

Use this to see how many more days you have.

http://www.fodors.com/community/foru...le-refresh.cfm
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Dang, wrong link. {this is why we need edit function}

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs...ulator_en.html
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>>>As far as the question about staying 60 more days, no , leaving for a few days to non- Schengen will not restart the clock.
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Yes, provided you re-enter after the expiry of type D visa (so from 30th May), you should be fine.
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