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Jun 1st, 2016, 06:21 PM
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Schengen Visa / Student Visa

My son is taking part in a study abroad program for high schoolers in the fall. He will be in Switzerland for exactly 90 days - the length of the program. We are trying to find some loophole so that he can extend his stay for another 2 or 3 weeks. We were hoping to come join him when his program finished. I have been doing tons of research trying to figure out a way he can get to stay. The program does not use Swiss student visas, it just uses Schengen visas because they are easier for the program to get. I know we can go to the UK or other non-Schengen countries, but that is not really what we want to do.
We were hoping to either be in Switzerland or France for those few weeks. I've read it's not too hard to get an extended stay visa for France, which might work if his program was taking place there, but I don't think they would give him one if he was spending most of his time in Switzerland. The embassy of Switzerland in San Francisco was pretty clear they would not give him any visa outside of the Schengen visa.
We have family in England (my brother-in-law) and my sister lives in Sweden. I did look into an extended visa for Sweden but it would not permit travel outside of Sweden if he had already used up his 90 days. I know I'm grasping at straws but I even thought that maybe he could do a 2 week language course in Spain or the like, and get a student visa there but that seems like a long shot.
I have read of people having a student visa, leaving to the UK as it expires, and then starting the clock on the Schengen visa, but I've never seen anything about getting to do it the opposite way.

My question to you all - any ideas? Is it hard to get a Swiss student visa for a program that is only 90 days? The program has taken place for over 30 years in Switzerland but is only a one semester, in the fall, program. Should I try to get a extended visa from Sweden and have my son go to my sister's there? We could meet up, travel to France from there, and more importantly, fly out of Sweden to the US when we leave. I know we would be not following the intent of the visa and while I know they don't check passports between countries, I also don't want to risk my son's future travel prospects!

Thanks for any input.
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Jun 1st, 2016, 06:43 PM
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>>I've read it's not too hard to get an extended stay visa for France,<<

Not sure where you read that -- but it isn't easy.

My guess is they program is exactly 90 days for a reason and they don't want to be involved w/ student visas.

Go to the UK or Ireland or Turkey or some other country that isn't in Schengen.
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Jun 2nd, 2016, 07:00 PM
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You are chasing illusions. You can't change the visa's 90 day limit.

If you really want to stay do as suggested above and do it in a country that allows it.
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