Student Visa into Tourist Visa


May 7th, 2013, 06:53 AM
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Student Visa into Tourist Visa

hi everyone,

I have been in Spain with a student visa which expires on June 30th. I´d like to travel a bit around Europe before I head back to the USA. I´ve heard that once my Spanish residency/visa expires that I become a tourist with the 90 days inside Schengen... I´ve also heard that I must leave Spain by the 30th before it expires which is a little contradictory... I´ve heard a lot of different stories.

If I were to leave Spain a couple days before my visa expires and go to the UK or Ireland could I then re-enter the Schengen countries with a stamped passport as a tourist for the 90 days? I would eventually fly home from Spain after collecting the rest of my belongings I´d leave with a friend there since I assume I´d be able go back freely as a tourist like the rest of the Schengen countries.

If anybody can put my mind to ease about all this please let me know!

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May 7th, 2013, 06:57 AM
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I'd ask at your nearest airport directly to the immigration police if you cannot get a clear answer from the Spanish entity which granted your visa. It says nothing on the website for the Spanish government?
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May 7th, 2013, 07:04 AM
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I'm also a little confused. Did you ever go and get your student resident CARD? Is the date on the card also the 30th of June? They used to extend student dates up to September to be able to come back for repeat exams that were failed in June. Were you here for a year or three months?

You could also go to the police station where you got that card ( IF you ever went to get it) and see about asking for an extension to travel as a USA tourist ( who doesn't need any additional paperwork) and see what they say.
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