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I am currently living in Germany, using a one-year working holiday visa. When that expires, I hope to move to another European country, and continue this pattern of moving countries for as long as I'm eligible for visas.

I know that without a visa, as an Australian I can only stay in the Schengen area for 90 days out of every 180.

  • Is it going to be fine to apply for a Schengen visa (probably another 1-year working holiday) visa for another country, immediately consecutive to my current visa - i.e. starting the day my current one ends?

  • When my visa here expires, do I need to leave the country immediately, or can I stay for up to 90 days before leaving?

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So you will apply for a Schengen visa giving the authority your passport with a Schengen visa already in it. Unless the consulate worker will choose to ignore it you won't get another one. –  Karlson Apr 20 '12 at 16:21
    
@Karlson, if you have a Schengen visa, can you not apply for another (in another country)? That sounds like an answer to what I am asking, and worried about. –  David M Apr 21 '12 at 5:54
    
You can certainly apply but since visa is the same for all of those countries... –  Karlson Apr 21 '12 at 13:36
    
"..."? I hate to sound stupid, but I don't know what goes after that ellipsis. Is it not normal / possible / legal to have two working holiday / Schengen visas one after the other? Although it gives access to all countries in the zone, it's issued by a specific country, isn't it? –  David M Apr 21 '12 at 21:46
    
Let's apply a little of common sense. Since you are applying to Schengen Visa which applies to all countries doesn't it mean that a visa granted by one country would be considered the same as visa granted by another? So why exactly would France grant you a new visa in violation of treaties, if Germany granted you visa already? –  Karlson Apr 22 '12 at 0:50

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Staying some time in the Schengen area after your current visa expires is possible as the time under the work-holiday visa does not count toward the 90-day limit, see Does tourist visa (90 days) apply after a working holiday visa ends in Schengen countries?

Applying for a work-holiday visa from another country should also be no problem, at least as far as Schengen regulations are concerned. The basic principle is that long-stay visas are still national matters, not subject to the Schengen-wide restrictions on short stay (“Schengen visa” is a bit of a misnomer in this case, there are major differences between Schengen uniform short-stay visas and national long-term visas from Schengen countries).

If you are eligible under local law, a Schengen member state can certainly grant you a national visa starting immediately after another long-term national visa (from the same country or from another Schengen country). One thing you need to be mindful of is that it's sometimes impossible to apply for a long-stay visa from within the country (even if you would otherwise qualify for the visa) but some countries do allow it.

Importantly, none of this is true for short-stay visas (Schengen uniform/type C visas). In that case, you shouldn't have overlapping visas and even in the unlikely event you would manage to get several visas, the 90-day rule applies to you as a person. Getting another visa or using another passport does not entitle you to another 90 days in the Schengen area.

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