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I just returned to the U.S. from Germany after my work visa was rejected

I entered the Schengen zone on July 30th, 2018 and began looking for work out there casually. I received a job offer from a start-up and began applying for a work permit. In the meantime, as my Schengen time was nearly up, the ausländerbehörde gave me a fiktionsbescheinigung.

Later, this office rejected my request for a visa. I left the Schengen zone to the states on the 12th of December.

I am wondering how long I have to wait in order to return to the Schengen zone, so that I can begin to look for work out there again. I am looking for a company to support an EU-blue card and in my opinion it is best to look there rather than attempt to find a position from the states.

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    Afaict the question boils down to whether time on a "fiktionsbescheinigung" counts against the 90/180 limit or not. Time on a proper long term visa or residence permit does not but I dunnot what the rules surrounding the various types of country-specific temporary residence document are. – Peter Green Dec 22 '18 at 1:59
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    @PeterGreen that is correct. It depends on whether box 3 on the third page was selected. Joseph Schafer: was it? – phoog Mar 8 at 5:26

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