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I am a non-EU national currently staying in the country of Georgia on their one-year visa-free program which includes my country. I have been living here for 7 months but do not have any official residence permit, only a lease agreement.

I am applying to enter the EU on a Tourist visa short stay <= 90 days. But I am currently held up in the application asking for the Residence Permit Number or Equivalent.

What do I do in this scenario? I no longer "live" in my home country, but also do not officially hold residence here (unless I am misunderstanding)

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    I suspect that the answer may be that your residence in Georgia on the basis of visa-free entry does not permit you to apply. See netherlandsworldwide.nl/countries/georgia/travel/…, for example. It might help you get an answer if you stated which Schengen country you wish to apply to, and your citizenship.
    – Traveller
    Commented May 21, 2022 at 14:38

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So the verdict was that the embassy only processes visas for residence permit holders; as a "tourist", I do not check this box and have 2 options:

  1. Acquire residence and then apply
  2. Return to my home country and apply from there

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