I had a tourist visa to the Czech Republic for 2 weeks, my return plane ticket was the last day of my allocated visa.
2 days prior to me going back home, my Lufthansa flight got canceled and the earliest available alternative flight was 2 days later.
When connecting between the Czech Republic and Germany so that I can fly from there back home, I was taken aside and questioned since I overstayed my visa by 2 days.
Even though I clearly stated to the customs police that my flight was canceled with email proof from the airline, they marked my name on the system like I was some sort of illegal alien...
A few months pass and now I have applied for a new visa to the Czech Republic, and my visa now is rejected from the German side causing me to be technically banned from entering the Schengen area.
I have contacted the Czech embassy and they told me that they don't have a problem with me but Germany rejected me getting a visa because of what happened, and I was told to get this fixed and they will grant me a visa right away.
I have contacted Lufthansa to get an official email from them proving that they canceled my flight and no same-day alternatives were available.
I have also contacted the German consulate and they have taken my passport number mentioning that they will contact the German police about the issue.
My flight to the Czech Republic is in 7 days, the Czechs have told me they will provide me with a special visa request so that I can get it in time but for that, I need to get my name cleared in the coming days.
What can I do? Who can contact other than the parties I have mentioned? it's unacceptable that I'm being treated like an illegal alien even though im clearly innocent. Keeping in mind that I asked the German police when I was detained if this will cause issues with future visas, and they stated that it might if I want to come to Germany; but im my current case, I won't be visiting Germany, and it's not even part of the transit list on any of my flights for this trip.
Can this be fixed in a day or 2? Can I sue the airline for this? can I sue the German government for this?
I don't know what's possible and what I can do, I just want to catch my flight on time :(
Note: All flights back to Lebanon were canceled on that day, this was due to the Lebanese government putting into action a new time zone out of nowhere which forced airlines to cancel trips so that they can adapt to the new timezone. https://apnews.com/article/lebanon-daylight-savings-time-9aee80838f6dfd53fd3564981f9667a8
In my communication with the German side, I clearly stated that I haven't gone through the proper protocol where I should've applied for a visa extension as soon as my flight was canceled due exclusively to my ignorance of the topic. And that this will not repeat itself.
I also stated in my email that my work, and family are back in Lebanon, and theres nothing for me to gain from a visa overstay.
I was contacted again by the czech embassy mentioning that I still have an alert on SIS, I have forwarded this to the german consulate and now waiting their answer.
How long does this process take? is there any way i can get fined/imprisoned?