I'm an Australian citizen working in Germany but my work contract finishes this month along with both my work and residence permits. I would like to stay after my permits expire and travel to other countries in the Schengen area. Do I need to apply for a new visa, and if so then which one?
I originally arrived in Europe before the start of my work period and used up almost all of the 90 days I was allowed to travel for without a visa. I also travelled briefly to the UK and back almost six months ago (my passport was stamped for an entry period of six months).
I mention my visit to the UK in case of the option to return to the UK and reset my 90 day Schengen travel period. Unfortunately, I visited the UK at about the same I got my six month residence permit, which if I understand correctly means I won't be able to reenter the UK as my six month entry period will have expired.
- Arrived in Europe (no visa)
- Stayed for 80 days
- Obtained work and residence permits (for six months)
- Visited UK for two days
- Worked for over five months in Germany
- Work/residence permits expire in less than one month