I did see a couple of questions which are similar but I still see no clear/concrete answer, hence I am asking it again.
I am a student from India here in Grenoble, France on an internship for the months. And I lost my passport the day I got here (sucks … I know :/). I had a type C visa on it, which was issued on 12-05-2015. So, it is (I think) still valid.
I registered a complaint at the police station, I got a new passport from the Embassy at Paris. As of now, things seem better.
The unfortunate complication is, I need to travel to Italy for a workshop at the end of June. And my question would basically be, how would I do this without a visa.
Would I have to apply for a new visa or is there some way that I can get it reissued?
Point to note: I will be going to Italy by road via Geneva. (The organisers of the workshop have arranged for buses from Geneva, so I will have to go there first).
I contacted the French Consulate in India who directed me to go the prefecture here. A friend of mine (local) had gone to the prefecture, and they gave the impression that they would not do anything about it (even after reading the mail from the prefecture). But he said, that they told him I am allowed to continue staying in France (he said Schengen zone but I am not sure if he said that or the prefecture did) as my visa is valid.
I (actually my friend) then contacted the French Consulate again, who said that it is forbidden to travel to without a visa. They were talking about some sort of stamps that would be put in Switzerland (I don't clearly understand because the mails were in French). They said that at best they would ensure that I can stay in France without any problems.
Now I guess the next logical step maybe to apply for a visa at the Italian Consulate, but the weirdest part is there is no mention about how to apply for visas in the website of the Italian Consulate. They only have sections suggesting how to apply for new passports and mostly are directed only to Italian nationals.
I was of the impression that since I am already in the Schengen area, it would not be an issue to travel to Italy. But the response from the French Consulate in India worries me.