I'm a US citizen living in Berlin with a German language course visa. My residence permit is due to expire in a month. I wanted to stay in Berlin longer and was looking for different ways to make it happen.
I recently consulted with the immigration lawyer, which resulted in even more confusions. My original plan was to apply for a freelancer visa, but my the lawyer said I would have to leave the EU and come back in 3 months; only then I can re-apply for a different visa.
I was aware of the fact of not getting a new type of visa while still being on the language course visa. However, I still wanted to find it out from my lawyer. I asked her what if go to a non-Schengen zone like the UK, London to be exact. She said “no” and that I will have to leave the entire EU and go back to US for 3 months. This is where it didn’t make any sense. I know that the UK isn’t a Schengen zone and my expired German residence permit has nothing to do with it. Am I correct?
My question is: After the expiration of my German residence permit do I have to leave the entire EU or just the Schengen zone?