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What is the protocol for visa overstay at Zurich airport, and will I get the judgement?

This is too important for a comment. CONSULT AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER. You need professional help to get this sorted out. Yes, this will be expensive but if you screw this up further you may be refused ...
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Schengen to Schengen with connecting flight via UK (non-Schengen)

Do not do this. If you travel Schengen to Schengen via Non-Schengen what will happen is the following: You will get a Schengen exit stamp in Iceland, as you are exiting the Schengen Area. You will ...
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Denied boarding on RyanAir intra-Schengen despite valid German Residency travel documents

First, as this was an internal Schengen flight, you should not need any documentation other than ID (and even that, not always) to board that flight. For some weird reason Ryanair go over the top on ...
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What action can I take against Turkish airlines for denying me boarding?

Email [email protected] (source) with a copy of your visa and ask - as if you didn't know - whether you would've been allowed to enter Schengen at Hannover, given that Turkish Airlines ...
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Overstayed my visa in Germany by 9 days

There is now an official record that you apparently did break German law. I write 'apparently' because you have not been sentenced in court. Violating ยง95 AufenthG could lead to a fine or even to a ...
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Is it legal to cross an internal Schengen border without passport for a day visit

This caused a bit of tension in the group as there was disagreement on whether this is in fact unlawful or not. You were right, they were wrong. Both Germans and non-Germans are required to carry a ...
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Clarification needed about my Schengen visa (CZ, DE, SK)

The symbol following "ETATS SCHENGEN" is a dash to be interpreted as a minus sign. This means that your visa has a limited territorial validity, and is not valid for travel to the Czech ...
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My cancelled flight caused me to overstay my visa and now my visa application was rejected

Actually, you did overstay. Your best defense is that it was negligent rather than intentional, but you are responsible for reading the regulations. For the benefit of other readers of this Q&A: ...
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Overstayed my visa in Germany by 9 days

Just to address the After telling my boss, he said that he can write me a letter to explain the extra days If I need it. part. Whatever your boss writes in that letter, it will most probably work ...
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Dual British-Italian citizen, what passport should I use travelling to Italy on holiday?

Travel with both: At check-in/gate UK-Italy, present the Italian passport or ID At Italian entry border control, present the Italian passport or ID At check-in/gate Italy-UK, present the British ...
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Wife and I would like to travel throughout the Schengen area for more than 90 days while my Portuguese citizenship application is in process

The fact your residency application is in process, and most of the detail in your question, is irrelevant. The important fact is that you are the family member of an EU citizen. As such, you benefit ...
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Is it legal to cross an internal Schengen border without passport for a day visit

In theory, you did the right thing as you're theoretically meant to hold a travel document to cross the internal border. In reality, you were WAY overthinking it. Anywhere you can cycle over the ...
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Extending the stay beyond dates mentioned in the Schengen visa application

As you mention in your comment, duration of stay is 8 days. This means that in period of 30th of April till the 24th of May you are allowed to be in the Schengen area 8 days. And a day in this case is ...
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Applied for Germany visa in the UK, but traveling from India. Will there be a problem?

There is no reason this should be a problem. There is no restriction and no requirement regarding where you are entering the Schengen area from.
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I am a US citizen, my wife is Belgian. We intend to spend 6+ months in Italy. Do I need a visa?

do I need a visa No, as a US citizen, you are already allowed into the Schengen Area visa-free, + as a family member of a Union citizen, you benefit from the same freedom of movement as the union ...
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Two teens, aged 13, traveling alone internationally

This assumes that this is booked as a single itinerary. I think a self-connection would be a non-starter here. Unfortunately rules around this vary a lot by airline and by country are often vague. ...
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Can I walk to the Netherlands from Weeze, Germany (NRN)?

From Weeze to the Netherlands there are low traffic flow roads. As common in the Netherlands, next to them there is a cyclist dedicated path, which can also be used by pedestrians. This is an example ...
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Is speaking the country's language fluently regarded favorably when applying for a Schengen visa?

There are no specific language requirements. If you are just dropping of documents, it won't make a difference. The docs will be received by a receptionist who receives all sorts of documents for all ...
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Can I walk to the Netherlands from Weeze, Germany (NRN)?

So am I allowed to walk into the Netherlands at that border crossing 2km south of Weeze? Yes. Is this allowed? Yes. Pedestrian border crossings between the Netherlands and Germany are quite common. ...
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Will the passport control (tourist visa check) happen in Norway (destination and visa issuing country) or Munich (layover)?

As Norway and Germany are both in the Schengen zone, the flight from Munich to Norway is effectively domestic as far as immigration goes, and therefore you will go through passport control in Munich. ...
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Why do Schengen consulates care about "visa shopping"?

Beyond all the practical (and very real) issues, there is also deeper issue that's not necessarily spelled out in details in the regulations themselves but definitely guides EU law: state sovereignty ...
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Two diagonal lines in passport stamp

claim for tax free ... to reach my gate flight for Zurich (its a strange setup). This is because Switzerland is outside of the customs union, but inside of the Schengen Area. So you had to 'leave' ...
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UK crew working on cruise ship in Schengen area: does Seaman's Book stop passport being stamped at airport on arrival in the country before boarding?

When getting off the first flight, UK to Germany, she will enter Schengen: the next flight is a domestic flight, as far as Schengen is concerned, and she will have to cross the border, and passport ...
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Why do Schengen consulates care about "visa shopping"?

So why do Schengen consulates have complex rules around what constitutes the "primary" destination, to the point ... The main reason is to spread the workload more or less proportionally to ...
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Entering Greece from Bulgaria on dirt roads

Actually Bulgaria is not even in Schengen by air or sea yet, that starts on March 31 (2024). At this time, you would be crossing an external Schengen border, and you are only allowed to do that at an ...
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Chances of Eurostar extending to Germany

Very very low. In terms of its route network to the UK, Eurostar has, since Brexit, been cutting it back rather than expanding it. This is because there is currently simply not enough capacity at St ...
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Is 1.5 hours enough for flight transfer in Frankfurt?

You have to clear immigration in Frankfurt, but if this is a through ticket, you will usually have plenty of time with 1.5 hours. The minimum transfer time in Frankfurt is only 45 minutes, even for ...
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Netherlands Visa not processed even after 25 days

Processing times can vary for many reasons, and people applying at the same time may typically receive responses around the same time, but it's far from unheard of that some applications take longer ...
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Can I walk to the Netherlands from Weeze, Germany (NRN)?

Just a reminder, that if you do choose to do this, then (assuming you need a Schengen) visa, then you will still need to apply to the Dutch authorities, not the German ones
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Going to Amsterdam tomorrow. Two months left on passport

This is very much a long shot, but it might be possible. See https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/get-fast.html It used to be the case that same- or next-day service was available to ...
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