What Happens If You Overstay A Tourist Visa?

You may know the concept of a border run, that quick hop across an international border to reset a visa, but what happens when you overstay your tourist visa? The answer is that it depends on several key factors, the passport you’re carrying, the country in question, and how long you’ve overstayed your visa. For most travelers with a US, Canadian, or European Union (EU) passport, it can be easy to overstay a tourist visa without realizing it, since most countries don’t require a visa application from you prior to entry. In fact, if you’re on an RTW, it’s easy to lose track, and here’s some information on what happens and what you can do.

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Poof! Nothing Happens Right Away

It’s not that storm troopers are going to bust down your hotel door the second you’re visa expires or stop you in parking lot. In fact, in most cases nothing will happen for a long time. Technically speaking, overstaying a tourist visa for more that 180 days in the US is grounds for deportation and inside the Schengen area is not permitted. While it is never good to overstay a visa, generally you won’t run into problems until you leave and try to reenter that particular country.

  • It’s at passport control where your overstay is most likely to be a problem
  • If you’re headed to Europe you’ll want to read up on the Schengen Agreement.
  • Each country has different penalties for those that overstay their tourist visas.

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Once you’ve overstayed a tourist visa you lose your credibility at the border and can be denied entry based on the fact you’ve overstayed a previous tourist visa.

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Many US citizens frequently overstay their European visas (since they don’t realize you can only be in the Schengen area for 90 days out of each 180) and are allowed reentry. US passports aren’t carefully scrutinized in Europe and in the US your results may vary. With a return ticket and valid reason for entry (for those who’ve overstayed a previous visa) generally most EU citizens won’t have trouble reentering the US. Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians, and a few other nationals also likely won’t face difficulties reentering assuming the initial overstay wasn’t too long.

  • If you had to apply for a visa prior to your visit, you’re more likely to encounter problems when reapplying.

Generally speaking, countries aren’t worried about an influx of tourists, they’re more worried about people coming on a tourist visa and never leaving. Typically this type of overstay isn’t associated with EU, US, Canadian, Australian, or New Zealand nationals.

How Long Did You Overstay?

That’s an important factor the person checking your passport upon reentry will be looking for. Did you overstay your tourist visa for a few days or months? They may ask you the reason for your overstay or why you want to reenter the country. The shorter the overstay the better but not overstaying at all is best.

Reentry Is The Issue

Even if you overstay a visa and are admitted on your next trip to the same country, on your third time there you may still be denied entry based on the fact you did overstay one of your visas. That’s up to the passport control officer (or embassy issuing visas) to determine. It all depends on how closely your passport stamps are inspected. That can vary based on the time of day you enter (late at night officers tend to be less diligent), the person in front of you (what passport did they have and if it took a long time), along with your passport and what you look like.

You’re best bet is to never overstay a tourist visa and find out the requirements that apply to you by checking out the specific country’s embassy website. That’s the only way to guarantee you won’t be denied entry with another valid tourist visa or encounter problems based on your previous negligence at the border.

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  1. Will says:

    Hi. Nice site. I’m considering deliberately overstaying my Schengen visa in France for an indefinite period. When I eventually leave France, I can cope with not being allowed back in if that’s the case, but I’d be interested in knowing whether to expect a fine before I’m allowed to leave.

    A second question is whether I’ll be required to present my passport and visa when I book into hotels.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    • Anil Polat says:

      Yes to the first and maybe to the second.

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      • Will says:

        Damn. Another romantic fantasy trashed. But thanks anyway.

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        • Tess says:

          They will check your passport, or some kind of ID (sometimes they’re ok with just my driver’s license, if it looks like it’s going to be hard for me to dig out my passport), but they do not go through it and check your stamps and calculate how long you’ve been in the country. I’ve never had any hotel or hostel look past the first page of my pasport. The only time besides at immigration where they might check is when you’re on an overnight train—once from Milan to Paris they took my passport at night and returned it in the morning, and I imagine they checked the stamps, but not sure.

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  2. Only after I booked and loosely planned out my 4 months in Europe did I discover the Schengen agreement! Thank goodness I caught it in time though, because I’ve already found a house-sitting gig in the UK that will address my required month-long absence so I can stay under the 90 day rule.

    But interestingly, it was like pulling teeth to find out more about the Schengen zone rules once I discovered they existed. I’m usually pretty good about researching these things, but this one was not well-known. No wonder people overstay all the time!

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    • Anil P. says:

      Even on individual visas (like the Irish one for example) it says you’ve got 90 days in the country, but makes no mention of the Schengen. Also, the don’t seem to scrutinize the visas too much depending on the passport you’re carrying.

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  3. Julia says:

    Anil
    I need to know what would happen if I crossed into USA from Canada with my Visa pending at the American Consulate in Montreal.Its going to be about 3 months before my interview can be set. Will this affect my Visa ?I own a home in the states and need to be there for financial reasons.
    I hope you can help me out
    Julia

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    • Anil P. says:

      You’re applying for permanent residency? It should say on the paperwork whether or not you can enter the US prior; though I’m guessing not.

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      • Julia says:

        Yes , for the K1 Visa I believe..where on the paper work would that be found ? Our lawyer has all the info.
        One lawyer has said its ok to cross,and our lawyer is saying no, not to try cause it will affect my case if I get red flagged. The other lawyer said that as long as I had proof of reason to come back to Cnanda , then it should not be a problem.
        Im scared to try, but I really cant handle waiting anymore . It has been almost a year now.

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        • Anil P. says:

          You lawyer should be able to tell you absolutely whether or not you can leave the country in your present situation. That’s why you pay them that much money; sounds a bit like you’re looking for the answer you want to hear. Get the definite regulations and rules – from there it’s all your decision. Good luck.

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  4. Steph says:

    Hello i’m wondering what immigration will ask me when i arrive for my 2 week holiday in the uk. i’m from the usa.

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  5. Ace says:

    I will be visiting a friend in the uk as a first time flyer. from the usa. my visit will be 2 weeks. they? are allowing me to stay with them for free for the two weeks that i’m there. and will provide me with food. and i will have 100 pounds in cash 1000 usd on my debit card and a round trip ticket back. do u see any problems with this? because i’ve heard some people have been sent back for no reason at all. any help would be much appreciated. i’m just very nervous about all this its FEW WEEKS away. thanks again. btw i will have a resent bank statement proving i have 1000$$ stamped by my bank. thank u again!

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    • Anil P. says:

      2 weeks on a tourist visa you won’t almost definitely won’t face any problems upon entry. As a US citizen they’re very unlikely to ask you for bank statements or anything other than the standard, ‘where are you staying’ ‘why are you here’ type questions.

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  6. Katarina says:

    Ciao — I’m a US citizen and been in Italy since Jan 1 15. I’ve read a lot on the subject of Schengen and non-Schengen zones, rules, etc. I understand I have 90 days. Is it or is it not true that if I leave Italy soon (my departure from Rome is suppose to be March 31 but I can change it)before my 90 days is up and spend 4-5 days in Croatia that when I return it is looked upon differently because I was in a non-Schengen territory? Meaning, they digitally stamp my passport and I get another 90 days in Italy? This is maddening because I’ve heard so many different stories from actual travelers who have done it and the result is contradicting evidence. I want to stay longer, as I really don’t have to be back until the 2nd week of June. Will you please tell me if my plan is LEGAL or ILLEGAL. I have researched the visas. I’m self-employed and would like to get a visa for that or an extended visitor visa. Is it too late to do that if I am suppose to scram March 31st? Sorry, a lot of info.

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  7. amit says:

    thanks that gives me a lot of comfort !! will update the forum soon .

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    • Anil P. says:

      Cool, good luck!

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      • amit says:

        Hi Anil ,

        Thanks again !!

        I got out without any isssues rather the guy didn’t even once look @ me after taking my passport !!

        I am not sure if if put it via any reader or not but he did stamp it ” Out date ”

        I have another question for you ” Will it be issue to apply again for a new Visa to be back , I also have to soon apply for a work permit in Madrid ” .

        Will my error cost me ?

        Really look forward to your reply

        – Amit

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  8. David says:

    Hello.. I stayed in Hawaii last year for nine months. I can back to can last June and have been here working here ever since. I want to go on a trip to Maine with my girlfriend in a couple weeks. When I returned to Canada through vancouver my passport was not stamped. I’m I going to have trouble re entering the u.s?

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  9. Sarah says:

    Hi,
    I want to goto UK with my us passport, i am holding a visa, but my daughter who is 3 months old she have to go to uk with tourist visa in US passport. On our vacation, my daughter might overstay another 2 months in UK before we leave the UK.

    will it be any problem? do we allowed to enter again to the UK later in her life? what happens if her visa overstays?

    because my husband works there, so we planned to leave the country in 8 months, but she will get only 6 months in tourist visa. so please help. Thanks

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    • Anil P. says:

      Why not see if you can get her a visa before entering?

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      • Sarah says:

        Yeh, But it’s costs alot. almost $1000 to get the visa.

        Want to ask you. do I can do like this.
        If I take her to UK with her US pp and after 4 months or so, if I go somewhere outside the UK and return back to UK to stay another 3 months or so.

        Will it be possible?
        WIll they give us to stay another 6 months when I return back as 2nd time?
        Please let me a solution….

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  10. Yogesh says:

    Hello, My friend is staying in USA since 5 year with his brother and she goes on tourist Visa for 6 months which is expired and his brother file the case of it. now she is working ?? my question is. Is it possible to stay on tourist visa ??

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    • Anil P. says:

      It’s possible, but illegal to work on the tourist visa and overstay.

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      • JOE says:

        Hi Anil,

        I know someone who is staying in the US for nearly two decades. He initially went as a tourist; continued staying after the visa was over and only recently managed to get the temporary work permit under the deferred action rule that was made.

        He wants to move to India to get married to a girl who has been in the US multiple times in and out for studying as well as a tourist. She never over stayed as well. If this guy wants to move to India now; what are the chances he can go back on a tourist visa may be for a holiday in the future?

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  11. raja says:

    i have marred a girl from bangaldesh one who came in tourist visa for one mounth and after i married she did not went back now its more then 1 year what will happen

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  12. Tua-Lisa Runsten says:

    Hi!
    My American boyfriend is coming and living with me in Barcelona for 3 months on a tourist visa, but wants to stay maybe an extra month in Europe, could we take a week to Marocco and re enter and he would then get another 3 months or how does it work if you know?
    Thanks tua

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  13. brett says:

    Hello!
    I hope you can help. My passport says I came into zurich on 20/04/2011. I am still in europe. I did go to romania for a week, and now I am in ITaly. I’m a US citizen. I wish to stay in europe for another 90 days or so, but obviously I’m over the first 90 days. I’m thinking of applying for a german student visa and actually do want to go to Berlin next week. I’m willing to do anything though to keep staying here in europe for at least another 90 days. any recommendations on what type of application and/or what is the easiest country to accomplish this in?

    Thanks for your help!!

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    • Anil P. says:

      It really depends on your particular situation. Best bet is to simply get an extended travel visa, though it will be a bit more difficult if you’re already overstayed.

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  14. Theron says:

    I will have overstayed it by about a week after next week. There is nothing I can do about it now because I must remain through next weekend. I only want to know which country is best to fly out of for less chance of penalty? I had a German residence that expired last year, but now I live in Turkey? I read that Italy and France are countries that may not penalize me. But if I DO manage to get out without a fine, should I ALWAYS fly back into the EU through those countries? I am in Hamburg now, go to Berlin this weekend, and then from there I don’t know whether to take a car to Paris and fly out, OR fly out from a city in Italy.

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    • Anil P. says:

      Where are you from?

      Chances are going to another country to avoid a fine will be the equivalent of the fine in travel costs; and you don’t guarantee not being fined or potentially facing a ban. Leave as you had planned (hopefully as soon as possible) and if you’re asked about it at passport control be honest and say you screwed up. A direct answer might get you around a fine depending on the officer you happen to get.

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      • Theron says:

        Hi,

        Thanks for answering. I am American and have (or had) lived in Germany for 7 years until last year. My residence permit is now expired, and to put it bluntly, I am black and Germans are not the most accommodating to people that look like me. I have had bad experiences with officials there before and I am leaning towards flying out of Warsaw or Italy because of that.

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        • Anil P. says:

          I understand where you’re coming from; just do a cost comparison (what the potential total fine is vs the costs of traveling to another departure point). It’s often the luck of the officer you get and how hard of a time they give they person in front of you. (Usually they speed up when someone right before you takes a longer time – good for you upon exit.)

          I hope though you’ll keep in touch and let me know what you decide and how it goes.

          Best of luck,
          -Anil

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          • Theron says:

            Hola,

            I am leaning towards flying out of Warsaw as of now. If I maange to get out unscathed and I want to return to EU (after a few months, of course), should I always fly into a country other than Germany or Switzerland? And if there is a fine, how much IS it? And how long would I have to pay it off? I am scared I will get a 3 year band and that would be detrimental to me!

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          • Anil P. says:

            It will help as passport control tends to look at stamps from their home country – but it’s just a tendency. Technically in the Schengen Zone it doesn’t matter; to find out the specific penalties for each country on their embassy websites. The information is usually buried in there.

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  15. islandmomma says:

    Do you know anything about overstaying on other kinds of visa? Student visas for example?

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  16. charlene says:

    Hi,

    I have a British passport and am currently in South Africa, i had a Common law Wife visa it expired in Feb, i went to swaziland and came back into South africa, i thought as i have a british passport i am allowed to stay for up to 90 days but the stamp says only 30 days. Is this correct?

    What will happen if i over stay my touist visa and only go back in Mya instead of April?

    Thanks

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  17. LeiM says:

    hi,im here in australia,got a multiple entry visa for 1 year…i didnt aware that i must leave every 3 months,i got my return flight on june but my 3 months stayed will due this coming 23rd of march.

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  18. blur&lost says:

    Dear Anil and hello everyone,

    I have a situation where I have been served a IS151A form when I was leaving the UK. I am a Malaysian nationality and I came to the UK on the 3/10/2011 from Rep of Ireland (my visa was a student visa and it expired on the same day itself) for visit. When I came in to the UK I haven’t gone through the Immigration and get my passport stamp as a visitor. So I thought that was ok and as far as everyone said you can stay in the UK for not more than 6 months. So as I heard about that, I decided to tour the country and visit my friends here. I bought a flight ticket back to Malaysia on 23/03/2012. Then when I was about to leave the country the Immigration officer said to me that I was overstayed for 2 months and I was shocked and asked the officer wasn’t it I am allowed to be here for 6 months? The officer replied, ‘no if you come from Rep of Ireland, you are allowed to be here for only 3 months’ . I was shocked and I said ‘I am so sorry and that was my honest mistake and I didn’t mean to overstayed’. Then the officer served me with a IS151A form/letter and the officer said I might have a problem when I am about to enter the UK again next time.

    My questions are;

    a) From my situation above, can you please explain to me will I be having a problem to enter the UK again in April/May 2012 for 2/3 months visit as a visitor as I am planning to look for a University or College to pursue my studies? If yes I am going to face a problem, what is the least and worst case scenario the UK Border could do to me?

    b) Will I be having a problem to a apply a student visa for August/Sept 2012 intake from home once I have found the University/College?

    c) If I can’t enter the UK as a visitor and as a student, is there any chance for me to appeal?

    Regards,
    Blur&Lost

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    • Anil P. says:

      I really can’t say, the only way to find out if you’ll be denied the student visa is to apply and see what happens. Good luck.

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  19. Prashant says:

    Gentleman,

    I am from India and presently in Egypt. My 3 months tourist visa is going to expire soon. Can I stay 5 days more after my Tourist visa expire to visit some more touristic places. If YES what formalities I need to do for hassle free travel back to india.

    Regards,
    Prashant

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  20. TANYA says:

    anil – how do i unsubscribe please brother?

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  21. layla khyam says:

    My sister overstayed in the USA, she’s from Egypt. I am trying to apply for a visa and they are asking if I have any relatives in the USA, I am not sure if U should write her name, I am afraid of getting rejected on this base. What if I didn’t write her name will they find out the connection

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    • Anil P. says:

      Best advice I can give: call a good immigration lawyer. They’ll be able to answer your specific questions in detail. And accurately in what can be a complicated process.

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  22. claudia says:

    hi Anil. i am italian, i came in the us as a turist three years ago and i overstaid, for two years and a half. i have business activity in europe and i wanna open something here too, is there anythin beside getting married i could do to have a visa and get out of my alien situation?

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  23. TANYA says:

    should i call the UK or the USA embassy?

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  24. Rasheed J says:

    Hi,i’m a 17 years old that came to the US when i was 13 and a half , i was sent to the US because my mother told me i was only coming to this country to visit some family , thing is two weeks later past and when and i told my mother i was ready to go back home. She told me that i wasn’t going anywhere that i was going to stay in America and finish my education.

    To go to the point i been in this country for almost 4 years my visa expired about 1 year and a half ago , there where times when i told my parents that i wanted to go back home because i wanted to come here in the future, right now i can’t get a job and i’m officially a high dropout (you know because i don’t have papers and i’m illegal) my parents are thinking in sending me back home but i’m afraid that if i leave , i won’t be able to come here for at least 10 years or even forever.
    My question is if i leave would i be able to be aloud back in the country? or maybe would i be able to come back here with a Student Visa? i really loved this country and if i go back home and everything works out for me i wanna be back maybe in the future but can’t it be like and exception for me because i was taken against my own will? you know i was a kid that have to be where their parents go even though i refuse? Thanks you for your time

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    • Anil P. says:

      Hi Rasheed, I’d really like to help but in your situation, you should really talk to an immigration lawyer. They’d be able to give you the best advice. I hope things work out for you, sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

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  25. san diego says:

    hi there,

    i over stayed in south africa for a period of three months. when i left they charged me 300 dollars if i wanted to return to the country. i was on my way to the uk to spend some time with my family and the uk customs officer noticed the over stay and refused me entry. he then put a cross sort of a symbol on my visa and later deported me the next day. now what does this mean? am i banned from the uk or do i have to apply for a visa before entry? im currently in nairobi kenya and they almost refused me entry because of what this uk officer did to my passport. please somebody let me know anything! my email is [ED: removed email address]

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  26. san diego says:

    btw im a USA passport holder…thanks

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  27. uday m jani says:

    my one friend was at london on student visa she overstayed for 3 months at london now she is at india now she want to apply visitor visa for uk its any chance to get visa ???
    reply

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  28. Glen says:

    Hey Anil. I wrote to you 3 months ago about my Leap Year woes, not being alerted to the extra day in February and how consequently I would be overstaying. Since I plan to immigrate pretty soon, I decided not to risk it and did my best to get my ticket changed. After 3 weeks of stress and £112 more, I managed to have my ticket changed to minus one day.

    I said I’d get back to you after my trip, but sadly I don’t have any real information since I didn’t risk the overstay. I have too much to lose, wanting to live in the states with my wife-to-be, to risk having the embassy scrutinize me for overstaying one measly day. Better safe than sorry, right?

    Thanks for your advice the first time I posted.

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    • Anil P. says:

      I completely agree, why take the risk if you don’t have to? I’m glad to hear everything worked out and really appreciate you following up with me. Thank you again and I think your story may be useful to others who are asking the same questions!

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  29. ricki alvarez says:

    Hola soy Guatemalteco, en el 2005 viaje junto con mi abuela a Miami pero ella a los 4 meses de estar alla se sintio mal de salud y tramitamos una extensión de visa por otros seis meses, yo regrese a mi país una semana antes que venciera el permiso y ella regreso mucho antes. Luego en el 2007 fui a tramitar mi visa y me la negaron aun llevando todos los documentos. Hoy estoy casado (mi esposa tiene visa), tengo un hijo, trabajo, etc. Nose si habré cometido algun delito por mi estadia larga alla y que probabilidades tengo que me den la visa de nuevo…gracias

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    • Anil P. says:

      I wish I could be of more help but it seems your situation is well beyond basic travel visas. Talk to a professional for your situation; best of luck.

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  30. joe mikky says:

    what are the penalties for the student that register his Name and passport to college in Malaysia going to 2 years now the approval haven’t come out and the person is trying to go back to his country ?”

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  31. Nikki B says:

    ….In 2005 I had my daughter in the USA I had over stayed 3mths due to difficulties with my pregnancy in 2008 I went back to the USA I gained entry but when I went to take a trip for xmas in 2010 I was denied entry..I wasn’t told how long before I could travel back again is the reason for that I can’t? And if not how can I go about getting back there my daughter doesn’t know her fathers family and I wouldn’t want her to miss out on meeting them….any advise would be truly great full.
    Thank you

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  32. Bryan Haines says:

    Great piece. Here in Ecuador, many tourists overstay their welcome, er … visa. As I understand it, they simply can’t return for a year (from their original date of entry) – which is, ironically, the same as if they obeyed their visa dates. This is the case for Canadian/American visitors anyway. I’ve heard that there might be a fee on departure if you overstayed – but no storm troopers…

    Bryan

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    • Anil P. says:

      Thank you Brian and definitely ironic – or perhaps encouraging by the Ecuadorian government – as Americans and Canadians overstaying probably helps the economy more than anything else :)

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  33. ali says:

    i am living in sao paulo in Brazil overstay.i don’t have any information to get work visa.

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  34. Tina says:

    Anil,

    My husband of 2 years plus is Canadian, and I am a US citizen, he overstayed in the states for 2 years and when we went through the border here in Canada (We came to live in his country) he had no issues leaving the United States and no fines no questions asked. However, after being her several months he has been unable to find a job, and we want to go back to the States. His parents say that the Border where we are is very lax and that because he was never issues an I-94 card he will not have to worry about returning to states because they doubt that the US even knew he was there. Do you think this is true? Could he come back home with me? I have not overstayed in Canada, but I wasn’t sure if he would be banned. When we came through the border all they did was look at our passports, my drivers liscense and let us in. Is it possible he could re-enter the states and be allowed back in?
    Thank you!

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    • Anil P. says:

      Technically he may have problems and not be permitted in. Passports and IDs were likely scanned on arrival, so there is a record of the overstay. As you’re married you can start a more permanent visa process if you’ll be staying in the US; probably the best course in your situation because the more your husband overstays, the bigger problems he may have down the line. Hope this helps!

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  35. Ben N. says:

    I am an Australian who has overstayed for almost 2 years. I have stayed here with an American girl who has been legally studying at University. I wish to travel to the US with her prior to returning to Australia. Will I have a problem entering the US since I have an overstay in the Schengen area? I realize that I may have a fine or ban here – but how does that affect a 30 day visit to the US?

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    • Anil P. says:

      It never looks good to have an overstay in your passport but it’s unlikely a Schengen overstay will cause you problems entering the US as an Australian citizen.

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  36. Roxanne says:

    Hi,

    I am a U.S citizen and back in 2010 I went to Spain to live and work as an au pair for a family for about 5 months, without any type of formal visa. So i obviously stayed over the 3 month visa you get for the entire area of Europe, but only by two months. My passport was stamped in Germany in late January, because that was where my first flight arrived, and then I left out of Spain straight to the U.S where it was stamped in June. I had no problems, but I´m afraid I will encounter some if I ever try to go back to Europe (any country in the European Union).

    What is the likelihood of getting in trouble if I go back and what might be the consequences?

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    • Anil P. says:

      You should check the embassy website of the next Schengen country you’ll be visiting prior to planning a trip there. The statute of limitations on overstays can vary. As for something happening, it depends on where you go but for US citizens generally problems are unlikely. The worst that can happen is being denied entry, then a fine, but again I don’t think either are likely to happen in your case.

      But, it can happen, so no guarantees based on my word.

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  37. Rachel says:

    i’ve recently been in Egypt and overstayed my visa, all i had to do was pay a fine at passport control and there was no problem, it was quick and easy but i want to return to Egypt in a few weeks and want to know how easy it will be for me to get back in after this?

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    • Anil P. says:

      Which country are you from? Call or email your embassy in Egypt with the specifics of your situation and they should be able to let you know with certainty. Good luck.

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    • Leizel says:

      hi, just curious, were you able to get another visa, considering the fact that you overstayed on a previous visit?

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  38. raffaella says:

    Hello i need some help or advice..

    I was born in italy, my parents bought me to the united states when i was 9 years old.. i was on tourist visa and we overstayed in america for like 9 years.. now Im almost 19, i graduated high school and about to go to college. But i would like to get a working visa or a visa that will let me stay here… is there anyways you could help me fix my situation? thank you!!

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    • Anil P. says:

      I believe there are some recent law changes that might be in your favor – the best thing to do is talk to an immigration lawyer to get all of your options.

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  39. Alexis says:

    Hi, I’m really hoping you can shed some light on this situation. I’m afraid to ask the consulate for fear they won’t approve my visa. My husband and I are doing the teaching program in Spain where you stay on a student visa but we’ve been placed so far away, it will cost us hundreds of euros a month to commute (not to mention time) and we aren’t sure if it’s ultimately doable or worth it since the pay is low to begin with. If one of us drops our job, will we lose the right to stay or do we get the full time stated on the visa? Since we are married, could we switch visa types or do you have to do that in your home country. We are american. Thanks!!

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  40. Laura says:

    Hi, I really enjoy your blog and have read quite a bit but still have a couple questions I hope haven’t already been answered in previous posts.

    I’m from the US and overstayed a Schengen visa by about 21 months. I left through Amsterdam (in December, 2009) and they did pull me aside and ask me if I was working in Europe, why I overstayed (of course I didn’t know that you couldn’t just travel around Europe for 2 years) and I just told them I didn’t work and it was an extended vacation. I wasn’t fined but they said they would have to file a report with the German authorities since that is the country I spent the most time in and I did see them filling out this paperwork. They never put a “bad” stamp in my passport and the officer told me that if I wanted to travel to Europe in the future to call and check that I had the right to enter since the German authorities would have the ability to ban me for up to 5 years. So, I want to travel to Spain (first), Germany and the UK in August for one month and have been trying to find out if I can enter since this happened only 2 1/2 years ago and I “might” be banned for up to 5.

    I have emailed the San Francisco office of the Spanish consulate and they said they don’t have access to the database. I also called the Spanish Embassy in DC who told me to call their Consulate who didn’t have a clear answer for me. I emailed the German embassy and even tried emailing Schipol airport (where the incident happened) and Madrid airport (where I would fly into). No reply to my inquiry or even a phone number for the immigration office there. My boyfriend (who is a UK citizen) even went to the Immigration Office in Glasgow and asked them. Speaking for the UK – They said typically they don’t turn away American tourists but it is up to the agent. They also said that they can’t stop someone from visiting a fiance and that if an agent starts questioning me about my previous overstay that I should tell them that.

    So, I guess I am looking for answers to a few questions.
    1. If there is no “bad” stamp in my passport might there still be a ban on my passport once I enter a Schengen area?
    2. Who can I contact to get the “all clear” that Germany hasn’t decided to ban me?
    3. Is there any “fiance” clause?

    Sorry this is a bit long but thank you so much for taking the time to read and reply to it! Your blog has been a really big help to me!

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    • Anil P. says:

      1. Yes
      2. German embassy in the US
      3. I’m not sure but believe there isn’t

      I hope that helps – call the embassy. They are a pain to get in touch with often but you’ll be able to find out with certainty that way. You can also try (snail) mailing them and if you don’t get a response within 10 days – or in the mean time – try calling the US embassy in Germany who might be willing to help you out.

      Good luck!

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      • Laura says:

        Thanks Anil! I will try contacting the German embassy in the US again. I have before but they don’t seem to answer phones there. :) Persistance seems to be the key. One final question…if I find out that I am banned from the Schengen area would I also be banned from entering the UK?

        Thanks again and happy travels!

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        • Anil P. says:

          Embassies have a way of being difficult to get in touch with 😉 good luck. As for the UK, it’s not part of the Schengen Area so a ban wouldn’t cover it.

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    • Laura says:

      Just wanted to give anyone interested an update. I emailed the Spanish embassy in DC and got a reply from José A. Mellado (EDITED) right away. After he looked at a copy of my passport and ran it through the system he said there should be no problem for me to travel to Spain. Such a relief as I was told I could possibly be banned from Schengen for up to 5 years and it has only been 2 1/2! Thanks again for your help!

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  41. Marcy IB says:

    Hello, I just have a question I recently came back to the U.S from a 90 tourist visa in the Schengen area, my question is this. When I was first pulled aside by the customs agents and asked general question about my stay and to make this short I needed a sponsor to stay in the area for those 90 days but I was merely told that I could not return to the Schengen area for a year; I wasn’t given any paper work nor a mark in my passport. However I did have to register with the immigration police and the day of my departure I was asked by customs if the immigration police had given me a white paper for them to stamp when I said no they just gave me a weird look but stamped my passport anyway. and I had merely overstayed for ONE day.

    Any advice will be very helpful & greatly appreciated, Thank you

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    • Anil P. says:

      There really isn’t much more advice to give other than don’t try reentry for a year. If you absolutely must visit a country in the Schengen Area, contact the embassy for the specific country you will be visiting to see if you can get a visa and ensure entry despite your current status.

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  42. Suzanne W says:

    Well Great News !!! I didn’t get arrested or fined for overstaying two days, as I went through the UK border patrol. Yaye ! Yes, I’m American and proud of it ! and Thanks to the Lord it all went smoothly. The lady at the border just asked questions as to my business in Italy. I truthfully told her I was there to take care of my daughter-in-law until she delivered my grandchild. She told me Congratulations and passed me through, of course after asking did I bring any fruit or other stuff I can’t remember. I am just so happy to be in the USA. thanks for your encouraging words Anil P :)

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  43. ibrahim says:

    Merhaba,

    Hollanda da master yapmak gibi bir gaflette bulundum. 10 ay kadar önce eşim için müracaat ettiğim vize süreci, oturma izninin verildiğine dair bir yazı gönderilmesine henüz tamamlanmadı.Yazıda oturum kartını 3-6 hafta içinde hazırlayıp teslim edeceklerini belirtmişler.Bu arada eşim MVV tabir edilen vize ile 6 ay içerisinde 3 aylık süreye bağlı olarak hollandaya giriş yaptı ve bugün itibariyle söz konusu 3 aylık süre doldu.Biz bu ayın 29’unda hollandadan türkiyeye uçucağız ve bu aradaki sürede ise fransa ve almanyaya kara yoluyla geçmeyi düşünüyoruz. Eşim muhtemelen oturum kartını hiç alamayacak ama hollandadan çıkmak açıkçası bizim açımızdan sorun değil.Ancak karayolu ile giderken yapılacak polis kontrollerinde veya otel kontrollerinde eşimin deport edilmesinden çekiniyorum.Dönüş biletimiz ve hollanda göçmen bürosunun yazıları yanımızda olacak.Göçmen bürosu hollanda da sıkıntı olmayacağını ama diğer ülkelere ilişkin garanti veremeyeceklerini söylüyor.
    Sizce karayolu geçişlerinde sıkıntı yaşama olasılığımız nedir? yardımcı olabilirseniz sevinirim.

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    • Anil P. says:

      Selam, büyük ihtimalle pasaport kontrolu olmayacak ama kesin değil. Otelde gene kontrol olur ama deport olamnız çok küçük bir ihtimal. Bir sorun çıkarsa çıkış biletinizi gösterin ve sanırım sıkıntınız olmaz. Umarım yardımcı olabildim, başka sorunuz olursa yazmaktan çekinmeyin.

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  44. Joe says:

    hi
    my name is Joe. I visited the US last Aug 17 2011. i stayed there for 90 days. On my passport it said that i was admitted until the 15th of November 2011. I was supposed to leave on the 14th but i missed my flight. So i left the following day back to the Netherlands
    I am going back to the US in a few weeks…
    i was wondering if this will be a problem for me when i enter the US again..

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    • Anil P. says:

      Hi Joe, technically it could be a problem but it’s very unlikely it actually will be one. Good luck!

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      • Joe says:

        hey anil,

        alright, but do you think i should take any special actions like to get a visa before leaving?

        or do you think the boarder patrol officer will give me a hard time?

        thanks

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        • Anil P. says:

          Getting a visa prior is an option but in all likelihood, not a necessary one. Though I don’t want to discourage you if it will alleviate your anxiety; but if I were in your case I probably wouldn’t go through the trouble.

          How tough border patrol is depends very much on the person you get. But a 1 day overstay due to a missed flight isn’t likely to raise eyebrows.

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          • Joe says:

            hi anil,

            well i already purchased the ESTA and it went through.. does esta also keep a record if ur approved or not to obtain an ESTA?

            because i read in one of your previous comments that ESTA approves or denies entry to the US..

            glad to hear from you.

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            • Anil P. says:

              I’m not sure but I would imagine there certainly is a record. From what I understand of the ETSA, it doesn’t guarantee entry but a denial would mean a visa is required beforehand.

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              • Joe says:

                hi anil,

                thanks for the info. i also checked out some other sites about overstaying your visa. on that site i saw that to forecome overstaying your visa, you should leave ON or before the expiration date so that sounds good already because i left ON the expiration date.

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  45. Tim says:

    Hi Anil,
    Thanks for the info/responses, very helpful. First of all I am an Australian citizen and I have been living in Sweden (interspersed with trips into other Schengen countries) since October 2011. Prior to my initial 90 days expiring I applied for and received a 3 month Visitor Permit from the Swedish Immigration Office. Now this expired recently and I am unsure what to do, as now I have been here over 180 days (the permit expired after the 180 day period). I have to stay an extra month as I am trying to sort out a working visa in another non EU country. My queries are as follows:

    1. Does a new 180 day period automatically ‘kick in’ and I can stay for another 90 days on the Schengen visa or do I need to leave the Schengen area for this to re-apply? I did take a visit to the UK and returned on day 162 of 180 (not sure if that really changes anything.

    2. Assuming option 1, is invalid. Would I have to leave the Schengen region for my new 180 day period to apply? And is it at the discretion of this ‘visa’ at the discretion of the border officers at the airport?

    I think that is everything. Thanks for your help in advance.

    Regards
    Tim :)

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    • Anil P. says:

      Hi Tim, you generally should be able to find out the question to #1 on your visa documentation. I would call your (Australian) embassy in Sweden or if possible stop by to ask. I’m not sure about the longer stay visas and don’t want to tell you something inaccurate. Typically after a visa expires you have to leave a country before reentry, even if you haven’t used the full allotted travel visa allowed for your citizenship. Your embassy can tell you for sure.

      Good luck!

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  46. jasmine says:

    hi,i’m a student visa and i overstay here in uk for more than 2 years,i’m planning to go home to my country and apply to other country,is that possible?do i have to change name? thanks

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    • Anil P. says:

      There are so few details in your comment I don’t know how to respond. Either way, it’s well beyond travel visas and am afraid I can’t be much help.

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  47. Coco says:

    Hello Anil,

    Love your site. You have a lot of great information. And now here’s my problem: I am an American who flew into Zurich to live with my boyfriend and find work. I haven’t found work as of today and we are considering marriage. I never left the country after my 90days in hopes of getting a job soon. I plan to leave soon because I understand my overstay could effect our marriage and future in this country. I understand flying out of Zurich back to the US is a NO along with Netherlands, Germany, Greece and the UK. I found a flight from Poland to Chicago that would be easier (and cheaper) for me to fly back. Do you know if Poland has a lax border control? Or should I try to fly out of CDG. My flight itinerary would be Zurich to Poland then Poland to Chicago. Do you think this might work for me not to be detected by border control?

    Thanks in advance!
    Coco

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    • Anil P. says:

      Hi Coco, have you spoken with an immigration lawyer? I would do that before leaving the country to find out your best course of action.

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      • Coco says:

        Why do you advise that? I just curious…

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        • Anil P. says:

          For several reasons but the main two being – 1. you may not have to leave the country and 2. they will know exactly what the best course of action to take in your specific situation is.

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  48. susan says:

    I mistakenly bought a plane ticket to Italy over 90 days, 2 days over. I am very concerned as to what is going to happen when I get to the aiprort ????????????? am I going to fined, jailed or what ???????

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  49. susan says:

    I am an American citizen, visiting my son aho is in the US Army in Vicenza, Italy. I mistakenly bought a plane ticket to Italy over 90 days, 2 days over. I am very concerned as to what is going to happen when I get to the aiprort ????????????? am I going to fined, jailed or what ???????

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    • Anil P. says:

      On the way out there is a small chance you’ll face a fine; don’t worry, jail time isn’t a possibility! If you’re asked on the way out about it simply tell the truth and your story, otherwise be thankful you weren’t asked and have a good flight home!

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  50. Begonya says:

    Merhaba ben Master yapmak için gidiyorum Londra’ya annemde turist olarak gelecek. 5 senelikti vizesi ve suanda 3 sene kaldı. Kuzenlerim var onları ziyarete gelip gidiyordu. Bu sene 10ay gibi bir süre kalmayı düşünüyor benimle birlikte kuzenlerimizde ziyaret edecek.pasaport kontrol de ne dememiz gerekiyor 10 ay mı yoksa az mı?az dersek ve uzun kalırsa sorun olur mü?ne yapmamız gerekiyor?ilginiz için tesekkurler

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    • Anil P. says:

      Selam, ben sizin yeriniz’de olsam daha kısa bi süre söylerim sorarlarsa pasaport kontrolda. İngiltere’ye giriş yaptıktan sonra ordan vizeyi belki uzatabilirsiniz ve onu tavsiye ederim. Umarım sorun çıkmaz size.

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      • Begonya says:

        Merhaba, zaten vizesi 3 yıl kaldı ve sadece 10 ay kalıcak. oyuzden dediğiniz gibi kısa süre soyleyebilirim vize uzatmamıza gerek kalmıcak. Teşekkürler

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  51. Begonya says:

    Hi,

    I am Turkish and my mother is Turkish too. I am going to do my master to London from Turkey. My mother has UK tourist Visa which is remaing 3 years and she will travel and live with me like 10 months. Should we tell officer on passport that she will visit 10 months or if we say less than can she stay longer? She is not only going to stay with me. I have english cousin there. She will visit her too. Waiting your answer. Thanks

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    • Anil P. says:

      How long is very visa term? It’s not a 3-year travel visa it sounds like but it is good for up to 3 years? Let me know and I can perhaps give you some better advice.

      Türkçe’de devam etmek isterseniz lütfen çekinmeyin.

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  52. what happens to a british person who has gone to america to get away from everything and everyone and has stayed to long ( 4 years ) and is now scared to come home . ? will they go to prison ?

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    • Anil P. says:

      Prison, extremely unlikely. Fine on the way out? Possible.

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      • Stewart says:

        Hi, I’d like to ask how on earth Jenny managed to stay in the USA for 4 years & not be deported. I have been trying for 9 months to do exactly what she did. I want out of the UK, I want to start a new life away from everything here. I was injured in an accident & am registered disabled & havn’t been able to find work here. As such, I don’t have the £350 or the £1000 min savings required to obtain a 6 month visa.
        So, since I have friends there , willing to house me & find work, I intended on just buying a ticket, arriving in the US & not coming back!I am 50 years old! But, my US friends warned that I could be deported as an illegal for overstaying the 3 month auto visa (THough if I were Mexican or Korean they wouldn’t!!) Did Jenny change her name? How did she work & not get deported??????

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  53. Saul R says:

    Hello,

    I am a native US citizen and traveled to El Salvador with a tourist visa. I’ve over stayed for about 3 years now, things have kind of went well here I’ve opened up a business and am now engaged. What can I expect when I re enter the US?

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    • Anil P. says:

      Nothing, you’re a US citizen, they don’t care about your overstay somewhere else. Now leaving El Salvador, that’s another story. I’m not sure what fines or penalties may be involved…

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  54. lou86x says:

    Hi Anil, my situation is i am an Australian citizen currently living in Spain on a 90 Tourist visa. I have recently found work here, and intend to stay in Spain until i go home to surprise my family for two weeks in October. I am aware that what i am doing is wrong, however i am wanting to if i will be able to return to Spain once my holiday in Australia is over. To complicate things more, i still have a valid two year working Visa for the Uk which does not expire until December.. will that make a difference at all?
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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    • Anil P. says:

      Have you looked into getting a 1 year residence visa? Or perhaps your employer can do the process for you – or at least be of some help in the process.

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  55. namir says:

    I have a friend she is a US citizen and she overstayed her tourist visa for about a year. She traveled the Europe and went back to US from Switzerland a couple of days a ago. On the airport she was pulled a side and asked why she overstayed of course she knows nothing about the laws in Europe and EU. So the officales on the airport told her what she actually did and of course she got scared and start crying, now she didn’t get fined and she was not banned she kind of got of with a warning i guess. But the thing is that in that year of travelling the Europe she actully left the Schengen borders so she technically left the Schengen but she was never stammped because those people sometimes stamp you sometimes not and she never asked for a stamp because like I said she didn’t know that is a importent thing she just thought she can’t stay in one country more then 90 days and now there is no proof that she actually never overstayed. She wants to come back in switzerland in a couple of weeks but because of the laws in Europe she was told she has to stay outside of Schengen for more then 3 months. Is there any way she could go back in couple of weeks without any problems or is that only possible after this 3 month period? is her name in some kind of border computer now? was her passport maybe in some way scanned and put on some warning intruder list?

    MANY THANKS

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    • Anil P. says:

      If she was told she can return after 3 months, I would go with that. If there were a ban or anything similar, she’d be given some documentation and her passport marked.

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  56. june says:

    i apply as tourist visa for 90 days to visit a friend schengen visa but accidentally i find a job there. posible for me to stay? i mean how to become legal in that place for example in germany? they will hire me as direc hire.

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  57. Teresa says:

    Hello all,

    I am a Canadian citizen and am in South Africa on a visa for charitable activities. I asked the South African consulate in Toronto if there was an issue if I left a few days after my visa expired and they said there is a generally a leeway of a few days for something to leave the country. I have contacted them again to get this in writing as my South African colleagues said this might be an issue.

    They now refuse to acknowledge that anyone in the office told me this and said I must go to Home Affairs to get a confirmation. My visa expires on Jan. 15 and I leave on Jan. 16… ONE day! Is this going to be an issue? I’ve had some terrible luck with authorities here and the last thing I want to happen is to be pressured into a bribe at the airport.

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  58. Jenalyn says:

    hi..good evening.im from Philippines but now im here in paris but i’ve just want to go home now in the Philippines but my visa is expired for almost 6 months but my passport until 2015 and i dont have papers.What will i do to go home now because someone said to me that when i go to the immigration there will be so many question about my visa because i went to vienna coming here in paris by train.and someone said to me that pulis will take me and then my lagage,my shoulder bag and my few money they will take it and i dont have nothing to bring to go back home..pppppplllllsssss…….help me pls……im afraid so much….

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  59. N.Davies says:

    I cannot find the visa price for my 18 yr old daughter to volunteer in the USA for over 90 days (approx 122 days). Does anyone know the cost and which category it is ??
    many thanks

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  60. Jennifer says:

    I am traveling in the UK from the US visiting and have been stamped for 6 months in my passport. Am I able to leave the UK to travel to other countries and come back to the UK or will I be denied entrance back to the UK once I leave?

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    • Anil P. says:

      It depends on the specific visa tier you’re in but generally yes. Here are some links where you can find the answer or appropriate contact:

      http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1052.html#entry_requirements

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      • Jennifer says:

        I’m technically not on a visa. I’m just stamped as a general visitor. The only statement that I can find says you can come to the uk if you can prove: you are not in transit to a country outside the ‘Common Travel Area’ (Ireland, the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands).
        I’m not sure I understand your answer, you said yes but do you mean that I will be able to leave and come back or yes, I will be denied at the border.
        Thank you very much for your insight and time!

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  61. Danso K. says:

    Am an American leaving the schengen but have stayed 3 days extra 90/93. Leaving on the 3rd day of overstay. Any problems?

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    • Anil P. says:

      Potentially, it depends on the officer you come across at passport control.

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      • Danso K. says:

        I will surely report back to give any feedback as to what happened(92hrs from now). Thanks writing back.
        With regards.

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        • Kae says:

          Hi- just wondering what ended up happening to you with your situation? :)

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          • Danso K. says:

            Reporting back as promised. I left Poland and made my transit in Germany. I got to Munich Airport immigration. I looked at all the officers faces and i prejudged almost all of them before approaching. Some seemed serious than others. I got to this immigration officer then smiled, said good morning and he replied as well. I gave him my passport, he looked at the dates and just put the stamp in it. “Thank you” i said and that was it. No stress and or hassle. It all depends of the officer as i was told. Some pay more attention than others. The longer you over stay, the more they will pay attention to you.
            Am glad that i was not in trouble. Good luck to all who have overstayed like i did. The passport you are holding also is a big factor believe it or not.
            Once again reporting back as promised. Let me know if you want to know more (extras)

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            • Lisa says:

              hey there!
              Loving right now that I found this. I have overstayed a couple of weeks after being given the wrong information by my agent at home. IM going to follw what you did and hope for the best.
              Fingers crossed :-)

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  62. Kait says:

    Okay, so I in Spain with my Tarjeta de Identidad Extranjera (green card) right now, but it expires at the end of May. I really want to travel around Europe for 2 and a half weeks after it expires before heading home to the US. I hear that in Spain, they usually give you about a 2 week leeway on this, but I’m curious to see if I’ll have any problems going between the other countries in this time (Ireland, Italy and Germany). I will have left the Schengen territories within a period of 3 months before this (for a weekend).

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    • Jennifer says:

      Hi there,

      I’ve been researching this a lot recently as I’m also in Spain. From what I’ve read, avoid Germany and Switzerland at all costs. And there’s a good chance that the UK won’t allow you to enter. Italy should be fine, however.

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    • Anil P. says:

      I’m not sure honestly, I would call the office that issued your visa documents.

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  63. nabs says:

    i am an Marocan I went to the uk in 2003 with a tourist visa and and overstayed for 4 years, and in 2008 i left voluntary back to my country .and now i am us citizen… My question is I’m planning to go back to the uk to visit family just for a weeks it will be almost 4 years since I have left. Will I encounter problems at the border? What can of advice can you give me before heading to the UK ? Will I have to apply for clearance visa to the UK. Any advice will be appreciated. thanx

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    • Anil P. says:

      It’s possible but the chances you’ll face problems are very slim. They’ll likely ask if you’ve been to the UK before; it’s a question you should be prepared for.

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  64. john says:

    My wife and I are in Spain. She is here with a student visa and I have overstayed my 90 day tourist visa (mea-culpa). What can we expect as we leave for our return to the U.S. in May? I qualify in every way for either a retirement visa or the Spanish “non-lucrative visa” and have most of the paperwork to prove it…should I just show up at the airport and hope for the best of make an attempt from here in Spain to atleast begin a visa process of some kind? I’m willing to pay a fine but would like to avoid any long-term ban…thanks for your help and informative web-site…John

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    • Anil P. says:

      I believe you cannot apply for the residence visa (if that’s what you’re looking for) from inside Spain, but call the US embassy to double check. May is still 4 months away so you’ll have a long overstay increasing the chances of a fine and/or ban of some length. Once you overstay, there’s no definite way to avoid either. At that point it becomes a matter of luck and depends quite a bit on the official checking your documents at passport control on the way out.

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      • john says:

        Thanks for your prompt reply! As of today, and in your opinion, what are the most the most “sympathetic” airports of departure in the E.U. for someone in my circumstance? Also, on an unrelated note, are there “border checks” between say, Spain and France, France and Italy, and Switzerland where I would have to show my visa (which, with some scrutinization (sp.) would reveal my aforementioned overstay) ? once again, thanks for your reply, John

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  65. lorrie says:

    what of a 33 day overstay from thailand can one get a visa again?

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  66. Jessica says:

    I am an American and I was just in France for 92 days without a visa (so technically overstayed by 2 days). I was/am participating in a church related “school” of sorts there, and was supposed to be spending the next three months on “outreach” in a different country, so I assumed I would not need a visa at all to participate in the school. However, due to a change of plans, we are now scheduled to be in France (a different part of France, but still France). I tried applying for a visa in order to be “legal” for the next three months, but they said that I could apply for a visa, but according to the law, I have to wait 90 days before going back to France, so they said it was unlikely that the visa would be approved. I got my passport back in the mail today and there was a stamp in it that said, “consulat general de France a San Francisco, Visa requested on___”(it gave the date) and that was it, nothing else in the passport or envelope (I assume that means it was denied??). I will have been back in the states for 18 days when I try to re-enter France. My passport was not stamped when I re-entered the states a couple weeks ago, so it seems to me that the fact that I was just there for 3 months would not be readily apparent, but will that stamp from the consulate (assuming it’s a denial) cause problems? I already have my flight booked and I would be there another 72 days, so not overstaying the 90 day rule, but overstaying the 90 within 180 day rule… what am I risking? What do you advise?

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    • Anil P. says:

      It’s possible you’ll have problems and I would try to get a legitimate visa as best you can. That said your chance of having trouble on entry or exiting is about 50/50. It depends on the person who scrutinizes your passport in the end.

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      • Jessica says:

        I tried to get a legitimate visa and they were mad at me when I applied because I had already been there three months, it doesn’t make sense to me. There’s nothing to warn you that you may have trouble getting a visa to return right away just because you were just there… I had no idea I would have trouble getting a visa until I talked to them…

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  67. Anita says:

    Hi Anil,
    I am wondering if bad debt can keep you from getting a passport. I went through a divorce and a bankruptcy and my credit is really messed up. I have 2 judgments against me, one is coming out of my work check (voluntary) and the other we are about to pay off. I have a default student loan(through no fault of mine, it was in deferment due to hardship and they let it slip through the cracks) and I am paying on it too, for almost a year now. Will these keep me from getting a passport? Do you have to provide a Social Security number when you apply if you have your birth certificate and photo id?

    Thank you for anything you can add to this.

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  68. samantha says:

    I am a Canadian citizen, I went to the united states in 2007 with a tourist visa and overstayed for 2 years I left in May 2009, I never got deported during my stay in the united states I left voluntarily back to Canada and I had not problems at the border. My question is I’m planning to go back to the United States to visit family just for a week it will be 3 years since I have left. Will I encounter problems at the border? What can of advice can you give me before heading to the United States? Will I have to pay a fine before going to the United States? any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you

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    • samantha says:

      i also forgot to mention that i just re-newed my passport would that still show my overstay in the United States?

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      • Anil P. says:

        You *might* have problems but I don’t think you’ll get a fine upon entry (more likely you would just be denied entry.) And although your passport is new; technically your entry records are available to border control – chances they’ll check anything though are low.

        Aside from getting a visa prior to visiting the US, there’s no way to ensure you won’t have problems.

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  69. matt says:

    hi. my girlfriend came here to the us on a b2 visa. she is currently attending public school now. and she has overstayed her visa for some years. i kno thats really bad but im confused on how shes able to be in school with an expired visa. she is 17. she lives in texas right now but she wamts to come live with me in new york. we have plans to get married soon in the future, posibly sooner if we need. but we are afraid of legal problems. i wanna kno what we should do. she doesnt wanna go back to mexico to deal with the consulate. is there any way we can fix this so she can stay here?

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  70. Megan says:

    I’m a US citizen planning on traveling through the UK and Europe while my boyfriend works in the UK for one year. I will be staying with him in the UK throughout that year, but traveling in and out of the UK every few months. I’m not planning on applying for a visa but just showing up and saying that I’m going to be traveling for 6 months per my US passport. Will I run into trouble if I try to travel in and out of the UK after the 6 month period granted by my US passport? When do those 6 months reset – is it per year (Jan to Dec) or for the year beginning when my travels begin (ex: arrive in Feb, must leave by August, when could I return to the UK?) Thanks so much for this resource!

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  71. Lucy says:

    I have organised to go to Paris to study for a few months.I am booked and enrolled. Unfortunately I made the decision to do this quite late and it is not possible to get my student visa in time. The course only runs for 102 days and without the visa I am obviously only allowed to be there for 90 days -therefor I would be there for about 2 weeks over the limit. I spoke to someone at the school who said I should not worry – that it was unlikely to be a problem. I have been trying to do some research to find out what the worst thing is that could happen if I overstay. Could I be fined and if so how much? Could I be banned from re-entering France/Europe and for if so for how long? Also is it possible that I could get a criminal record for something like this?

    Really appreciate some advice!

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  72. mia says:

    hi there i am a uk citizen and last year on may26 i traveled to visit my family in the states on the visa waiver thing for 90days. upon my arrival to the states the officer told me i had to leave by the 24 of august and on my itinery i was due to leave on 26august. So i stayed for the 90 days and went to baltimore imigration to talk to one of the advisors and they said i will be ok since i only stayed for two days and also since tht was the day on my itinery. i am planing on going again this summer and i was wondering if this will be a problem as i left on the 26th instead of 24 of august.

    Any advice will be appreciated. thanx

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    • Anil P. says:

      Possibly but not very likely.

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      • Rose says:

        Hi Aneil . I overstayed my tourist visa for many years . I live in US .i didn’t go back to my country . I want to visit another state in the US by airplane . Will that be a problem at the airport if I travel with my paspoort or will it raise a flag and get deported ?

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  73. andrew says:

    im planning a uk trip in april im from australia and im 27 years old.just wondering if there is a way of extending a ‘visit’ trip to the uk for up to 8 months without worrying about getting a visa. can i apply in the uk once im there or would it be better to arrange it hear in australia.should i need to apply for a ‘working holiday visa’ for 12 months or do u think theres is a little leniency to overstay by 2 months on a ‘visit’ to the uk?.

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    • Anil P. says:

      If you want an extended travel visa, apply from Australia. You won’t have enough time in the process to do it from the UK and it might not be allowed except under special circumstances.

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  74. angelina says:

    Hi i just know that i over stay 2 days only with my visa automatically cancelled.my fiancee is australian nationality and i am indonesian. we will get marry in Australia very soon. Is it possible to get visa again?

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  75. angelina says:

    i was visit Australia with tourist visa which is 1 year but 3 month each i have to go out from Australia.so on my second visit i overstay for 2 days. is it possible to get visa again?

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  76. ryan says:

    My girlfriend from indonesia has a multiple entry visa which has a validility of a year and 3 months stay each time she arrives,recently she overstayed by 2 days due to her flight ticket being booked from a airline agency from 24 sept to 26 dec.Is this the issuing ticket agencies job to make sure when they book airline tickets that they meet the customers visa conditions??
    after all this seems unfair to penalise the customers rights to enter the country if they were to have no visa issued again!

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  77. adriana says:

    Hey im really in need of any advice anybody please…

    Im a australian Citizen and originally came to the US on a 90day visa waiver, i overstayed my visa and never returned home, stupid i know i thought my family over here could file me, but was wrong because i have no immediate family only aunts and uncles. I wish to reside in the US and wondering Im willing to hire a lawyer and pay all the fees and fill forms out but is there any chance of me at least getting a green card ????????????????????????

    Any comments or reply would be helpful :(

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    • jazzy says:

      Hi Adriana, im in the same sort of position as you are atm. Any word?

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    • Peter R. says:

      There is no chance since you broke the law already , it wold have been wiser to have departed the US before your 90 days expired and come back again to get a fresh 90 days then take care of you immigration matters …

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    • Anil P. says:

      The only person that can give you an accurate answer is an immigration lawyer; but yes, there is a chance.

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  78. Tara says:

    My fiance has over stayed his tourist visa by about 7 or 8 years. We have been together nearly 3 years and have a 2 year daughter. Is there anyway of making things right? We both live in the UK.

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  79. Han says:

    Hi Anil,

    This is Han and I am Taiwan citizen. I married to my wife in Netherland next year July and she is Dutch and my question is if I want to live in Netherland then I need to pass an exam. last year August I went back to my country to have a dutch exam, but I did not pass after I went back to Netherland. this year end of January I went back to Taiwan and try to have dutch exam again and end of April I back to Netherland. I worry if I can’t pass the exam again, so if I still not pass do you have any idea that I can stay longer ( more than 3 months )? I don’t want to 3 months in Netherland and 3 month in Taiwan. if you have any idea. thank you

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  80. Jacqui says:

    I recently returned from an overstay in the USA. I returned voluntarily but my overstay was 6 years. I have a partner and a very loving relationship which includes a child that I would like to return home to. I am an Australian citizen with a valid passport. I am getting conflicting responses from my lawyer as to whether I can return to the US. Can someone advise if a)I will be imposed a ban because of my overstay and if so how long?b)How can I get back to the US the right way?

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    • Anil P. says:

      I would suggest getting a second opinion from another immigration lawyer who specializes in the US. Your partner can likely find someone who may be qualified in the US as well which can help. You’ve got a lot on the line not worth risking on taking a chance you might not get caught on reentry since both a fine and ban are possible.

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      • Jacqui says:

        I did not mention that I am in a same sex relationship. My partner is coming to australia with our child for summer vacation in June. We are fixing to have a committment ceremony whilst we are in Sydney and the marriage celebrant has said that even though the australian government doesnt recognise same sex marriage yet, we can still register our ceremony on the marriage register. Do you think this will help in getting me home at some point?

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        • Anil P. says:

          Not in the US as the federal government doesn’t recognize same sex marriage; though some states do, off the top of my head not a single one will let you apply for a green card based on a same sex marriage. I would suggest talking to a lawyer from the state you’re looking to reside in to double check and see what the options are.

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  81. syed says:

    Hi anil

    I am a pakistani citizen came to srilankan on visit visa.I am actually working here for huawei and they apply for resident visa/work visa for me here in srilanka.My intial visit visa expired one and half month ago and now i am being refused to given resident/work visa.What should i do now as my initial visit visa is already expired 1.5 months ago.

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    • Anil P. says:

      Hi Syed, I wish I knew more about the specifics of such a situation. I would ask your employer to inquire further about an appeal process. Hopefully things get worked out, good luck.

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  82. Han says:

    Anil, thanks for the reply. you sure in Netherlands there have a long-stay visa ( 1 year ) without exam? because I tried to talk IND and lawyer and both them dont talk about long-stay visa only say the only way I want to stay longer is pass exam, so if like you say I can trying to apply long-stay visa then it is a great news for me, because I get enough time to learn dutch there ( of course without going to school ).

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    • Anil P. says:

      I’m not sure, each country has their own specific requirements. Also, the long stay visa is only 1 year typically, so you’d still have to apply for residency after the year as far as I know. That said, I’m not an expert on this topic or your situation; try getting a second opinion from another lawyer to see what other options may be available to you. That way you can get the most accurate information. Best of luck.

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      • Han says:

        Anil, thanks again for the reply.

        If I want to have long-stay visa in Netherlands then I still need to pass the exam which I did already and will do again in March, because my wife talk to IND in Netherlands and officer say so.. if I know Netherlands is so difficult country then I am not choose to live there. I live there is because my wife ^^… anyway Anil thank you for help.

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  83. Shaz says:

    Hi I’m from N’Ireland and 14years ago I overstayed my US holiday visa by 6months, stupid thing to do, I know that now…But I went home of my own will. Now I want to take my family on a package holiday to Disney world but never thought about the overstayed visa when I was booking it:(, Would I get stopped when I get to the airport on the other side? or would they let me and my family take our holiday? can someone please help me as I am worried sick.x

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  84. Chad says:

    Hi i’m a British/NZ citizen and hold passports for both countries, from 2007 till 2009 (just over 2 years) i overstayed my tourist visa on my British passport. On leaving my passport wasn’t stamped and after checking in, clearing security and waiting at the gate i even changed my mind about departing and was allowed back through security and into the main airport, i could have freely left the area.
    That was three years ago. I would like to know if the ban i’m facing is for 10 years or possibly life? I never worked illegally, lived off my life savings and have no criminal record, buy im sure this makes no difference to a possible life ban.
    Later this year i am visiting Canada and am wanting to cross the US border to see where i stand. My NZ passport has been approved for a ESTA and i will be travelling on that passport the entire time. My main concern is this, if i am currently facing a 10 year ban (now 7 years) if i try to enter could i then have that reset to 10 again or worse face a life ban, and also, will my refusal of entry amount to a deportation in which case i may have trouble in the future entering any other country including Canada where i now have family.
    Any advice would be kindly appreciated!
    Regards

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    • Anil P. says:

      Are you a citizen of England? You can’t overstay then, although I’m not sure how using the other passport would affect the situation. Am I understanding your situation correctly?

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  85. TANYA says:

    Please could you help me with a situation i am in involving the overstaying of my visa.
    I travelled to USA from UK – last year (I am a British citizen).
    I had a 90 day tourist visa – beginning in April and expiring in July. I got caught up on road trips and music festivals, so didn’t actually leave until a few months later in November….
    I was expecting trouble or questioning at the airport as i left USA, but nothing. No stamps either in my passport.
    Now i am back in UK – i wish to holiday in USA this year, but don’t know what to do?
    I have been reading about a 180 day rule (which i didn’t break). But am concerned to apply for a visa for travel through ESTA in case they trun me down.
    I assume all information will be on my passport.
    What should I do?
    I really want to return to USA, but don’t know who to talk to.
    If you could shed any light, it would be much appreciated.
    Many thanks – Tanya

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    • TANYA says:

      PS – do you think i will be barred from reentering USA? Do you think i can explain my circumstances when applying for a visa? Do you think i should not?

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    • Anil P. says:

      ESTA isn’t a guarantee of entry but will let you know if you’ll need to go through a full visa application. If you’re worried, apply for a longer term travel visa at the embassy to confirm you can get in before booking any tickets.

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  86. abena says:

    An Italian friend of mine want me to visit him in Italy, what does my friend has to do in the acquiring of a visa for me here in Ghana?

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  87. R says:

    I’m from the US, currently in Spain on a 6-month student visa to attend a language immersion program. It expired in February, but I’m still attending classes (I purchased more weeks of classes than what was initially paid for to get my visa). I don’t plan to return to the US until June. My dilemma is that I’m looking to possibly do this auxiliar-type program to teach English in Madrid this September, so I would need to get a year-long student visa back in Chicago once I get home. How will this overstay affect me?

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    • Anil P. says:

      I’m not sure; maybe you can talk with the school to see if they can give you any assistance in your case. That’s probably the best place to start if you haven’t done so yet.

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  88. namir says:

    if you are aUS citizen and you wanna fly to turkey can you go over the schengen country.even though you can not enter the schengen because you maxed out your tourist visa stay

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    • Anil P. says:

      Go over? As in layover in a city on your way? So long was you don’t go past passport control in the airport you’re not technically entering the Schengen so it won’t be a problem.

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      • namir says:

        jeah,jeah like connected flight i mean. could there be problems on entering turkey. i mean because i overstayed my tourist schengen visa by a lot like a year almost, i mean im still waiting for a fine so i dont know im i gonna be banned or not they just told me ill get fined for sure, but said ill probably be able to enter schengen in thre months-probably. and now i planning on flying to turkey,

        thanks a lot for you help

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  89. blahh says:

    got ESTA yesturday wanna go back today.. waiting on visa stuff will this hurt my case?

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  90. youngster says:

    hey, okay heres the problem with me.. i am 14 years old and i want to become a pilot. thing is when i was 3 my parents took me to the US. ok yeah maybe overstaying a few days or weeks or even months would have been ok.. but no, we overstayed 8 years.. now i know the penality is like 1 year for the first 6 months overstayed and then 5 years for evey year after.. if i did my maths correctly that means i wouldnt be allowed back in to the US for about 40 or so years. i cant wait 40 years to become a pilot.. i recently read an article in the local papers about a girl that had the same problem, and she actually ttried to reenter the US after so many years later. i never heard what happened afterwards, but i dont want to be front page because of a mistake i didnt make.. also is there some kinda exception since i am (and was) a minor, and was taken against my own will? any who please help i miss the US very very veery very very much and want to go back..

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    • Anil P. says:

      When do you want to go back, and for what purpose (e.g. work, vacation, etc.)?

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      • youngster says:

        i wanna go back asap, maybe for the summer or sometime nex year for vacation.. sorry about the late reply.. found this message in my junk mail> :(

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        • Anil P. says:

          The best path is probably to apply for a long term visa.

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          • youngster says:

            you think that there is a chance they would approve it ?

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            • Anil P. says:

              I don’t know what the chances are unfortunately; a lawyer could tell you with more certainty.

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              • youngster says:

                hmmmm, ok i will tell my mom… i was thinking to do this.. m birth certificate has no name on it.. so if i my mom changes my name, swear affidavit. and because i need a new machine readable passport, go get one with my new name, apply for the visa with the new name.. would that work? i know it sounds shady and bad but do you think that’ll work? btw i live in trinidad and tobago

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  91. blahh says:

    i overstayed my visa in the U.s 2 years, went back to aus about a year ago, just went for an ESTA and got approved. whats the go with that? will they let me in?

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    • Anil P. says:

      The ESTA is not a guarantee of entry nor a visa. It’s a pre-approval. If you are worried about entry into the US, you can apply for a travel visa at the embassy prior to your arrival.

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      • blahh says:

        how will they figure out the difference? i got a new passport over there and nothing was stamped on my way out. no one said anything to me on entry to aus or leaving the states, i am married to an american with the marriage accepted by them.

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        • Anil P. says:

          They didn’t stamp your passport? That is unusual; though likely it’s been entered into their computer system. It’s not too difficult for them to know really.

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          • blahh says:

            it was late at night when i left and the guy just breezed over it pretty much took it off me then really didnt even look at it and handed it back, i was stressing thinking i was gonna go through all this stuff but nope nothing happened..

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  92. sy says:

    okay ive been talking it over and over with my partner and his mom
    and ive comfirmed that if there was a problem with the fact i overstayed then i would of been deported straight away and had to stay away before i could return to actually live here.
    The only thing im not aloud to do is get marrid i need a stamp from the place i was born
    which i can obtain through teh british embasy or i could simpley travle back and get one

    And i defonatly remember being told that when i got the paper with my bsn number

    its just i got so scared from watching a tv program >.<
    also i have a interview for a job which is also good news so i wont have to go back to england anyway

    sorry for bothering you and thank you for the fast responce

    i useually over react with these things :/

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  93. Andrew says:

    I am a student at UCLA and I am doing research on immagration. I can’t seem to find an answer to a particular question. Perhaps I can ask you. If 2 people from the same family of the same address in their foreign country enters the US on visitor visas and one over stays without extending his visa but the other did extend his his. If the one who legally extend his visa leaves and return to the US, will he he questioned since both people shared the same foreign address on the passorts?

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  94. blahh says:

    i ll just try late at night.. or early in the morning..

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  95. cy says:

    i overstayed 2 months in india with my business visa and same time my passport lost, so i go and get police report for a new passport and got new passport with a different passport number but my name and rest of my details are still same i use that my new passport get a new tourist visa can they allow me to re enter india

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  96. kelechi says:

    i overstayed india with my business visa and same time my passport lost, so i go and get police report for a new passport and got new passport with a different passport number but my name and rest of my details are still same. can any one explain how this work. will they know if i overstayed my visa? when i go back to that country. urgent

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  97. kelechi says:

    i have 4 month india business visa writing not to exceed 45 days i stay in india 98 days not knowing that i will register at frro withing 14 days arrival when i want to live india to my home country they told me that have to meet frro Mumbai when i go there they told me i have to bring 2 small passport, address were am living, resit of what bought,finger print,after that they corrected fine of 1679 rubes they did not give me any paper i go back to my home country after 1 month letter i get fresh new visa to re enter india at mumbai port of enter they send me back without saying any thing please i want to the problem urgent

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    • kelechi says:

      i have 4 month india business visa writing not to exceed 45 days i stay in india 98 days not knowing that i will register at frro withing 14 days arrival when i want to live india to my home country they told me that have to meet frro Mumbai when i go there they told me i have to bring 2 small passport, address were am living, resit of what bought,finger print,after that they corrected fine of 1679 rubes they did not give me any paper i go back to my home country after 1 month letter i get fresh new visa to re enter india at mumbai port of enter they send me back without saying any thing please i want to the problem urgent

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  98. sunday says:

    i overstayed my visa and same time my passport lost, so i go and get police report for a new passport and got new passport with a different passport number but my name and rest of my details are still same. can any one explain how this work. will they know if i overstayed my visa? when i go back to that country. urgent

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  99. Maud says:

    Hi I am French citizen in Hong Kong on a tourist visa and just realized I overstayed 2 months! What do I risk when I leave and will I have to pay a fine? Thanks in advance

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  100. Brandon says:

    Hi I have a friend that’s down in mexico and she’s a u.s. citizen, she doesn’t have the funds right now to get back, what happens after her tourist visa expires in a few months and how can she renew it to stay a little longer?

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  101. oge says:

    when you overstay multiple business visa 4month and
    you want to go back to that country how many years
    ban? is urgent

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  102. Pamela Wells says:

    I overstayed my Schengen time by at least 180 days or more. But here I am, back in the U.S. (with much help from the U.S. Embassy in Athens)!

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  103. Kyle says:

    Hi Anil,

    I can see that this thread hasn’t been commented on in quite a while but I’m hoping you are still around and able to provide me with some advice..

    I am a Canadian citizen and came to Italy on a 9 week internship back in October 2013. My 90 days of “visa-free” traveling would have ended on January 6, 2014 but I decided to stay until April 2 (extending my internship). I will be flying out of France and have only the one stamp in my passport that I got on my way in to the EU.

    I have to say that I am more than a little bit concerned at this point..

    To make things even more strange, I am wanting to return to Italy after 3 weeks at home (extend for a third time). This will now be from the end of April until the end of July. This might make it easier to figure out;

    Left Canada (to France) – Oct 6, 2013
    Returning (from France) – April 2, 2014

    Reentry (directly in to Italy) – April 27, 2014
    Leaving EU for a long time (from Italy) – July 27, 2014

    What are my biggest problems that I may face?

    Thank you in advance. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

    K

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  104. Mari says:

    I’m a norwegian citizen, staying in Thailand. I only have a 30 day tourist visa that I recieved when flying into the country. I am doing a course here (school) for 4 weeks, and then i intend to stay for another 18 days. These 18 days will be overstaying my visa. What will happen if I do this?

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  105. Piya says:

    I overstayed my B visa in USA, by four days, is my visa void now? (expiry on visa in year 2020). Can I use the same visa to enter again for a short term to attend a convention? I contacted the US consulate in India and they replied saying the visa is valid and I can travel but the entry would be decided at POE. I have reason to show and I am apologetic for this mishap. What are my chances of being let in on same visa? I would rather cancel the trip if the chances are very thin and if this is considered a big misdemeanor. Will this affect in me getting a new visa in future (US, UK, EU or Canada)?
    What is the best way to rectify this. Please reply at your earliest. Thank you!

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  106. mpower says:

    hi
    I m leaving illegally in UK for last 2 yrs I had been here as a visitor visa before 2 yrs back.
    now i m afraid if i will catch up so the immigrants Dept. will punished me or what ??? what is a rule for a overstaying in UK. or i can apply for something else pls help me

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  107. alexa says:

    My sister has a bf at Holland and she’s engaged it’s a long distance relationship, problem is she is in the u.s but her parents brought her here not legally . So she says she wants to move to Holland …can she move over there to Holland with her Mexican passport, from here to the u.s to eaurope ? They want to get married here in the u.s ,then move to Holland .can she just go over there with just her Mexican passport and then fix over there ?

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  108. Vaibhav says:

    hi anil
    my name is vaibhav.I am a indian passport holder who went to New Zealand on study permit but how so ever overstayed there.Now back in India but wanna apply for a canada student visa .Will there be any problem in that

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  109. mercy says:

    I have overstayed in india on my business visa (around 2 months)2 years ago and since then i have never step in to india. I have been travelling within African Now, i plan to visit india again, would i have any problem of entering to india

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  110. Valerie says:

    Hello my boyfriend and I met 5 years ago in New York, I am Trinidadian and he is Canadian, I have returned to my home country of Trinidad almost 2 years ago, and my boyfriend came with me and stayed almost 10 months ( he had applied for extensions every three months ( twice ) and got them, but the last 3 months he overstayed without getting an extension. He returned to Canada 9 months ago and now wants to visit Trinidad again in 2 weeks, I will like to know if he will be allowed to reenter Trinidad without any problems, also is there anything he can do to guarantee entry. Thank you.

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  111. rodolfo says:

    hy there …. just a very very simple question , if you are so kind…
    My case…
    In 2005 I went to U.S. Whit my Italian Pass… , I get in a romance (but i never get married or something) and I get separated… (3 years in total overstaying my turist visa Waiver), in that time my European Pass Expires, But I was confident cause my Other Pass (Argentine was OK , @ that time.), so I decide to go back to Argentina… Then I went Back Whit my Pass Arg.
    Alright then…
    Here I Make Another Pass (Renovation ) Italina ( A Brand New One)
    Here is the question ….
    What could happen when I try to enter to U.S. for turism again… (now 2013) ???
    Many Thanks

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  112. Sal. says:

    Hi sir . I have one question plzz if u can help. I went to denmark tarnsit through frankfort airport , i overstayed my visa for 7 days but i didnt notice that until i get back to frankfort airport to travel to my country . The embassy in my country put me the period of the visa start exam: 20/02/2013 until 20/05/2013 but the number of days is only 30 days that what i didnt notice it i swear. I thought its 90 days!! So i overstayed 7 days there . I sat 37 days. The officer in germany told me i overstayed and he take me to office and let me sign some papers and he told me they will reply to u but until now nothin the case since 6 month almost . I payed there 120 euro he told me i gave u fine because u enter germany Illegal and stay in germany Illegal and he checked my boarding pass coming from denmark . I explain to him everything and told him thats not my first visa i have 5 visas before and i didnt overstay any of them because my wife and my son in denamrk and they sent me an invitation, iam not idiot to do it but i swear its misunderstand. He told just pay now 120euro and we will send u a letter what happen but nothin till now. Any problem for that like ban ?? Plz help me if u can cause i want to apply fpr new one now . Thanxxxx.

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  113. Karen says:

    Hey…ill be visiting curacoa…I’m a holder of a Jamaican pass port and my boyfriend, he’ll be studying at the Caribbean medical school for 1 year..he’s from the US.. He got a vacation home for a lease of one year and I have travel insurance to curacoa for a year…will I be legit to get an extension for an entire year in curacoa?

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  114. louie says:

    I see Anil is censoring my advice that can be very useful to this guy.

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  115. Nikki says:

    Hi I am a GREEN CARD HOLDER in USA.my 2+ years son is in India. He got T visa But i was unaware about the process. Now he overstayed about a year.What is the consequences can be .I am in USA and can not go India for six months due to some reasons.Definitely it will be hard things at Airport at departure time for my son. What is the best way for solution. Can i transfer his T visa into X visa??? Please help me.Hope you will have a advice.I would appreciate.
    Thanks
    Nikki

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  116. Cam says:

    Hey
    My partner and i have both just come over to uk from new zealand on a youth mobililty visa which is all good , but we are now really keen to work a season in the french alps. Aprently we can be in france for upto 3 months and work but employment will be upto 5 months for the season . We are in the uk so we cant really go back to wellington to apply for the visa in person.
    Can we apply in the uk nz embassy or can we over stay or board hop some how. !!?
    Any thoughths will be helpfull on this one.
    Thanks cam

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  117. Lisa says:

    Hello, I am a US citizen and 5 years ago while living in Italy, I had overstayed my 90 days by about a year and a half. I have been back in the US for the last 5 years working, owning a home, etc. I would like to travel back to Italy later this year as a tourist and plan to stay only about a week. I’m wondering if I should expect any problems with re-entry?

    When I left Italy after my overstay, I did not have to pay a fine but they did casually mention that I shouldn’t come back for 10 years. It wasn’t written so I don’t know if this ban was recorded or if it is really enforced.

    I was considering renewing my passport so that I’m not carrying my old one with all of the stamps. Is this necessary?

    Any advice you have would be appreciated!

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    • Anil Polat says:

      I’m guessing based on that, your overstay wasn’t recorded anywhere. In that case, with a new passport, entry to Italy should be okay, but there are no guarantees.

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  118. louie says:

    my two passports have names that dont match.
    For real.not troll
    What should i do?

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  119. Stefan says:

    Hello,

    I’m a Canadian citizen who has overstayed his 6 month on entry visa to the US by 10 days. The reason was that I was waiting for a new passport and some errors had been committed by the passport office in Montreal which extended the process a bit. Canadians may not get a passport renewed in the US; we must apply by mail to a passport office in Canada.

    I now am in Asia but would like to go on holiday to California for a period of one month. I exited the US with a new passport and have no stamp in it. They said nothing.

    If I had any kind of ban, would I already aware of it? Should I go check with a US consulate here to see what is my status in the US? Although I am a Canadian citizen who only overstayed by 10 days, I might still have a 3 year ban.

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  120. nic says:

    I’m a filipino,working in hongkong..my boss bring me in france,my schengen visa expires on oct.20 but my visa in hk s until sept 2013,do the immgration n france let me back in hongkong or deported me to the philippines f i will go back on july 2013?

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  121. Donna says:

    I have a friend that is an Italian citizen but resides in the US. He went to
    Ghana on business and over stayed his visa by one week…what is going to happen when he goes to the airport…will he be allowed to leave or are they going to shake him down,,,what is the law

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  122. sharon says:

    Hi my sister left last year Australia to go visit her American husband on an ESTA visa. She also took her 6 year old son who is also on an ESTA visa.
    They overstayed their visa requirements it is a 2 year ESTA but can only stay 90 days at a time.
    I am travelling on Sunday to bring back her son, and she is travelling hopefuly with us or a week later.
    Will we have any trouble at the airport going out?
    As her son is disabled and I really do not need problems because he has overstayed his ESTA. my visa is fine.
    Thanks

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  123. bbildman says:

    I was denied entry back into Spain, because I overstayed by some 27 days, and trying to re-enter 10 days later. My question is…I plan on returning some 94 days after my last departure stamp in my Passport, will I have trouble re-entering? (The passport control person told me simply to count 90 days after the last departure stamp).

    There is nothing in my Passport that indicates I was denied entry, so will they bother me? Also, I will be flying on a one way ticket from the US to Dublin (I’m well off financially and have the means to buy my ticket back the the US, after I get there) from the US to Dublin, and then on to Madrid…is there something I should know regarding re-entering Spain?? Thanks

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  124. Chandini says:

    I have applied for a Schengen visa, but I am having a long overstay in US.also for the last three years I have settled back to my hometown. I would like to about any consequences regarding this asap. Thank you

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  125. John Keane says:

    hi I’ve been illegal in australia for just about a year and plan on travelling home thru the u.s staying there for 2 weeks ,should i expect problems entering the u.s I’m Irish travelling on an Irish passport.Thankyou

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  126. Jonathan says:

    Hello,

    I am a US citizen, living in the UK. I will be leaving in August to return, permanently, to the US and my wife is here in the UK visiting me. She has stamped in her passport a leave to remain date of June 12, 2015. She was told she would have to leave by that date. I don’t want her to have to leave until I leave in August. Do you have any advice? What happens if she just waits and leaves with me in August anyways? thanks.

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    • Anil Polat says:

      You’re married, she’s British, getting a green card or long term visa shouldn’t be too difficult. Otherwise she faces a ban/fine for the overstay.

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      • Jonathan says:

        My wife is also American. She was told she would have to leave by June 12th. She has been diagnosed with a very serious Anxiety issue and my fear is for her health if she has to leave before me, even if it is only 49 days. Is there nothing we can do to push her date out to August with me? If she did happen to overstay the 49/50 days, what kind of fine/punishment would we actually be looking at? We don’t plan to come back to the UK or EU for at least 5 to 10 years. In August we are moving back to the US permanently. I really need her to stay and leave with me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks. I want to keep everything on the up and up but it is not a good idea for her to leave without me.

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