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Questions about long stay visas

Scott Anderson

We’ve mentally committed ourselves to the plan of applying for a long stay visa for France when we return to America at the end of our current tour.  We’ve been reviewing the primary websites for how and where to apply and procedures after you arrive (France Visas and VFSglobal), but there are a few questions we haven’t been able to find an answer to so far.  Does anyone know the answers to any of these or know where we could get a definitive answer to any of them?  We could wait until we begin the actual application process, but if anyone knows we’d like to hear of it.

  1. We understand that if you want to stay in France at the end of your LSV period you need to apply for a residence permit at least two months before your visa expires.  Another option though would be to just let it expire, go home, and start all over again with a new application for a second LSV.  Is this allowed?
  2. We will have used up nearly all of our 90 day allotment in the Schengen Zone when we fly home in December.  How soon after this can we reenter France with an LSV?  That is, if we applied for an LSV immediately after returning home and it was approved expeditiously, could we reenter France earlier than after 90 days?
  3. Does time spent in France under an LSV visa affect our eligibility to enter the rest of the Schengen Zone?  So, for example, if we spent the last three months of our LSV tour in France could we just immediately move on to another 90 days in the Schengen Zone under normal visitation rules, in effect staying for 15 months instead of 12? 
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1 month ago
Rich FrasierTo Scott Anderson

Hi Scott - Unfortunately I can’t answer any of these questions.  But I wanted to refer you to www.expatforum.com.  Check out the forum for France on that site.  Bev DeForges is the moderator and she’s super knowledgeable.  If anyone other than an immigration lawyer can help you, she can.

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1 month ago
Scott AndersonTo Rich Frasier

Thanks, Rich.  Looks like a great resource, one I don’t remember seeing before.  We’ll study it for possible answers to these and other questions we haven’t thought to consider yet.

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1 month ago
Ian HallettTo Scott Anderson

Speaking as a UK citizen, the current system for travelling in the Schengen zone post Brexit allows for 90 days out of 180 under the current scheme. So if you stay in the EU for 90 days, you then need to leave and cannot return for another 90 days. I hope this helps

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2 weeks ago
Scott AndersonTo Ian Hallett

Yes, and that’s exactly what we’re doing now.  After 90 days in Spain and France we’re in England for 90 before returning to France.  A constraint, but on the other hand without this we might never have realized what an amazing cycling destination England is.

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2 weeks ago
Ian HallettTo Scott Anderson

Just returned from nearly 3 months in Spain myself - an awesome country for cycling and I've saved myself a week so if needed I  can get trains across Europe and out of the Schengen zone before my 90 days are up!

The UK is pretty good, especially in the North of England and up through Scotland

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1 week ago