Originally Posted by K_V_B
That is not a problem if you've got a long stay visa for one of the Schengen countries, and do not overstay on that one... Hence my suggestion that, if you can get one, a long stay visa for a Schengen country de facto serves as a long stay Schengen visa...
Have been researching the long stay visa issue for a while and so far it doesn't seem to be very simple. Have looked at the websites of most of the W European countries and in general have found:
- many offer long stay visas only for students or those with family
in the country.
- a few mention the possibility of long stay visitors visas but the requirements to qualify are many and complex including:
proof of a place to live in the country like a one year lease
on a house or apartment
financial statements showing net worth sufficient to support yourself
EU health insurance
, letters of recommendation from the authorities at your local place of residence in the US and more. Most of these are easily doable but a few may present a problem.
From reports I have read from other travelers that have tried to get a long stay visitors visas, they are available in theory but in practice not so much. I do know that it can be done. After all, George Clooney has a house in Italy
where he spends a lot of time. However, even though I'm much better looking than George he has more money
than I so probably can't go that route
Would welcome any information or specific recommendations you have on the subject.