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Old 13-07-2018, 17:02   #1
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Does anybody have first-hand knowledge about the benefits of obtaining a French long-stay visa versus bouncing in and out of Schengen countries? On a related note, can a "liveaboard" slip be considered the equivalent of renting an apartment? I have done a great deal of research but would like opinions from those who have been there/done that.
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Does anybody have first-hand knowledge about the benefits of obtaining a French long-stay visa versus bouncing in and out of Schengen countries? On a related note, can a "liveaboard" slip be considered the equivalent of renting an apartment? I have done a great deal of research but would like opinions from those who have been there/done that.
In our case, the French and Italian authorities were not prepared to consider a boat a place of residence. They insisted on a permanent address, which did not work out for our needs.

The whole notion of traveling the Schengen zone with a long-term visa from one of the member nations seems at best nebulous in terms of legality. Like so many things in Europe, it will probably come down to the mood of any given immigration official whom you happen to run into on the day.
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Thanks for the link, john61ct, but as I mentioned in my post, I've done the research.

I'm hoping to gain knowledge from somebody who has first-hand experience in the difficulty of getting a carte de sejour as a US citizen versus the inconvenience of working around Schengen. A carte de sejour would allow me to spend a lot of time in France (which is fine) but it seems that it's a real PITA to get one, whereas living within the Schengen requirements is fairly straightforward, but you do have to make some fairly sizable treks across the continent to stay in compliance. Anybody out there made this judgement call and have insight?
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Did you consider renting a cheapie apartment somewhere? Just wondering...
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