The Easiest Way to Get a Visa Overstay Forgiveness: Is it Possible?

What should you do if you’re in a country and you overstay a tourist visa? Should you get in touch with local immigration for a visa overstay forgiveness or keep your head down and hope for the best? 

These are questions that have confronted many travelers over the years and the answers to them will largely depend on individual choice as well as the country in question.

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UPDATED MAY 2020 

With the recent happenings in Europe and around the world and after receiving so many comments and emails asking for more help and info regarding overstayed visas I've updated the post significantly with a lot more information as well as country specific details which you can find at the end.

Make sure you keep your visa and passport safe (an RFID passport wallet like the one I own is a great idea), and watch for destination specific recommendations regarding Covid 19.

Also, if you have dual citizenship read this post on how to travel with two passports to avoid any problems you may have. 

What is a Visa?

Before explaining how to deal with an overstayed visa, let’s start at the very start: what is a visa, anyway? First, no, a visa is not your credit card!

Rather, a visa is simply some kind of document proving authorization for entry to a specific country

It's something like the temporary green card that you get in the US to avoid an unlawful presence status.

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For anyone wondering, the word itself comes from the Latin charta visa, which just means “a seen paper”. Throughout history, visas have taken all kinds of different forms, ranging from small stamps to massive, full form letters.

Nowadays, most visas are stickers placed inside your passport by immigration or diplomatic officials.

The image above is a perfect example of a typical, full page sized visa.

However, it’s worth noting that not all visas look like this. As mentioned earlier, some can be nothing more than a small stamp.

Yet just because someone stamps your passport at an airport it doesn’t necessarily mean you have a visaand certainly does not make you a lawful permanent resident.

For example, most countries will stamp your visa when you enter and exit – but neither of these stamps are visas, they’re just records of your comings and goings. Confusing, right?

Generally, most countries you visit will require a visa. Some of these might be automatically granted on arrival, others might require a small fee on entry, and others still could require extensive application processes before you even leave your home country.

For example, the small Gulf state of Qatar will happily sell you a visa on arrival, and just charge the fee to your credit card.

On the other hand, United States travelers bound for Bolivia can get a visa on arrival, but need a hotel reservation and evidence of solvency.

On the other side of the world, Algeria has somewhat stricter policy, where you’ll need to apply before leaving home, and need supporting documents including a letter from an Algerian endorsing you.

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Meanwhile, China also requires US visitors apply for a visa before departure, and failure to do so could mean Chinese officials will pretty much turn you around on arrival. ​

Yet one country over, US travelers can stay in Japan for up to 90 days without any visa whatsoever!

Put simply, no two countries are the same. Many common tourist destinations do offer visa waiver programs, others will sell visas on arrival, and other countries still will require lengthy application processes ahead of time.

The lesson here is to never assume anything; whatever country you’re visiting you’re going to have to play by their rules, whether you're there with a tourist visa, student visa, or something else.

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I took this picture right after getting my Cambodia tourist visa 

You might think that the European Union has a single policy on passports and visa requirements but this is unfortunately not the case.

Twenty six members of the EU have signed the Schengen Agreement which allows free movement without passport controls or the requirement for a visa within what is called the Schengen Area.

Ireland and the United Kingdom are the only EU countries outside the Schengen Area, which also includes four countries outside the European Union—Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland (Ireland and the UK have their own common travel area).

What is a Tourist Visa, Specifically?

This brings us to another important question: what is a visitor visa, also known as a tourist visa?

As we’ve already mentioned, visas come in all shapes and sizes. However, they also come with different benefits and immigration law attached to them.

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Common categories of visas include work, transit, temporary/ permanent residency, humanitarian/ refugee, and of course, tourism.

Each of these visas has a very different purpose.

For example, a transit visa might only allow a traveler to remain in a country for a very short period of time, such as 24 or 48 hours. A temporary residency visa might allow a much longer stay, but limit a traveler’s ability to work.

Generally speaking, tourist visas give visitors free movement within a country, but are restrictive in terms of work or other activities.

 Think of it this way: the host country is effectively offering you the privileged to engage in tourism, and that’s pretty much all.

So, don’t assume you can work (paid or unpaid), do anything political, teach, or participate in any activity in an official capacity.

Some countries are extremely relaxed about their tourist visas, and in reality won’t mind if you do some volunteer work or take up some study during your trip (such as a language course).

On the other hand, other countries can be extremely strict. Again, the point is to remember every country has its own set of rules. Having said that, there are some general trends when it comes to tourist visas.

Most tourist visas (and visa waiver programs) grant travelers somewhere between 30 and 90 days of entry.

It’s also safe to assume you won’t be allowed multiple entry/ exits on the same visa, meaning you’ll have to get a new visa each time you cross an international border.

How Do "They" Know if You Overstay Your Visa?

To put it simply, most of the time authorities don't know  exactly who has overstayed a visa and who has not (see this New York Times article on this topic). Immigration authorities usually get this information from airlines, but countries like Spain and USA don't always stamp passports upon entry or exit, so they can't know when you left.

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Same thing if you enter by air and leave overland

This can lead to visitors being able to play with their status, but where you are plays a huge roll. Try entering or leaving Gaza without your passport checked.

Valid Reasons for Overstaying a Visa

Most people are law abiding and have perfectly good intentions, but sometimes life has a way of complicating things.

There’s all kinds of reasons why a traveler might overstay a visa, ranging from a missed bus trip to a serious injury, or just plain old complacency.

In other cases, you may not notice that you’re living in a country on a visa overstay for quite some time.

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Jails in some countries can be like this, or worse.


It is normally only when you leave and try to reenter a country that problems arise, usually at passport control.

Turning up at passport control when you’ve overstayed a tourist visa can lead to either a refusal of entry or having to pay a large penalty fee depending on the country you’re visiting. It can also lead to further problems in the future.

For example, overstaying a visa in the US can make it extremely difficult to return.

Likewise, wearing out your welcome in an EU/Schengen Area country might make it difficult to visit other countries within the same bloc. 

At the end of the day there are no real valid reasons for overstaying a visa that will get you off the hook just because you mention them, but pregnancy issues, an accident or an assault that results in body harm requiring hospitalization is usually convincing enough, at least for some time.

Seeking political asylum is not in itself a valid reason, but it can delay your departure for some time if you pursue this route.

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Visa Overstay Penalty

The penalty for overstaying a visa can have lifelong consequences. In some countries you may face prison (India), huge penalty fees (most countries) or being banned from returning (USA).

What happens at the end of the day though depends mostly on how you fix your situation, and the smallest detail of your behavior will impact the final outcome.

This leads to an often asked question: is overstaying a visa a crime?

Overstaying in the Schengen Area

So what happens if you find yourself in a Schengen Area or EU country saying “I overstayed my tourist visa!” And more importantly, what should you do to avoid problems now and in the future?

The answers will vary from individual to individual and from country to country. It can also depend on how long you have overstayed your tourist visa.

Many travelers from North America and the European Union inadvertently find themselves in countries on an overstayed immigrant visa simply because there is no requirement to obtain a visa before you enter.

It can therefore be very easy to overstay without even realizing that you are doing so.

In other cases, you may not notice that you’re living in a country on an overstayed tourist visa for quite some time. It is normally only when leave and try to reenter a country that problems arise, usually at passport control.

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Turning up at passport control when you’ve overstayed on tourist visa usually leads to either

  1. a refusal of entry or
  2. having to pay a large penalty fee depending on the country you’re visiting.

It can also lead to further problems if you try to visit that country (USA) or another in the EU/Schengen Area in the future.

Many US travelers end up on an overstayed tourist visas because they don’t realize that you can only be in the Schengen area for 90 out of each 180 days before you need to apply for visa renewal.

Even if you’ve previously remained in a country on an overstayed you may still be allowed reentry if you’ve got a return ticket, a valid reason for entry and the period you overstayed on your last visit wasn’t more than a few weeks.

Having said that, it is obviously still better if you don’t overstay in the first place and if you do overstay apply for visa renewal as soon as you realize that you need to.

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Overstaying Outside the European Union

Outside of the European Union, the procedures for dealing with travelers with overstayed tourist visas vary considerably. In some cases, penalties can be minor or pretty much non existent.

In other cases, an overstayed tourist visa can become a nightmare and you need to find a provisional waiver asap. In general, there are three main types of penalties you can expect to encounter if you overstay a tourist visa.

Deportation​

The first is simple deportation, which isn’t a big deal. This is because as mentioned earlier, visa problems typically arise during arrival or departure. So, if you’re already leaving a country, then deportation probably doesn’t sound all that scary, right?

deportation

Under most circumstances, it isn’t, though things can get complicated quickly. The biggest question is often who will pay for your flight? This varies a lot depending on the country, but again, there’s a few general rules.

If you get denied entry on arrival, it’s typically the responsibility of your airline to get you off the country’s doorstep. The company might just put you on the next flight home, or charge you an additional fee.

Under most other circumstances, a country will do everything it can to make the deportee pay the cost of their flight home.

If you can’t pay, they’ll attempt to contact your family, and make them pay. When all else fails, it’s possible the country will just buy you a ticket to get you out of their hair, but this shouldn’t be relied on.

In some circumstances, if nobody can pay, then you might face prosecution. In other extreme cases, you might simply be thrown across the closest border, and left to fend for yourself.

This is actually more common than you may think, and even countries like the US have done this to people in some unusual cases.

Fines

Other countries might impose fines. These usually aren’t too onerous; for example, fifty pesos ($12) in Argentina.

Similarly in Southeast Asia, the cost of overstaying a visa may be initially just a fine of a few dollars but could be an issue if you want to return to the country in the future. 

Many countries might also charge additional fines for every day you overstay.

So, a one day overstay might not be a big deal, but being on an overstayed visa for 10 years could seriously hurt your bank balance and any chance of getting any visa overstay forgiveness document.

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Future Problems

Even after you’ve been removed from the country, you might still face penalties down the track.

Many countries will impose future travel restrictions on travelers who have a history of overstaying visas, meaning you might struggle to return in the future. 

An overstayed visa can also make it extremely difficult to apply for different visas, such as a work permit or residency.

Arrest and Prison

The highest penalties for visa overstays include arrest and the extreme hardship of prison time. This is extremely unusual for short overstays though, and normally only an issue in the most highly strung of countries like North Korea.

However, extremely long overstays can still be a problem in even the most welcoming of countries.

While an overstay of one or two days might earn you nothing more than an understanding smile at departure, months or years of living illegally in a country will almost certainly land you in a questioning room. 

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Authorities will want to know what you’ve been doing, and why you’ve overstayed your visa for so long. If you don’t have any good answers, then don’t assume you’ll be let off easy.

Countries like India are known to become a nightmare for long term overstaying visitors, and at some point you may want to contact a law firm to get specific legal advice from an immigration attorney.

The Secret to Obtain a Visa Overstay Forgiveness

Typically, if you do the right thing, nobody will give you any problems.

Under most circumstances, it is only if you’ve overstayed a tourist visa in the past and then have to apply for a pre-entry visa – for example if you want to travel to a country to work or study rather than as a tourist – that you are likely to experience more than routine problems obtaining authorization.

One important point to make is that resolving visa issues can often come down to the discretion of border or diplomatic officials.

So if you are caught overstaying a visa, be polite and patient. Acting reasonably and calmly can go a long way for an adjust status, especially if you’re trying to convince a border official that your overstay was just an honest mistake.

In a nutshell, there is no secret. 

So to reiterate, the best advice is simple: check how long your tourist visa allows you to stay in a country (or, if you are visiting the European Union outside the UK and Ireland, in the Schengen Area) and stick to it.

If you’re overstaying for a few days only, you’ll probably be OK. If you know you won’t be returning to the country, you might want to take your chances.

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But if you want to stay longer than you had intended in the country you are visiting, it is always much better to apply for a unlawful presence waiver than to remain on an overstayed tourist visa or have to get a visa overstay forgiveness.

That’s the only way to ensure that you won’t be denied entry or encounter other problems on your travels round the world in the future.

Country Specific Recommendations

To further help you out I've created the following sections for some specific countries. This information has been obtained from official government pages, and in some cases I called consulates to get it from a reliable source.

What to do if you overstay your Philippines visa

What to do if you overstay your USA visa

What to do if you overstay your Malaysia visa

What to do if you overstay your India visa

What to do if you overstay your UK visa


Have you overstayed a tourist visa? What did you do or are you going to do? What happened to you? Share your story with us in the comments section below, ask any question you might have, and please share this post if you liked it!

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Abdul Wahab - November 25, 2020 Reply

I am a student in France and have completed my degree. I secured a job in Germany and have applied for a work visa (german embassy in Paris). The issue is that my visa in France is expiring next week and my passport is still with the German embassy. I am afraid what will be the consequence if I receive my work visa after the expiration of my french student visa.

    maitravelsite - November 25, 2020 Reply

    Hi Abdul, thanks for getting in touch. The best thing you can do is to ask the German embassy to supply a stamped document that proves they have your passport because they are issuing your visa. This said, unless you are going to travel there is no reason for you to need it the passport and you should be fine. If you want to be on the safe side, just as them to furnish that document. Hope this helps!

      Abdul Wahab - November 26, 2020 Reply

      Thank you for your response. Just in case my passport comes 20 days after my fresh visa expires and it is a rejection. In that case, will the immigration officer understand that my reason for the overstay was the unavailability of my passport to travel? I am really worried about that.

        maitravelsite - November 26, 2020 Reply

        Hi Abdul! It depends on the officer. Some agents are a really pain and want to play tough, others understand better. You could perhaps also ask the hiring company to send you an email stating that they have offered you a job and are also waiting for you to get your passport with the visa back, ideally with an expected starting date. But again, you can call the embassy and ask them to send you an email stating that they have your passport and is in process of a visa application. You should have no problems if you can get either of these documents, let alone if you can get both. Hope this helps!

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kayla - July 2, 2020 Reply

hello, i am currently in australia (with a US passport). my visa will expire soon, however i’ve learned of special corona virus bridging visas they’re offering. so if i choose to apply for that visa, i have to wait for this one to expire first, making me unlawful for a couple of days in between. will this affect me poorly at all? i’m nervous to do so!

    maitravelsite - July 2, 2020 Reply

    HI Kayla, from what you are saying it seems you need to wait for the current one to expire to apply for the other one? If you are sure that this is a requirement then there’s nothing to worry about, but I would think that you are allowed to start requesting it before then to avoid that situation. I would try to request it before those 2 days elapse. This said because of coronavirus immigration is being more flexible than ever and I don’t think you’d have any problems. Hope this helps!

Jake - June 16, 2020 Reply

Hello. I have overstayed my 1 year permit to stay in Croatia by 4 years. There were many reasons why (long story), and I have recently become statutorily married to my girlfriend who is an EU national and a permanent resident of Croatia… I’m meeting with a MUP official later this week to try to explain and apply for permanent residency under my wife.

I’ve received some conflicting advice. Some say I will need to pay the maximum fine, and someone else has told me that I wouldn’t need to since I’m now married to a permanent resident. It’s been very stressful and a bit frightening. Do you have any advice?

    maitravelsite - June 16, 2020 Reply

    Hi Jake, I’m assuming you have a non EU passport so this post I found for Expats in Croatia could be of help. For the sake of it, make sure you show up with all those papers.

    Truth is that what happens will ultimately depend on the mood of the agent you speak with, so remember to be polite, remain calm, and ultimately seek his/her empathy; after all you have been staying illegally for an extended period of time.

    Another thing you might want to do is to call a Croatia embassy anonymously (or make up your name) and explain your case changing the details a bit (6 years instead of 4, etc). You might get an idea of what to expect, and might even get some tips.

    Hope this helps, let me know how it goes!

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    Samantha - November 11, 2019 Reply

    Hi so this is going to be long I am from Ireland and I went to tunisia 2 years ago I overstayed my visa there and got put Into a centre untill my family could take my flight they didn’t put a stamp in my passport saying I couldn’t return and I asked the police if I would have any problem when I return they said I wouldn’t but I have a real bad feeling I will I am planning to go in December for 3 weeks any advice would be great I over stayed a few times before and paid the fee at the airport when leaving and got stamps in my passport but this time the police said I wouldn’t have 2 pay that they sorted that I find it a bit strange

      maitravelsite - November 11, 2019 Reply

      Hi Samantha, it is difficult to say. Even though they didn’t put anything on the passport there probably are records of your overstay, however you have not received any notification banning you from entry and you have paid the fees in the past. I’m not sure why you’d want to overstay so often but you’ll probably run out of luck eventually.

      maitravelsite - January 8, 2020 Reply

      Wow, I can’t believe I missed this, sorry. To be honest, it does sound a bit weird, as you have overstayed a few times already (why?). This said some countries overlook these kinds of things, but I don’t believe Tunisia to be one of them. TBH it’s anyone’s guess. The best thing you can do is not overstay this time (has you been banned from entry you should have been told already). Hope this helps!

عطلات - March 11, 2019 Reply

If I go to any country and staid there after the 3 months of tourist visa, my they force me to leave ?
Note: I’m from war country

Thanks in advance

    maitravelsite - March 19, 2019 Reply

    Hello and sorry for taking so long to respond. It depends on the country. Sometimes you can pay a fine and ask for a visa renewal, others they will force you to leave. If you are from a war torn country though you may be eligible for asylum as a refugee. This is something you can/ should pursue. Hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

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Mahdi - September 2, 2018 Reply

Thanks for the informative post. I’m in Malaysia and I overstayed 3 months because 10 days before my visa expired a terrorist group my country attacked my home looking for me, thank God my family was not home. I had to send all the money I had for them to flee and hide until things got better.

In 10 days without money I couldn’t fix the visa, so I registered with UNHCR, I was waiting for their call for more than 3 months, still no call yet. I have to move my family out of my country and to do so, I’ve to get a job, I’m a Software developer, so I want to move to another country to fix this.

So, my questions are as follows:

1. Is there any country that gives a humanitarian visa to people like me?
2. If I go to the immigration office and explain this will they allow me to go to another country or will force me to go to my country?
3. With my expired visa, can I still apply for a visa in an embassy in this country?

Sorry I had to ask all these questions. Thanks.

    maitravelsite - September 14, 2018 Reply

    Hi Mahdi,

    Sorry for talking so long to respond. Your question and situation is very technical, and I’m not in a position to offer a solution. However I do suggest you get back to UNHCR and see what they say. Regarding your questions:

    1) Yes, there are plenty, but they go on a case by case basis. Even Malayisa might help. You may want to consider Australia and New Zealand.
    2) I wouldn’t just walk in. You run the risk of being detained. Call.
    3) You probably can apply for an extension, but there will be a penalty for sure…

    I would like to know how things go for you Mahdi, stay in tough if you like to share your experience.

Samantha - June 16, 2018 Reply

Hi so I need a lot of answers I have been travelling to Tunisia for as log as I know it’s the only place Really I have travelled I have overstayed my visa 2 times but paid at passport control the fine once I over stayed just by one month the second time was 3 months this time I over stayed by 4 months but the police removed me from the country they told me there qould be no problems coming back as they removed the penalty at the airport they also brought me to the airport and just put a normal stamp on my passport nothing stating I couldn’t return I’m wondering when I try 2 come back here will there be issues for me I really don’t want it 2 be I love that place and worrying so much please help

    maitravelsite - June 25, 2018 Reply

    Hi Samantha!

    Well the truth is that you have overstayed many times, and it is illegal at the end of the day. However you have nothing on the passport that says you had an issue, yet they could have (and probably do) have records of this in their database. Frankly whatever happens is in the hands of the customs agents, but it seems they are very lenient. If you really want to go, give it a shot! There are no guarantees though, remember! Hope this helps 🙂

Christine Molnar - June 15, 2018 Reply

Hi…
I overstayed my Schengen by 3 Months in Latvia…I’ve had a tough run. I’m Canadian & came to Russia for an incurable Medical Condition. Then during my wait, found it cheaper to be in Latvia. The medication isn’t ready. I’ve had many seizures so my memory is not reliable. I’m stoic. And don’t go to hospitals with the seizures..My doctor can write something…What’s my best scenario? Is Latvia strict? Can I apply for an extension? Anything is greatly appreciated. My best… Chris

    maitravelsite - June 25, 2018 Reply

    Hey Chris, so sorry for taking so long to get back to you. You case is very specific, and I’m really sorry to hear about your situation, even more for taking so long to get back to you. If I were you I’d contact the Canadian consulate in Latvia, see if they can help. Check this page from the Latvia immigration department. http://www.pmlp.gov.lv/en/home/services/visas-and-invitations/issue-visa.html . If you speak with your doctor or a hospital in Latvia about your medical condition it could be a serious personal reason and the extension could be given. I think you have very good chances of getting it. Hope this helps!

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Hari - December 28, 2017 Reply

I’m Indian. i have overstayed my Schengen tourist visa. Presently I’m living in Zurich (Switzerland). Now I’m planning to go back to India from Brussels. Can any one suggest me which is the best way to travel from Zurich to Brussels? The immigration at the Brussels will a easy or a complicated?

    maitravelsite - December 30, 2017 Reply

    Hari,

    I understand the immigration in Brussels is pretty strict. Countries that are more relaxed are Spain and Italy for example, but there is no guarantee you’ll get penalized. The good thing is that the way out is much easier than the way in…

Marjani - December 26, 2017 Reply

Hello. I have a US passport. I have travelled Europe and Africa for a year. Last January I came to Cyprus. I have travelled every 90 days and returned 3 times since I have been here. I would like to apply for a one year visa it is now that I feel I wish to stay put for a year and then decide where I will go next. I was under the belief that I was legally able to leave and return every 90 days. When I go to the immigration office I Cyprus should I expect to be in trouble?

Thank you

    maitravelsite - December 30, 2017 Reply

    Hi Marjani. The 90/180 rule means that you can spend 90 days in Schengen countries, then have to be 90 days out before you can return for another 90 of the next 180. If that’s what you’ve been doing you should be fine. Hope this helps!

Aselitha - October 10, 2017 Reply

Hi there,
I’m very confused with the situation I’m in right now. I applied for a visa to visit my boyfriend in Denmark from the 13th to 30th of July. My visa was approved and i was given a visa valid until the 14th of August. So i left Denmark on the 30th july but there was a delay of my flight for that date, I was suppose to arrive in Iceland, take a connecting flight 1 hour before it was midnight to the 31st of July but with the plane being delayed for almost 1hr and a half in Denmark, I reached Iceland around 1am and as you know it, I didn’t think there was a problem, as long I didn’t over stayed according to my knowledge because my visa is valid until August 14th. Now that I’m applying for the visa to go to Iceland for a vacation with my boyfriend, I just got an email stating why I overstayed for 1 day, I was so surprised by this, I mean I thought I’m still in the clear since the visa was still valid until August. Please help me to understand how this could be called overstayed if my visa was expiring on August 14th and I got out of Schengen area even before August 1st. How do they call this overstay? I’m missing something in this overstay rule I’m so confused! I have sent an a reply email to the officer explaining my situation with the flight and i attached the original flight ticket but it gives me no hope to know that I’ve broken the law here and it can jeopardize things for me from now:(

    maitravelsite - October 11, 2017 Reply

    Aselitha, I’m just as confused as you are, as there is no overstay. It must be some kind of error. I strongly recommend you call immigration at Iceland or call the Iceland consulate in your country and ask for an explanation. It makes no sense.

Julie - September 25, 2017 Reply

Hello my problem is my boy friend from the U.S. went to Pretoria Africa to bid on a contract. He said that his return flight ticket expired and his bank card is not working . Now he is on a overstay days he has to pay a fine. Do they have a waiver program there he bought a new flight ticket. He says he can’t leave until he pays this overstay fine. His overstay is 2 months. Please if you could give me some help on what to do for him.

    maitravelsite - October 4, 2017 Reply

    Hi Julie,

    I’ve he’s already been fined it’s going to be difficult to have the fine waived. Why did his return ticket expire? And his CC doesn’t work? Why? If it’s money what he needs you can send it to him via Western Union , Moneygram or a similar method…

Zoey - September 4, 2017 Reply

Hello there,
I hope you’ll see my message because I could really use some advice right now!
I’m a special passport holder (I don’t want to write my country but basically I have the same rights as American/Canadian citizens – 90/180 days) I entered the Schengen area in April 2017 from Germany, then I married to a British citizen in Denmark in May. After that we moved to Spain, I tried to get my residency card here (family reunification), but it failed because they denied my husband’s residency card. Over and over again I asked the Spanish authorities if it’s okay to overstay while I’m waiting for us to be residents, they said yes, I’m totally legal here. But right now the whole process is failed and I’m left here unintentionally overstayed by 2 months my 90/180 without the residency card.
Now I want to leave the Schengen zone from Spain directly to my home country, will I be stopped at the border? Should I pay the overstaying fee since I’m already married to an EU citizen or refuse to pay?
After staying in my home county for a while, we want to move to Netherlands. Will this overstaying situation be a problem for me to get a family reunification visa ~ residency card through marriage?
If they ban me for 2 years or so, can i override the ban when I try to get residency card through marriage in Netherlands?
Everyone says different things, I’m so tired of all of it. Some say I already have a right to stay since I’m married to Eu citizen, some say it’s not relevant that I’m married to EU citizen I’m overstayed in the end. I don’t even trust the lawyers anymore because it was a lawyer that advice me to overstay and get my residency card.
My husband believes that if we go to the Netherlands and demand visa (family permit or something? I don’t know) at the border they will be obligated to give it to me and let me in and then I can get my residency card from there. This whole idea is without leaving the Schengen area and I’m not sure if it works since I’m already overstayed.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

    maitravelsite - September 4, 2017 Reply

    Hi Zoey,
    Sorry to hear about this problem. Hopefully what I say is of help, though really many of these things depend on the attitude of the officers you speak with. But there is some possible good news.
    Spanish immigration is very relaxed at the airports, most of the time they don’t even check the passports and just stamp it for exit. Sometimes, not even that. So there is a good chance that if you fly out of Spain nothing will happen. Again though, this is not a rule, and there’s risk to it.

    Frankly, I’m surprised that you don’t have the permit, as my wife was allowed to overstay when we got married (she has also a non European passport) . Perhaps Brexit is the reason for this problem?

    On another note, the Netherlands are not an easy place where to get papers sorted, and I know this first hand from some friends of mine who are going through something similar. He is Dutch and his girlfriend is from Mexico. First, he has to prove the authorities in his country (Netherlands) that he is making enough money to support his partner. During the first year, she has to attend Dutch classes to learn the language before she can work. They were both interviewed separately to make sure the stories align. And when that is sorted they can consider getting married. So make sure you know what you’re getting into.

    Hope this helps?!

Joe - August 2, 2017 Reply

Hi, I could really really use some advice.

I’m from the USA and my wife is Austrian – we got married in February.

At the end of march we began the process of getting my residency card. I was under the impression that I could stay here until that process was complete, but as of late I learned that I am not able to stay during that time. and now I’m very nervous.

what advice do you have for someone in Austria, who is married to an Austrian national, in the process of getting residency card – but has overstayed his visa. If all goes smoothly I will get my card soon, but I’m worried they will check my passport stamps when I pick up the res. card.

Please help – and time is of the essence.

Thank you

Joe

    maitravelsite - August 2, 2017 Reply

    Hey Joe,

    This is weird. My wife got the Spanish citizenship through me while I was there and didn’t have that problem. I’m not sure what to say. You my want to speak with the immigration ombudsman (or similar figure), find out when they should have it and risk it, or leave and return (watching the 90/180 rule). Speak with immigration again, ask someone else, see what they say.

Nina - July 26, 2017 Reply

So buying a one-way ticket is not a good option in my case, is that what it means? It happened almost 1 yr ago. I got overstayed but they said they wont put any sanction or restriction on me. I can even come back as long as i could have a valid visa. I was caught by the police and they said that incident will only be for the police record and doesnt have to do with foreign affairs, as long as i will leave within 28 days and i did. Does the embassy and immigration at the airport works differently on checking travel history? Why does the embassy granted me a new visa if I will just have an issue with the immigration on arrival later on? Will it also still shows even im using new passport now under married name? tia!

    maitravelsite - August 2, 2017 Reply

    Hi Nina. if that is what they told you exactly then you should be fine. I would imagine that if the police has those records then so does immigration, regardless of what they say. But It seems they didn’t find it a strong violation and gave you a green light. The violation should not appear in your new passport with a married name; usually name changes involve different passports and your regulatory situation also changes…hope this helps and sorry for not replying earlier. The system didn’t tell me you had written again…

      Nina - August 4, 2017 Reply

      Thanks for the response! Lastly, does my overstay history can affect the processing of my residency through my husband? Will it still matter with our application?

        maitravelsite - August 7, 2017 Reply

        It might, but it shouldn’t affect the result. Do expect to be interviewed separately to verify your history and commitment though. Nothing to worry about but you you should expect it! 🙂 Hope this helps!

Jane - July 26, 2017 Reply

Hello!
My situation is very complicated, i just made a very bad decision but I’m now in this situation and i want to get some ideas on what to do. I’m originally from the philippines but i have a korean passport and a korean name as i was married to korean before. I came twice to the US in a ESTA visa after my 3rd visit as i encountered difficulties in coming in but then airport immigration personnel approved my stay. After my 90days stay i decided to stay/overstay(still here in the US) it’s been 2 years since i overstayed but i have 2 instances that i got caught in the airport after they checked my passport and i was held for 4 hrs for questioning but then they released me they did not deport me as they said i have to attend a hearing and i just have to wait a letter to where and when should i go but i didn’t receive anything so i thought they let me free from deportation. The second experienced was when i applied for a visitors entry in a US base and they needed A valid I.D. so i showed my passport but then when they checked I’m in a deportation list but still they let me go after some interviews. I’m worried that the 3rd time they’ll get me I’m gonna be deported. I have a boyfriend now and planning to get married is there anyway that i can change my status? I need to know coz i don’t want my bf to marry me but then he will get in trouble or i will be deported. Please give me some advice on what to do. I really wanted to stay and be legal here.

    maitravelsite - July 26, 2017 Reply

    Hi Jane.

    Your situation is certainly not good, and with the current President the US has deportation and immigration issues are more strict. The only solution I can see at the moment is if you get married. If you can make this happen you should be able to stay; in fact you won’t be able to leave the country in a year I think it is. Otherwise you can try to leave the country and return normally, but as you’ve seen you’re already in a “list”….
    Hope this helps!

Nina - July 26, 2017 Reply

Thank you for response! Also, will it not matter if i had the overstay issue on the same country im going to but I was using my Old passport then when I was not married yet, also I was not given any sanction neither a fine when they found out I overstayed, only that I had to leave the country, no stamp of deportation was marked into my old passport when I left also, only I had to be escorted until to boarding gate but all in all, I went to normal departure process in the airport. Will they be able to see it still even i have new passport under my married name? Coz im afraid, if they do, they would put me into too much questioning and become strict, including on the ticket I have ? thanks again!

    maitravelsite - July 26, 2017 Reply

    If you have overstayed there’s a good chance there’s a record of it. However if that happened a number of years ago the consideration time could be over. There’s no way of knowing what will happen until you get there, but if it was a long time ago you should be fine. Hope this helps!

      Nina - July 26, 2017 Reply

      So buying a one-way ticket is not a good option in my case, is that what it means? It happened almost 1 yr ago. I got overstayed but they said they wont put any sanction or restriction on me. I can even come back as long as i could have a valid visa. Does the embassy and immigration at the airport works differently on checking travel history? Why does the embassy granted me a new visa if I will just have an issue with the immigration on arrival later on? 🙁

Nina - July 24, 2017 Reply

Hi,
I am set to fly going europe to visit/join my EU spouse. I am carrying a Schengen C-visa valid for 1 yr but with the max 90 days duration of stay in the purpose of applying for my residency personally there. I just want to ask if will it be okay if I would only buy 1 way ticket? Its for practically reason, coz first, if eventually we got my residency there within 3 months, of course, I dont have to return in my country (Philippines) then, Secondly, if our application is still on process and my max stay is about to finish, the immigration can waive and extend my stay there while application is on going. How does the Immigration at the airport works in cases like mine, who is a spouse of an EU citizen? Anyone had same situation pls let me know, I am leaving for Netherlands. TIA!

    maitravelsite - July 24, 2017 Reply

    Hi Nina,

    Most EU countries don’t require proof of onward travel upon arrival, so you should be fine traveling with a one way ticket. You can always explain that you’re not sure about what country you’ll be leaving the EU from…

      Nina - July 25, 2017 Reply

      Thank you for response! Also, will it not matter if i had the overstay issue on the same country im going to but I was using my Old passport then when I was not married yet, also I was not given any sanction neither a fine when they found out I overstayed, only that I had to leave the country, no stamp of deportation was marked into my old passport when I left also, only I had to be escorted until to boarding gate but all in all, I went to normal departure process in the airport. Will they be able to see it still even i have new passport under my married name? Coz im afraid, if they do, they would put me into too much questioning and become strict, including on the ticket I have 🙁 thanks again!

Charlie - June 22, 2017 Reply

Hi, I’m currently visiting the US on the visa waiver program. If I overstay my 3 month tourist visa by 10 days will there be any ramifications should I wish return to the US? Many thanks, Charlie

    maitravelsite - June 24, 2017 Reply

    Hi Charlie.

    To be honest your guess is as good as mine. it will all depend on the mood of the agent who checks your passport when you leave and how much of a trouble maker he/she wants to be. Unfortunately these kinds of things are very subjective and fully depend on what people are up for…

Diana - June 12, 2017 Reply

Hello,

I had a student visa in France, I will overstay for two weeks, since I didn’t wanted any problems I went to the prefecture and they told me there would be no problem but they didn’t gave me any paper or anything confirming I would have no problem. They only told me that if someone said something I should just show that I bought my return ticket before my visa expired.
But since I will be traveling (between the Schengen zone) during the two weeks I’m afraid I could have problems, do you know anything about this situation? I don’t have any way of proving that an official source told me that I would have no problems

    maitravelsite - June 12, 2017 Reply

    Hi Diana,

    Truth is that, as you say, you don’t have proof that an official in France said that you wouldn’t have a problem- in France. But that doesn’t mean you cannot have issues outside the country. If for some reason a customs agent in another Schengen country sees that you have overstayed he can apply his own country’s law and the results could be different. They could think you’re planning on hiding elsewhere, for example. The country of your passport also plays a big role. If it’s from a first world country things are usually easier…
    If you’re not going to fly between countries during those two weeks you should be fine (borders don’t usually check passports) but with today’s situation who know what you may encounter. To play it safe your best bet would probably be to not leave France, but I’m sure you want to get around so if you don’t fly you should be OK too. Remember though there is luck involved here! Hope this helps 🙂

Diana - June 12, 2017 Reply

Hello,

I had a student visa in France, I will overstay for two weeks, since I didn’t wanted any problems I went to the prefecture and they told me there would be no problem but they didn’t gave me any paper or anything confirming I would have no problem. They only told me that if someone said something I should just show that I bought my return ticket before my visa expired. But since I will be traveling (between the Schengen zone) during the two weeks I’m afraid I could have problems, do you know anything about this situation?

ERICK ROSA DE MIRANDA - May 21, 2017 Reply

Hello. I need some help cause I am very worried about my situation.
I am a 35-years-old nurse from Brazil. About 10 years ago I overstayed for 2 years in Ireland (The Republic of Ireland). while I was coming back from a visit to Northern Ireland I was caught by immigration officers on a bus. I explained to them the situation, I was young, naive and had been left by a “friend” in Ireland, somenone who I trusted and the person took my money and never came back! As I had borrowed money from the bank in Brazil, I decided to stay illegally in the country to make some money at least to pay my debits with the bank.

Well, the immigration officer out no stamp in my passport and wrote nothing about being deported. Let’s just say that I was gently invited to leave the country.

Like I said before, that was 10 years ago.

Now, I am a gratuated registered nurse with 4 years emergency and intensive care experience and I got a positive answer from the Nursing Board Of Ireland and they accepted my register. I also had an interview and got a job offer from a public hospital in Ireland.

Now I am worried that They may not let me in (though I am doing everything properly this time) because of my historic.

Do you know anything that could help me?

    maitravelsite - May 22, 2017 Reply

    Hi Erick!

    From what you’re saying you should be fine. Bans for overstaying seldom last more than 2-3 years and that situation was 10 years ago. I would proceed normally, get the work visa and all the papers you need following standard procedure and you should be fine. Hope this helps! 🙂

kimberly - May 12, 2017 Reply

Hi there! I have a really complicated case…. I am an American, mother to two American born children. A daughter (4year old) and a son with my domestic partner (2 years old) my partner and I have been together for 3 years now and we actually decided to come to Italy last year (he was born and raised in Italy) Anyway, we came to Italy on a tourist visa from the U.S. and after 3months my partner and I decided we wanted to try and stay here in Italy except he was still trying to finalize a divorce from his previous marriage and would attempt to sell the house they owned together. Before he left we went to the immigration office in Bari and they pretty much explained that the only other option besides exiting the country and re-entering with a visa de trasferimento would be for us to get married . With that being said we couldn’t afford for all of us to fly back and forth again so he ended up leaving us with his family. After 6 months he returned divorced but still sharing a home with his ex wife. So he started looking for a job and actually went off to train to be on the air crew for Ryan air. He’s supposed to go to Sweden for a month and we thought all we had to do was get married but after reading your article I’m clueless as to what to do, I’ve been in Italy for over a year now. Any advice is greatly appreciated, thank you! !!!

    maitravelsite - May 12, 2017 Reply

    Hi Kimberly!

    Sorry to hear about this situation. From what I read I understand you are in Italy legally (haven’t overstayed any visa) and he has an Italian passport right? Assuming this is correct I also agree that the easiest solution is to get married. I’ve searched a bit on the web for you and it seems you can actually get married right away. Check this link http://flyawaybride.com/fab-guide-legal-wedding-in-italy/ for more info, but it says here (and in other websites I found) that “There is no official residency requirement for civil ceremonies in Italy”. Do make sure you have all the required paperwork in Italian and with the Apostille stamp. Hope this helps?

Shweta - April 27, 2017 Reply

Wow! Great information you shared. It is so useful information for travelers. Thanks for sharing it.

wes - March 1, 2017 Reply

I am a Canadian citizen working in Portugal. I have a temporary two year Portuguese residency card ( titulo de residencia ) . I have lost my passport while in the Azores. My question is, if i don’t find my passport am i able to fly back to Lisbon with just my Portuguese residency card? this is a local flight with Ryan air.

    maitravelsite - March 2, 2017 Reply

    Hey Wes. When you loose a passport you have to immediately speak with your consulate. They will give you a temporary travel authorization sheet that will allow you to go where you need to. The fact that it’s an internal flight is even easier and I believe the card should be enough. Double check with Ryanair though as they are quite picky and annoying with things they shouldn’t be (I know this based on experience!). Hope this helps!

Carolina Soares - February 26, 2017 Reply

Hi Frederico, how are you?

I have a question, I overstayed my tourist visa in england for only two days, you think that would be a problem when I apply for my spouse visa? (I will get marry in this october and apply for my visa.)

Thank you.

    maitravelsite - March 2, 2017 Reply

    Hi Carolina! Two days is not much time, I think you’ll be fine. Make sure you can easily explain the reason though…

      Carolina Soares - March 2, 2017 Reply

      I have a explanation but is pretty silly and stupid. My fiancée booked my bus ticket to france, flight france/morroco and than morroco/brazil without let me know the date, and when he realized was too late, all the tickets were non-refundable. So not sure if this would be a excuse, we didnt want to loose all the money from thee tickets, because also mine has his tickets as well, so was sooo much money involve. ><

        maitravelsite - March 14, 2017 Reply

        Oi Carolina,

        Almost all airline tickers can have the due date changed, though there will of course be a fee which is usually between 150-200 USD. This said, if you only overstay a few days you probably will be fine. Are you still in France?

esmarelda - August 11, 2016 Reply

hi my name is Esmarelda. I went to Sweden 10 May 2016 till the 08 Aug 2016 and my passport say I can stay for 81 days but I did not know at the time I overstayed by 6 days. will I get a fine and can I apply for a new visa to go back to Sweden. they check my passport and they said I overstayed but he did not write in my passport. are I still safe to go back

    maitravelsite - August 24, 2016 Reply

    Hi Esmeralda. 6 days is not much and if they didn’t write anything you’re probably safe to go back. I wouldn’t worry much. Enjoy Sweden!

Christi - August 2, 2016 Reply

Hi,
I am desperatey need your expert opinion. I got overstayed in netherlands for 5 months, I was with my boyfriend and we hope to get married there but couldnt happen as I am only carrying a tourist visa. Unfortunately, the police checked me and had interviews, i told them I didnt realized my schengen visa has expired as i thought its expiration is August (08-04-2016 as written on my visa), instead it was April and also I have Uk visa that will expires august 03, and I applied both visa at the same time that why I thought the validity is the same, and the date format in the schengen visa is quite confusing that I overlook 08-04 should be read as April 08 and not August 04. They told me I have to leave netherlands within 28 days. They interviewed me and my boyfriend telling them we have intention to get married and we proved to them that we are really a true couple. They didnt give me a fine or get ban decision and advised me since my bf is eu citizen I shall reapply for new visa that will allow me to stay with eu citizen partner. They said they will give me a chance and no alert or bad mark will be put in my record either they wont put a deportation stamp at all in my passport but only a normal exit stamp. They give me several letters, letter i will show at airport upon picking up of my passport, police report that indicates I can return in netherlands or does not indicate that I cannot return to netherlands, and a letter that says I shall report to them every monday within the 28 days. But of course if i left the country already then it will not applies anymore. So me and my fiance are worried that when I reapply for visa i will be denied due to overstay even i wasnt penalized or deported but they just allowed me to leave the country, and they advised me to apply in Dutch embassy “only” when I reapply for schengen but that I should apply for a visa to stay with eu citizen so that it will allow us to get married there, its like a temporary residence visa since my bf is eu citizen but living and working in netherlands. I am really worried about getting denied when I reapply for a new visa and got so much into depression thinking I wont be able to be with my fiance again. We think of all other option. 1. To leave before my uk visa expires but authorities want me to leave only out of netherlands and even if i told them that its much better maybe I rather leave from Uk so my passport will remain good but they wont leave me by bus going UK (coz no border control if by land so i wont get exit stamp out of NL that will show my passport that I got overstayed in a schengen), but instead i will still need to leave by plane going to uk and it wont make sense coz i will still get an exit stamp in NL that will still show i am overstayed when I apply for new visa. Option 2. Since they will not put any anything in my record either in my passport, i can leave out of NL before the date I mistakenly thought its expiration and so that even they put exit stamp I can just explain to dutch embassy that I mistakenly overlook the date and also by the way the police told me to never mention about the police incident upon applying for new visa. Option 3. To declare I lost my passport and get a new one when I reapply for visa, though I dont know if they could still track my travel record if they wont see the stamps as I declared my passport as lost and also I will be applying for Dutch embassy which is the same country I was caught so I dont know if the report will show there on their record even if the police said it wont as it is only for police data and will not show into any foreign affairs record or system, unless I violate the 28 days period to leave. Option 4. Days after the incident, my fiance found out he doesnt need a visa going to my country and so its much better we’ll just marry in my country, update my status even I can request for new passport with married name, then apply for new visa as a spouse. I wonder if would it still affect my visa application as a legal spouse of eu citizen even i had history of overstaying but not banned or deported or even get fined? I am really desperate of finding a solution on how I can be with my fiance again and stay with him together coz we really dont want to be far away from each other for long. I am not sure if getting married will help with my visa application and make sure they wont deny it because of what happen. I hope you could help me understand this kind of situation coz I really dont wanna lose the only person that matters to me. Thank you

    Brian - August 3, 2016 Reply

    Hi – I am not sure what Federico would say but I had a similar experience in France – no overstay issues but getting a carte de sejour for my wife. I found the best way was to get the advice of an immigration consultant. He cost me 50 euros an hour but in two hours I had all that I needed. I could even pay him to represent me when I went to apply.
    Nevertheless, under EU rules, the spouse of an EU citizen is entitled to be with that EU citizen. Each country in the EU applies this slightly differently – they will want to be sure that it is a real marriage for example. So you have a joint bank account, things like that. But my advice is go talk to a consultant who specialises in the Dutch system. – you can find them on the internet. By the way – there is a risk that if the UK Border people see that you have overstayed your Schengen visa they might cancel your UK visa – it has happened.

      Christi - August 3, 2016 Reply

      Hi Brian,
      Thanks for your response. Have u got overstayed also but wasnt sanctioned or whatsoever? They told me to get a new visa,not the tourisy one,so i can be with my fiance in NL again and get married but I really have to leave and they wont harm my record. My fiance think the best option is just to get married instead in my country and apply for family reunification visa in dutch embassy but my big worry is that they might use my overstay issue against me as it will reflect on exit stamps on my passport anyway even they didnt tagged me for overstay. I am not sure if declaring my passport as lost will helps when i reapply for the visa after we get married. I appreciate your response.

        Brian - August 4, 2016 Reply

        It was my wife and daughter who overstayed by quite a few months. We had no problem coming and going. But we also had no problem with the police too. It may depend on your nationality, for example, some nationalities are given a Schengen visa automatically on arrival. Again I recommend that you find someone who specialises in these things in the Netherlands. They will provide you with the best advice because they will know how the EU rules are applied there. Also have a look at http://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/entry-exit/non-eu-family/index_en.htm you may find this has some useful info.

          Christi - August 4, 2016 Reply

          Hi Brian,
          I have checked the site and its very informative, atleast its give me an idea on how I shall start the process. It is very informative. Thank u for sharing it to me. I will appreciate more advise, pls. Specially with those who had the similar situation. Best of luck to everyone!

          maitravelsite - August 9, 2016 Reply

          Hi Christi, hi and thanks Brian for stepping in and helping Christi out.

          After carefully reading the conversation I would recommend 2 of the four options you mention, either number 2 or number 4. Immigration already gave you a solution to the problem, and while anything can happen at customs no matter what you’re told, you already have important paperwork with you that will help your interests. However, if you can get married overseas, it seems like a fairly legit solution too. Please note that having overstayed does not directly mean denial to another visa, specially if authorities believe you and provided handy documentation.

          For what it’s worth, my wife is not from the EU (although she now has an EU passport) but during the early days I was told by an airport agent that when entering the EU she could and should come with me and join the line of the EU nationals. We weren’t even married then but, as a couple, were traveling together and should do the same at immigration points.

          Oh and as far as declaring a passport a lost could help or not, there is no one answer. I’m quite sure that the immigration agent will see in his screen that the passport is a replacement for a lost passport, and if he decides to check past records he might see you overstayed once. If, on the other hand, he feels lazy (or there’s a long line and is stressed) he might skip checking it.

          Let us know which way you decide to go!

          PS I’m quite confident you’ll be fine no matter what you decide to do.

Sibi - July 16, 2016 Reply

HI Maitravelsite,

I just want to ask something I hope you can help me.
I overstayed my schengen tourist visa for 11 months and told them that I lost my passport and I traveled back home using a travel document issued by the Philippines embassy in Netherlands, and now I am here in the Philippines and I have a schedule interview in the USA embassy here for tourist visa application next month with my new passport.. Do you think that the US embassy will know about my overstaying history in the Schengen Country and if that can affect my us tourist visa application? thank you.

    maitravelsite - July 21, 2016 Reply

    Hi Sibi! They could know it but I feel it is highly unlikely because it’s a new passport that I suppose has no stamps. It is also for another continent so it shouldn’t affect your visa request. Best of lucks and I hope this helps! 🙂

Luca - July 4, 2016 Reply

Hello! I would really appreciate some advice! Im on a tourist visa in Ireland, from Canada, and it ends July 18. I have a job offer for 2 weeks from August 9 to August 23. This will make me 35 days late overstaying my visa, but will pay for my flight to Australia. Are there repercussions if I want to visit other EU countries (or any other countries) afterwords?? There’s no immigration check when leaving Ireland I’ve read and been told…. I’m okay to not come back to Ireland (no offence!) but other EU countries would be very detrimental…I would appreciate any advice I can get, thank you kindly.

    maitravelsite - July 4, 2016 Reply

    Hey Luca! Overstaying one month is quite a bit, but you do have a “good passport” . There is no way of knowing if there will be any consequences, and mind you your passport can be checked. I can’t tell you what to do, but odd’s are probably on your favor…

      Luca - July 5, 2016 Reply

      Thank you kindly for taking the time to reply, it is very much appreciated.

        maitravelsite - July 7, 2016 Reply

        You’re welcome!

Brian - June 18, 2016 Reply

Hi, I am an EU citizen holidaying in Senegal with an entry date of 7/4/2016 in my UK passport. I have had to delay my departure for a few days and will now leave on 9/7/2016 which by my reckoning will put me 3/4 days over the 90 day limit. I have visited the country many times and always been within the visa limits … this will be my first time to overstay. I’m planning to just turn up at the airport … are you aware of any sanctions that may apply? Thanks

    maitravelsite - July 4, 2016 Reply

    Hey Brian, I’m pretty sure that there’s some kind of sanction that can be applied, but I was not able to figure out how much. Odds are though that any problem of the sort can be solved with money (if you know what I mean)…

      Brian - July 5, 2016 Reply

      Thanks for your reply – I ended up making a short trip to The Gambia so got my passport stamped again on reentry to Senegal – got to see another country – albeit a small one! Cheers Brian

        maitravelsite - July 7, 2016 Reply

        Good news Brian! Gambia is a sweet little country, been there myself. And you got another stamp! Thanks for the update and dropping by 🙂

Ankur - June 14, 2016 Reply

Hi,

I traveled to France on a multiple entry tourist visa From November to February this year. I had to overstay by a few days because there was a mishap with my flights and the agency I booked through did not tell me I needed a transit visa to cross through London on my way back to India (home country) and because of this I had to book another set of flights back (also considering the cost)

I had no trouble coming back to India as it was a couple of days and well within the total limit date of my visa (I overstayed the number of days allowed but not the visa expiry date)

I am planning on going back France, should I mention in my cover letter that I had to overstay because of this mishap or just apply without letting the embassy know?

    maitravelsite - June 16, 2016 Reply

    Hello Ankur. Tell you what, I wouldn’t have thought that you needed a transient visa for the UK either if you weren’t leaving the airport! all things said you should be fine. It was only a few days, nobody said anything on the way out so I would apply as normal, but again that’s what I would do. Hope this helps and bon voyage!

      Flor - June 20, 2016 Reply

      Hi!I entered india through Etv june 14, 2016 and it will expire july 13, 2016.My ticket going back to Malaysia is july 15 because i booked it earlier than when i received my Etv.Will it be possible india immigration give 2 days extension?pls help.thanks

        maitravelsite - July 4, 2016 Reply

        Hi Flor. India customs agents are known to be a pain the b&** . If you’re planning on staying those two extra days make sure you get some kind of official paper that permits this, otherwise you may encounter more trouble than you want to. Or change the flight…

DONNA - May 26, 2016 Reply

HELP , THIS LOOKS LIKE I HAVE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE. I AM AN OLDER CANADIAN WOMAN VISITING TUNISIA FOR THE 5TH TIME. I CANNOT GET HOLD OF THE CANADIAN EMBASSY HERE NO MATTER WHAT I DO. I AM WAITING FOR MY FRIEND TO GET THEIR VISA TO LEAVE HERE SO WE CAN LEAVE TOGETHER. THE VISA IS GAURANTEED BUT TAKING LONGER. I WILL HAVE STAYED IN TUNISIA 32 EXTRA DAYS AT THE TIME MY FRIENDS VISA IS ISSUED. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ME? I HEAR VARING THINGS FROM A 20 DINAR A WEEK PENALTY TO A 100 DINAR A DAY PENALTY. PLEASE ADVISE. THANKYOU SO MUCH

    maitravelsite - May 27, 2016 Reply

    Hi Donna,

    Odds are that a penalty will happen, but the amount will depend on the mood of the immigration agents. I recommend you walk up to the embassy and make sure you find someone, you might be able to get an extension that would cover the extra time but who knows. Other than having to pay some money (which you might not even have to) I don’t think there’s anything else to worry about. Hope this helps!

Josephine Hernandez - May 26, 2016 Reply

Hi. I’m a Filipino,married to british husband.we have house in Bulgaria where my son and I just recently visit. We flew out to Hanoi embassy,get and granted a visit visavisa which covers 60 days. We entered Bulgaria last Dec.31 2015,. We got no any problem entering BG. But on our date of leaving bg to Phil. We were stopped by immigration. And unknowingly my 4 !month old baby and I overstayed for few days. I was interviewed in a really nice way though. I honestly didn’t know we overstayed as. The no. Of days staying in BG on my visa is 53 days. I assumed its all OK as it also states our date of departure in our visa. I assumed nothing was wrong, and all OK as we left on the exact date stated on my date of exit in my visa which is march 3 2016. Upon realising and counting again. Yes we overstayed. They interviewed me though in a real nice way. Didn’t give me fine or being banned. He just us go. Though he knows I have definite plan of coming back. He just said next time be careful on counting days.
So I’m now confused, do I have to worry? Or will it bring much trouble on my next visit to Bulgaria? And another question is what kind of stamped they’re doing when you overstayed? I only got exit stamp from BG immigration though. I hope somebody will help or enlighten me on this kind of issue as I’m worrying a lot now for me and my baby.. Many thanks jho

    Josephine Hernandez - May 26, 2016 Reply

    Sorry just to clarify. It was march 6,2016 when we left Bulgaria. Not march 3. Sorry for typo errors.. Many thanks.

    maitravelsite - May 27, 2016 Reply

    Hi Josephine, it seems that you were allowed to continue to travel with no problems. From what you’re saying you’re fine and should be able to return without any trouble. At the end of the day most of the problems have to do with the attitude of the customs agent. They probably saw you hadn’t realized, were traveling with family, and so no need to make a big deal as it was only a few days. Good for you! 🙂

Jasmin - April 12, 2016 Reply

Hi Federico.

Thanks for your quick reply. Do you mean that i still have to purchase the tourist visa for 30 days regardless my passport is visa exempted for 30 days of my first entry to Cambodia?

    maitravelsite - April 12, 2016 Reply

    From what you said if you travel into the country because you are visa exempt you will have to leave it within 30 days. Being visa exempt means that you are “given” at no cost a tourist visa for 30 days. However if you have this “ordinary” visa you can stay in the country for as long as you like if you extend it from within. This would avoid you having to leave…

    Please see question 13 here http://www.embassyofcambodia.org/faq.html 🙂

      Jasmin - April 14, 2016 Reply

      Thank you so much Federico…i understand now. Will apply for the ordinary visa.

        maitravelsite - April 19, 2016 Reply

        You’re welcome! 🙂

Jasmin - April 11, 2016 Reply

Hi Federico!

You are very informative. I have a few enquiries. I am Malaysian and will be travelling to Cambodia very soon. As Malaysian is exempted from visa in Cambodia and only allowed to stay for a period of 30 days, is there a way I can extend my stay there? If I can’t, will i have to travel back to my country and stamp my passport there and how long before I can enter Cambodia again? Or can i just go to any Cambodia border to get it stamp i.e Thailand or Vietnam then re-enter again and how long will it take before i can re-enter. Thank you.

    maitravelsite - April 12, 2016 Reply

    Hey Jasmin! You should be able to extend your stay by asking for a visa extension, or can simply get an “ordinary” visa instead of a tourist visa which costs around 35 USD.

    The difference between the ordinary visa and the tourist visa is that the ordinary one can be extended indefinitely. Be aware that although the “ordinary” visa is often called a “business visa,” it does not allow the right to work in Cambodia. In order to be legally employed, you will need a Cambodia work permit.

    Once you have your first 30-day ordinary visa for Cambodia, you can extend it from inside the country for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months. It’s advisable to extend it for 6 or 12 months, as these visa types are multiple-entry. The 1- and 3-month ordinary visas are single-entry only, meaning that if you leave for a weekend trip to Vietnam, you’ll need to get a new Cambodian visa when you return.

    You can get more info here http://www.tourismcambodia.com/tripplanner/essential-information/visa-passport.htm

    Hope this helps Jasmin!

In Need - March 31, 2016 Reply

May I please email you privately? I really desperately need help in regards to this issue.

    maitravelsite - April 12, 2016 Reply

    You did email me, and we’re still in touch. Keep me posted!

Kassie - March 26, 2016 Reply

Hi! Thanks for this article! I’m hoping you can give some advice. I am currently staying in the Schengen zone (greece). I need to get back to the UK from the middle of April – End of May where I have my flight back to Canada (home country and where passport is from). When I was planning my trip, I was planning my schengen on the old rules, ie. first day of entry is the first day of my 180 days. Did not spend more than 90 of those 180 days in the Schengen zone (spend about half the time in the UK, Canada, and Croatia) and then after the 180 days I re-entered. However I’ve just realised that the rules have changed so that the 180 days are ‘floating’. Putting this new rule into account I’ve overstayed my visa for almost one month. My flight is booked back to Canada May 25. I have no problem changing plans to immediately leave greece but not sure which is the best way to do it. Should I fly directly to the UK where they are strict on border control and hope for the best? Or should I try to go to another country like Albania or Croatia where they may not be as strict, and then enter the UK again from there. Or is there another option I am missing since this was an honest mistake not sure if there is anything I can do!

Thanks so much

K

    maitravelsite - March 28, 2016 Reply

    Hi Kassie,

    Truth is that nothing you do guarantees you can get back to Canada without being penalized; in fact you are just as likely to go through the UK and find not trouble at all. Why? It all depends on the customs agents you find along the way and the mood they’re in. Because of this there’s no fail proof to anything. Unless you already have plans to travel to these other destinations I would suggest you just travel as planned and be honest about what the problem is. You have a “good” passport, so you shouldn’t have much of a problem IMO. Then again, remember that this is an opinion based on experience but if you encounter a moody agent you might have some minor trouble (penalty fee). Hope this helps!

      kassie - April 12, 2016 Reply

      Thank you so much for your response! I appreciate it so much! I ended up getting back in to the UK no problems. The airline looked closer at my passport than either passport control leaving schengen or entering UK so I was lucky! I’m hoping you can advise me on one more thing! So I have overstayed but didn’t get caught. I am supposed to be re-entering the Schengen in May for a bachelorette party. If I’ve calculated correctly, the entry in May won’t be in violation of the rules. If I count back 180 days from the day in May I plan to enter, I have stayed less than 90 days. However, it will only be 6 weeks since I last left and overstayed. Is there a chance of getting caught/deported/penalised as I re-enter the shcengen (and then re-enter the UK again for my flight home). Can it be retro-active at all? Thanks!

        maitravelsite - April 12, 2016 Reply

        Hi Kassie! Good to know all went well, thanks for updating! Regarding your question, once you leave you are fine and should not be penalized for re-entering if you’re in good terms. However you may get a picky customs agent, who could see you overstayed before, and then get you into some kind of trouble again based on a previous violation. You’ll have to decide if it’s worth it…

Sarah - March 23, 2016 Reply

Hello, I have a question about overstaying in Peru. I am very confused…I have dual nationality USA/Perú I used my American passport last time I entered Peru, that is 4 years ago, I assumed that since I have all my paperwork up to date like my IDs and I vote in both countries, that I could stay in both countries as long as I wanted. Now I am worried that I will have to pay a fine, I have just came a cross a person who had a problem like that, but was an American but did not have dual citizenship like I do. Am I worrying for nothing? I really hope so, because I would not be able to pay a 4 year fine, and I have a ticket to go back to America. I do have to get a new passport because I lost it, but I am sure they will have a record of me entering the country 4 years ago. Please help me. Thanks in advance.
I tried calling on the phone to the embassy but they will only talk to emergency cases,and they do not consider this an emergency.

    maitravelsite - March 23, 2016 Reply

    Hi Sarah, I would not worry about it as I have done the same, only that my passports are from the US and Spain. This said I have never been four years within Spain without leaving it, but I have been more time than what the tourist visa would allow and left without problems. I’ve also done this more than once. In other words not worries because you are a citizen of the country 🙂

Eslam - March 16, 2016 Reply

Good morning,
I’m a citizen of Egypt, currently staying in Northern Cyprus on a 15 days tourist visa (stamp). What options do I have if I want to stay for a longer period, and what are the possible consequences of overstaying those 15 days ?
Thanks in advance. Regards

    maitravelsite - March 20, 2016 Reply

    Hi Eslam. Overstaying can result on anything from nothing (if very lucky), a fee (which can be large), being banned from re-entering or being thrown into jail (worse case scenario, not common at all). You many want to ask immigration if you can apply for a tourist visa extension or some different visa altogether. Sorry for not getting back to you earlier…

Gabby - February 28, 2016 Reply

Hi,

I need help here urgently. I’m a Malaysian and 9 years ago I overstayed in the UK for 2 months and was sent back (holding a visa student at that time). Now, I’m working for a multinational company and we selected for corporate bonus trip. We are entering Germany as incentive trip, so, would I have problem entering Germany since no visa is required?

Please advise.

    maitravelsite - March 9, 2016 Reply

    Gabby, so sorry for taking so long to get back to you, I was away. If you were not banned from re-entering you should be fine, and the UK is not a Schengen country anyhow… hope this helps!

Ana Paula - January 25, 2016 Reply

Hi, your site was the only one giving some good in site on boarder control… im freaking out… Im Brazilian and was a student in Italy and my student visa was valid until 30 of December 2015
I left Italy on the 3 of December, and went to UK were stayed for 12 days. After that I came to Dublin and Brazilians are aloud 90 days in ireland. So I didn’t even checked my stamp. So today I was checking my passport and realised they gave me a weird stamp of 22 days… that expired in 7 of January. Witch is way early than the 90 days agreement… So I’m freaking out and don’t know how to proceed. It was a honest mistake… Have my ticket flying back to Brazil in 12 days. Have no idea what to do. Any advice?

    maitravelsite - January 25, 2016 Reply

    Oi Ana Paula!

    Is your flight to BR from Ireland? Your visa expired 15 days ago, and 12 days more will mean a month. You have three four options:

    1) Risk everything and just leave when you have your flight, though this could mean a penalty fee and a ban from re-entering Ireland or even EU
    2) Call immigration and tell them about your problem, see what they can do without changing the flight
    3) Change your departure date ASAP so that consequences will be minimal.
    4) You could fly to the UK and back to Ireland (assuming your flight to Brazil is from Ireland). Passports from the UK are not checked as thoroughly and you can return with a longer visa, but I’m not sure it’s worth it for 12 days?

    My suggestion is you start with 2 (without giving too many details) and then decide. Hope this helps? Let us know what you do!

Ada - January 14, 2016 Reply

Hello! We are travelling to Philippines and we just realised that the our visas expire 3 days before our return. We thought we could stay 30 days but apparently we can stay 21 days. D you thing that we will have a problem if we stay 3 days more? and if yes, what kind of problem? do we have to pay penalty?and if yes, any idea of how much more or less? Many thanks for your help!

    jose - January 16, 2016 Reply

    hi have u found out cuz i bought a ticket for 1 day extra and idk what to do

      maitravelsite - January 17, 2016 Reply

      Hello Jose,

      Please check the comment I left in response to Ada, it might help you too 🙂

      Melissa - February 6, 2016 Reply

      I’m in United Kingdom (Northern Ireland) and I’m from United States and I only have a passport.. my question is what may happen if I stay past my 6 months period by staying 8 months in United Kingdom? Will border control or immigration hunt me down and deport me or ban me from the country? Please respond asap thank you.

        maitravelsite - February 7, 2016 Reply

        Hey Melissa,

        Nobody will hunt you down, but when the time to leave comes you might be fined, not sure how much though and it’s difficult to tell as it really depends on the person you’re dealing with. You might even get away with it! I don’t think you’ll be banned from re-entering the country as yours is a “good” passport to have. In theory it can happen, but if you’re reasons are compelling enough being banned should not be an issue. You may want to call immigration and ask home much the fine can be… hope this helps!

          Melissa - February 9, 2016 Reply

          Thank you for your reply. I have another question. If I was to go to Ireland for 30 days just before my 6 months is up and return back to United Kingdom after the 30 days how can I inform border control that I’ve left United Kingdom so that they may not fine me. I can’t afford to be fined. But I also need to stay around here longer than 6 months. I will be going home to my country but I also need to be safe.

          maitravelsite - February 9, 2016 Reply

          No problem! Ask them to stamp your passport whenever you leave a country/ enter one. This can show that you’ve been there, if it’s what you want… Note too that the allocated time is per year. This means that if you leave for some weeks and return, your amount of days does not go back to zero. In other words, you can be in the UK 180 out of every 360. Does this help?

    maitravelsite - January 17, 2016 Reply

    Hello Ada! Well, turns out that you’re in a similar situation I found myself in when I reached the Philippines. I arrived to the country on a one way flight, not knowing how long I wanted to stay knowing that 3 weeks was the limit. Customs would not let me into the country unless I showed proof of purchase of an outbound flight. So I kind of lied to get myself into the country as I did not want to allocate three weeks if for some reason I did not like it, and just showed them an itinerary of a flight saying that I had bought it. All this to say that they are quite picky and you might find yourself in trouble, ranging from a penalty to simply being banned.

    Yet rules have changed and the 21 day limit has been extended to 30 for a large number of countries. In this link of the official Immigration website of the you’ll find a list of the countries who’s visas have been extended from 21 to 20 days. If you want to extend the visa anyhow (which is also possible) this link will tell what forms are needed and how to extend a visa for the Philippines.

    Hope this helps!

    PS Sorry for taking three days to answer!

      Ada - January 17, 2016 Reply

      Thanks for your reply!!!
      Yes, 30 days is now the limit! Great! So, I have nothing to worry about.
      We will fly to Vietnam (Hanoi) from Manila and I just realised that we need to pay £52! for the visa (greek passport)… I think it is the most expensive visa that I have seen!!! And we just need to spend 15-20 days there…and after Cambodia…any ideas if i applied the e visa? is it secure? thanks again!!!

        maitravelsite - January 18, 2016 Reply

        Hi Ada!

        Good to hear that things are on the smooth side again. Yup, the visa is quite expensive. I used the e-visa option when I went and had no problem. If I’m not mistaken I paid 25 USD (pick up on arrival) but then this was years ago…

          Ada - January 19, 2016 Reply

          Great Federico!
          Many thanks for your help and advices!!!
          Keep on the good job in this website!

          Take care
          Ada

          maitravelsite - January 25, 2016 Reply

          You are most welcome Ada! 🙂

    Faye - February 29, 2016 Reply

    Hi Ada,

    I’m a Filipino citizen, it’s so EASY..you just have to ask an extension of stay in the nearest immigration office wherever you are and pay for 3000 pesos.
    This site can help you; http://www.living-in-the-philippines.com/visa-extension-philippines.shtml

      maitravelsite - March 9, 2016 Reply

      Thanks for sharing this Faye!

Beli - January 1, 2016 Reply

Hi Federico,I really need your help right now! I am Canadian,I got a 6 months tourist visa to India just after I graduated in my BFA from China.
I’m here for 148 days now,my ticket to leave India is just 2 days before the visa ends.
But just yesterday,I tried checking in a hotel and failed because they told me there’s a small line written below: “EACH STAY NOT TO EXCEED 90 DAYS”,which I had no idea about,the only thing I know is that my visa is suppose to be valid for 6 months of stay.
I have my plane tickets on 13th of Jan to U.S.,and 27th of Jan to Canada.My mom is waiting for me in U.S.,we planned to visit for 2 weeks then head back to Canada. There is no refound for canceling the tickets..And I don’t know what’ll happen or what to do right now. Is there gonna be a problem for me to enter U.S.? Are they gonna allow me on the plane? I can’t afford losing a lot of money as I’m already left with pennys after this trip.And my mom is gonna be so angry at me..> <please help me..

    maitravelsite - January 4, 2016 Reply

    Hey Beli,

    Sorry I didn’t see this until today. You won’t have a problem entering the US, but there might be an issue leaving India (from what I hear they are quite picky). You may be fined when leaving, but I don’t know how much- fortunately the currency exchange is favorable as you have CAD. You may want to call India immigration directly after calling the Canadian consulate to give them a heads up- and you may get from them what can happen. You sent this message 3 days ago..let me know how you are and what’s going in.

    Federico

      Beli - January 16, 2016 Reply

      Great News!!! Everything went well,I’m in U.S. right now,thanks for guiding me! I’ll share the story to you all:
      So after your suggestion I tried to call Canadian Consulate,they didn’t pick up their calls,even with the 24/7 number.. Well luckily I’ve found an emergancy e-mail contact which is: sos@international.gc.ca ,they replied the next day,saying:
      As permission to exit/ enter a country is the sole prerogative of the host country, your will need to contact the nearest Foreigner’s Registration Office (FRO) to your present residence in India to enquire about visa extension or issuance of an exit visa. The FRO is usually situated at the office of the local Commissioner of Police or District Superintendent of Police. Alternately, you may contact the Ministry of Home Affairs of India (www.mha.nic.in).contacted.Thank You.

      And so I contacted the Delhi(where I stayed)FRO,they told me to go to their office on Monday. That was a Friday I called around 16:30(Their opening time is 9:30-18:00 but they don’t pick up new applications after 15:00. )
      So I asked him to hold on,I have a few questions:Is there anything I can prepare for these 2 days to make the process faster? Caues my flight is leaving in 4 days.
      He said:just come to the office on Monday,ok,byebye..
      I was in India for 5 months..So these behaviors are nothing new to me..I explained again that it’s an emergancy so I need to know what all I need to carry that day,I don’t have extra days to prepare for those.
      Than he said: Ok,carry a copy of your passport and visa,and a photo.
      I tried to make sure asked if that’s all,He said: Yes,that’s all,come on monday.
      So I prepared that,and on Monday before going I called them again to make sure of my appointment before leaving,he seemed to remember me when I answered them about my nationality.
      Cause straightly he said: Don’t come today,fill up an online form for exit permit and you’ll get a date to visit my office..
      I was just going to burst when I heard that..I simpliy shouted why didn’t you tell me that on Friday! I told you that my flight is leaving tomorrow I can’t miss it!
      My Indian friends were beside me and worried..telling me don’t be angry with these pple..
      He was like a robot! Repeating the same thing. After hanging up I was super nurves about what might happen,cause these pple seem to not care about others at all!
      So by filling this form,you’ll need your Photo,Indian Visa Copy(PDF),Passport Copy(PDF),And you’ll need your Proof Of Residence in PDF.Last page of that form,details would be mentioned.
      In my case,I lived at my friend’s rented appartment,so I’ll need A Copy Of Electric Bill From With The Same Address,And I Need The Landlord To Write A Letter About Me Staying At His Place,Signed,And One Of His Identity Proof With The Same Address On It.
      Here’s the website:http://indianfrro.gov.in/frro/menufrro.jsp
      After completing the application form,you can choose a date to visit the FRO which is writen in the last page,so I chose the earlist date which luckily was just the next day.
      You’ll need to print it out carry it to the visa office with a photo,passport print,visa print,proof of residence print.
      Do go early in the morning cause these gov workers really know how to take their time..
      So before going,my Indian friends gave me some really great suggestions of dealing with them..
      They said: Indians are very emotional,if you act like a little girl who doesn’t know anything and if necessary cry a bit,they’ll just let you go,and always let them know that you’re a student.
      So that’s what I did,I told them that I’m a student,just graduted,this is my first time traveling,and the visa officers didn’t tell me anything about the 90 days rule,I always thought I can stay for 6 months..
      First they all said it’s imposible for you to leave today no matter what situation you have..
      I tried crying a little than the old grandpas finally got soften a bit,gave me a chance to speak,and I showed him that I was just using the scholarship money saved for this trip,stayed free at my friend’s place,can’t afford losing my flight,or I can’t go back anymore..So he tried to help me and at last they all agreed. They were really nice everyone stayed late at the end,I left past 18:00,and they charged me 1800rs only.
      But NEVER NEVER try it over a lady officer,Indian ladies always try to be very strict with people when they have to power to.
      So at last it was finished at my last day,there were no problem at all at the airport.
      Thanks again for you help!

        maitravelsite - January 17, 2016 Reply

        Beli,

        Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! Many other readers will benefit from this. I’m also very happy to learn that everything went well and you managed to leave on the due date. It was also very smart of you to call often and repeatedly asking the same questions to make sure they provided the answers, otherwise you wouldn’t have been as successful. A good tip for everyone! I’m not sure the crying part will work for males or people over 25 though 😉 Good for you and have a great year!

elmer - December 30, 2015 Reply

gud day sir! i had question,, can i visit again uganda, last year 2013 i was stayed 9 months, and when i leave the country my special past was expire 20 days, now i hold my new pasport.. can i visit again in uganda without problem,,,thank you..

    maitravelsite - January 4, 2016 Reply

    Hello Elmer, happy 2016! Did you get any kind of warning when you left, or was it all smooth? If you were not told anything my best guess is that you are already to travel to Uganda again. If you want to make sure I would call a consulate just in case. Remember too that this is an opinion based on experience, but they may have taken notes somewhere and pushed something without you knowing. I recommend you check with immigration (just make up some story with a questions about a new passport).

      elmer - January 4, 2016 Reply

      they asked me if i come back, then i told them maybe i comeback, then they stamp my pasport, without saying,,

        maitravelsite - January 5, 2016 Reply

        If this is the case I think you should be fine 🙂

          elmer - January 5, 2016 Reply

          thank you very much for the advice,,, and happy new year!

          maitravelsite - January 12, 2016 Reply

          You’re welcome!

AmazingManilaGirl8888 - December 2, 2015 Reply

Hello there! I have just passed my second application for a Visit Visa in the UK. I was first issued a Multiple Entry, 6 month visa last 2013. Now, I am quite worried if I will be able to get another approval because of what happened during my first travel. On 2013, I stayed in the UK for almost 5 months. (seems okay…) BUT, the intended travel period that I stated in my first VISA application was just 30 days. I don’t know if I really have to be worried because my visa states that I am allowed to stay in the UK for a maximum of 180 days. Is this a case of overstaying? Will this affect my second application?

Please advise

    maitravelsite - December 14, 2015 Reply

    Hi Riri! From what you say you did not overstay your visa (still had a month to go)so you should be fine. Hope this helps! 🙂

    Melissa - December 27, 2015 Reply

    My question is that I’m visiting the UK using only my passport. My visit is just only for 3 weeks but my fiance is very sick. I was wondering if I could stay past my passport stamp done by border control. If so will I be allowed to enter again on my next visit. I wouldn’t be staying but maybe 2 or 3 weeks past my stamp and I’m visiting in Northern Ireland. Please help

      maitravelsite - December 28, 2015 Reply

      Hi Melissa,

      Overstaying by three weeks (and in fact even just one day) can get you banned. It all depends on the mood of the people you’d be dealing with. If you can I suggest you visit for the allocated time, but if you know you’re going to overstay you have to be ready to deal with the consequences. One or two days are easier to get away with, but two or three weeks is longer. Can’t you get a multiple entry visa, or leave and return to get a new stamp?

        Melissa - December 28, 2015 Reply

        Thank you for your reply. I can’t leave and come right back. I’ll keep in mind about the country banning me. I just want to make sure my fiance is better and not still sick.

          maitravelsite - January 4, 2016 Reply

          Best of lucks Melissa!

Anatoly - November 16, 2015 Reply

Hello, I am Indian national and came to Maldives on 90days tourist visa. Now, I have overstayed about a week here in Maldives. Now,they are telling to pay penalty for overstaying and deportation from the country. If I pay for the overstaying, can I get visa extention? Or in any case I will be deported, even if I pay the penalty?

Thanks

    maitravelsite - November 16, 2015 Reply

    I have the feeling you will be deported, but really all these things depend on how you are able to relate with the people. Paying the penalty though will probably allow you to return, where as if you don’t it could get more complicated for you…besides denying you entry ever again until you pay (and even if). A week though is not much, you should be able to make it work out for you. Good luck and I hope this helps!

liza - November 8, 2015 Reply

hi i am a Bangladeshi citizen , i became overstay in malaysia for 6 months, during this time i was trying to do working visa, after that i cleared my overstay through an agent, in my passport i got final chop for special pass for 21 days, i came back from the KL august 21, my question is if i try to go back to the KL with student visa is there will be any problem in immigration to enter in malaysia?

    maitravelsite - November 9, 2015 Reply

    Hi Liza! Well, there is no real guarantee about anything as it is a very subjective matter. The good thing is that you were able to fix the initial issue, but they could use it as an excuse to create some sort of trouble when you try to go again. This said I think it is unlikely this will happen because you are going with a a visa already, but do expect questions from the immigration officer. You have the correct paperwork and that should be enough. Hope this helps!

Danielle - October 29, 2015 Reply

Hi, I overstayed in Singapore for around 1 day due to mixed up in dates. I was still 19 years old at that time and I only found out I overstayed when I went to the immigration office to apply for renewal of my student visa. The person told me I overstayed but since it’s my first offence, just don’t do it again. She asked me to write on a blank A4 paper the reason why I apply late (handwritten) and passed it to her. Then she let me go without need to pay fine or any official letter stating that I have overstayed. I received my student pass without having any problem and am able to travel in and out of the country smoothly up until now. I looked up in the internet, those people overstayed in Singapore before, they need to pay fine and had received official letter. My question is, so was I considered overstayed in Singapore?

I am applying for Australian tourist visa and one of the question is have I ever overstayed in any country before. I am not sure how to answer this. Can you please help me with this? Thank you!

    maitravelsite - October 29, 2015 Reply

    Hi Danielle! From what you’re saying the Singaporean officer let you go without further implications, and I understand that your name is not in that new list with people who have overstayed, right? If this is the case and there it no observation in your passport I would say that you have not overstayed. Worst comes to worst, if Australia points this out sometime down the line you explain all this letting them know that you believed Singapore had not considered your case to be an overstay. Remember though that this is what I would do, and it does not guarantee anything. But I think you should be fine. Hope this helps!

      Danielle - October 29, 2015 Reply

      Hi, I am not aware with any list of people who have overstayed though. May I know where to find it?

      Nevertheless, thank you so much for your prompt reply! 🙂

        maitravelsite - October 29, 2015 Reply

        Hey Danielle! I thought that this is what you were referring to when you were talking about the other people who have stayed. I found it weird, but hey. I suppose it exists but is only official. In any case, if you have not been notified any further I think you should be fine…

          Danielle - October 29, 2015 Reply

          Hi,

          Oh, what I meant by ‘those people’ are those people who shared their experience for overstaying in Singapore in various Internet website and forums. Sorry for the confusion!

          And thank you so much, it’s really helpful 🙂

          maitravelsite - October 29, 2015 Reply

          Glad I could help! 🙂

ALEXANDER - September 26, 2015 Reply

Hi am alex
I have overstay in France for 5days with my 90 days tourist stamp and i want to travel back to my country,i want to ask please will there be any problem if i want to com back to France in the later future? please kindly reply as soon as you can.

    maitravelsite - September 26, 2015 Reply

    Hi Alex! Five days is not much so I think you should be fine on your way out and it shouldn’t affect any return in the future. If things do go the wrong way (penalty) it would be a case of bad luck. But it’s not enough of a reason to forbid future returns assuming there are no other things to add. Hope this helps!

sonia velez - September 15, 2015 Reply

I have a situation of my fiancé that is currently in Malaysia.. He is a United State Citizen and have been in the country for Chevron business project and completion of job with the collection of his payment. His visa has been blacklisted and having a difficulty to come back to the state since his visa expired on Aug 16,2015 which is a violation of overstay now… I need to find a way to get fee or how I can get the blacklist remove. They have exhausted all mean and have no more business in the country other than exiting back to the United States. I need some advise or direction on this matter.. We are being advise to remove the blacklist will cost $3000.00 each person which it two individual that were contracted for the project. The have paid all taxes in Malaysia and United States, but require the DP10 visa to be able to cash the check they received from Chevron in the country or need a clearance to bring check home to states to cash the check for job perform. Can some give me advise or a direction? They face arrest, but the have no other business with Malaysia no more. How can we proceed forward in this matter?

    maitravelsite - September 17, 2015 Reply

    Hello Sonia,

    So sorry to hear you are having this major problem. To tell you the truth I have no expertise in this area and cannot give any solid technical advice, but before paying anything I would check on guarantees. I suppose you have spoken with HR people in Chevron …have you insisted? Have you also spoken with the US consulate in KL? What I find odd is that the visa expired before you got the money from Chevron…it doesn’t make sense. I strongly suggest you speak in detail with somebody from the consulate, and if they don’t answer locally call via Skype or what not to embassies in the US, or the department of foreign affairs to see if they can guide you. Hope this helps, I would really like to know the outcome of this.

    Federico

      Sonia Velez - September 27, 2015 Reply

      In my search for answers in Malaysia since my fiancé is now label for over stay in the country. He was there to collect his check and meeting with business team members. The check issue is not small by far, and willing to work with both country Malaysia and United States to settle all debt of clearance of check… Since check only has 10 days validation, every time they get new check the have to go to court for documentation of company check… There requesting 3000.00 usd or better yet myr to be paid to be removed from the blacklist. The check that was paid for service of work with Chevron we have paid Malaysia taxes and United States taxes. They have been work with Bank of America in malaysia to open an account in Malaysia to deposit check, now we face another problem. The passport is good, but since Visa expired they will not validate they can not open a bank account to settle the check in the bank, till immigration money is cleared. It a circle of events from chevron, bank and immigration clearance. I have contact US embassy… This country is know for scammers and fraud behavior there just treating this situation with no interest in my opinion and referring all communication based with scammers, stop talking to them, and really not answering none of my questions….. We have faced all kinds of fee with immigration wanting 3000.00 to be stamped with DP10 visa. This all crazy sounding to me… What do I know about Malaysia and there processes… I really need so guidance anything will help… Thankful not arrested but if caught they will be there for 3 months and deported… Please give me advise and direction to my question.

      Questions;
      Is there any way around the immigration fee?
      How to advise me with Bank account if possible?

      Or just be honest and upfront is these true issue? I am beyond confused, worry, and don’t know how to resolve….

        Sonia Velez - September 27, 2015 Reply

        The problem is the check was issue, but in order for them to bring the check in the United States. The court need to show that check would be process in States, but needed to pay all taxes first which is $2200.00 and $1500.00 court in USD to convert myr to pay taxes and court. I really think we are being taking advantage since they are American Citizen and just trying all possible to get out of country…Since tax rate changes daily if you don’t pay all taxes at once it will continue to increase until it settled.. It just a big headache.. so frustrated and not sure what to do on this matter for my love and simplify resolution…

        maitravelsite - October 1, 2015 Reply

        Hi Sonia,

        What a mess. It really is very complicated, and you’re not getting much help. I don’t think there’s a way around immigration fees, but the amount you mention (3000 usd) is way too high.
        I am not quite sure as how to help, I have gone online and in this link you can contact Chevron HR Headquarters: http://www.chevron.com/contact/humanresources/ . In particular this is the number for payments by the company :
        Payroll Forms
        W-2 Inquiries
        1099 Inquiries
        Chevron Stations Inc. employees should contact the HR/Payroll Department at 1.877.814.4274.

        I suggest you call here having all your documentation ready and see what they say. You should also ask them to extend the 10 day validation to whatever you know you need, and show the proof.

        The only other idea that comes to mind may be contacting a lawyer. Perhaps someone you know knows a reliable one? Sorry I can’t be of more help…

Miyuki - September 10, 2015 Reply

I know a family who is Japanese but the children also have french nationality. So, the children are able to travel the Schengen area no problem. However, their father who does not own a EU passport is with them. He has now overstayed and will like to stay longer. What paperwork should he fill to make this possible? And, what kind of punishments will he receive for overstaying? Is it easy to get a visa when you have direct family who are from the EU?
Thank you

    maitravelsite - September 10, 2015 Reply

    It depends on what country will issue the visa. I do recommend though that if the children have French nationality their father not only tries to obtain a visa but tries to obtain a French passport as well (based n family reunification). Not sure if Japanese nationals are allowed to have a dual citizenship? Overstaying penalties can vary in amount and may even incur deportation, so I suggest he initially calls the closest Japanese consulate first to get up to date information as these things can change often. Hope this helps!

      Miyuki - November 16, 2015 Reply

      I am thinking of vistiting the Japanese consulate regarding the overstay of my Japanese father. Is it also a possiblity to call or email the consulate? Or, is it better if it is not in writen and recorded form?

        maitravelsite - November 16, 2015 Reply

        I would start be calling , and take it from there. Next step is to visit…emails are not replied quickly usually anywhere in the world…

Angela - September 3, 2015 Reply

Hi Sir, my sister has left for Italy last year as tourist but did not return. I am planning a trip to Italy, its my 2nd visit. I am worried if it will affect my application for the visa. Please help.

    maitravelsite - September 3, 2015 Reply

    Hi Angela! I understand that your sister has stayed there illegally, and you’re concerned about any implications with your trip. You should be fine, as your sister could have left Italy overland to another country without the Italian customs knowing. In any case the police should not (I type this instead of “cannot” because sometimes it’s a personal thing agents have) be able to penalize you for something someone else has done. Hope this helps!

Gonzalo - August 8, 2015 Reply

HI! last year I overstay 7 days in malaysia KL,I didnt had any problem when I get out of the country just some questions from the inmigration people and then they write something in my passport ,the question is if I can enter again to the country ,if it would be all okay

    maitravelsite - August 10, 2015 Reply

    What did they write on your passport? Knowing that is crucial to make an educated guess 🙂

      Gonzalo - August 11, 2015 Reply

      In my passport they write something like this :m.lol/j/bsi-jbs/547/3jlo 4(47) auth:tki bsi

        maitravelsite - August 12, 2015 Reply

        Wow…I’m not sure what that means so I can’t really help. Perhaps you can call the consulate to make sure all is in good standard?

Veena - August 6, 2015 Reply

Hi,
I am indian and overstayed in malaysia for 2 years. I was cheated by an agent, he even taken my passport and fee for getting ready work permit and then changed his residence. I came to Malaysia by tourist visa.In india before coming itself i paid money to an agent for the visa but he also cheated me.
Now am going back to india by applying an emergency certificate(passport)from Indian Embassy.
I got a job opportunity in Australia now but I should get a police clearance from Malaysia Now.Is it Possible to get One? If I get also will it affect my migration process leagally?
PLS Answer me….

    maitravelsite - August 10, 2015 Reply

    Hi Veena! SO sorry to hear you were cheated, unfortunately this happens very often. My question is, why would you need police clearance from Malaysia to work in Australia? They are different countries. In any case once you get your emergency document and you can leave Malaysia you should know what your status is, if you are banned for a certain time or not (you probably will) and any fees you may have to pay. Unfortunately I can’t say exactly whay will happen, but if you’re not going back to Malaysia for a while, can’t you just leave that to a side (and pay any fee that comes your way?).

Raiz - July 29, 2015 Reply

Hello sir. I overstayed in uk 3 years it was tourist visa 6 months and now I back home one year ago I didnt have any problems with immigration there and didnt get exist stamp in airport I heard that they check by e-boreder now I have new passport. Is that possible to go back again? Or I banned to enter uk and schengen.. Thanks

    maitravelsite - July 29, 2015 Reply

    Hi Raiz! If you were never told anything and didn’t get an email or notification it probably means that you were very lucky and got away with it! I would think that you can indeed go back, but you may want to call the UK consulate in your country to make sure that everything is all right. Just tell them that upon arrival there was an issue with the scanning of your passport and you want to make sure all is OK with the new one. Hope this helps!

      Raiz - July 30, 2015 Reply

      Thanks alot for your help and there is one more i want to know if they keeping records for all departure by e-border instead of exit stamp may be they know my date of departure. Thanks

        maitravelsite - July 31, 2015 Reply

        They may be keeping track of that, yes, but if it doesn´t raise a flag at the moment or shortly after it probably means it went unnoticed…

sayed - July 14, 2015 Reply

Ok so heres the thing i came to US with a tourist visa den i overstayed it now its been a year and now i want to continue my education but i cant get admission to any college due to my legal status. Is there any thing i can do about it now ??

    maitravelsite - July 15, 2015 Reply

    Hello Sayed. Usually when you request enrollment in a school you get a permission that allows you to stay in the country and then get a student Visa. Because of how the world is today the school might think it’s risky to allow admission to somebody who’s in the country illegally and simply wants to enroll just to spend more time in the country for some dubious reason, which 99.999999% of the times will not be true and they know it. I’m afraid you might not have many options other than leaving and re-applying from overseas. Perhaps you may want to call an immigration office without identifying yourself?

      sayed - July 15, 2015 Reply

      So should i apply for highschool? Will that help ??

        maitravelsite - July 15, 2015 Reply

        By school I meant any teaching institution…and it would be the same. You’d have the same problem…

Angie Ng - June 2, 2015 Reply

I have a UK friend who came to Malaysia to vie for contract tender but due to some financial difficulties the tender award did not take off. He was left stranded now over-stayed for a few months here in Malaysia with no money & air-ticket to return home to UK. Will the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur extend him some kind of financial aid so that he can go back to be with his ailing mother.

    maitravelsite - June 2, 2015 Reply

    Hi Angie I’m not sure bit it is possible. The only way of knowing is be getting in touch with them…
    I do seem to recall that one person had a similar problem and he did get the help needed…let is know how it goes and good luck!

blend - May 12, 2015 Reply

Hello.
My boyfriend had a problem. He is an EU citizen.he had 90 days permitted to enter the country but the problem is he overstayed for 2 days. .so he went to travel in thailand via bus to exit. .but when he reached the malaysian boarder. The immigration officer tell him that you overstay for 2 days and then my boyfriend told that he will pay for the 2 days overstay. .but the immigration officer dont want that he will pay. . Instead he let him exit with the normal stamp on hiss passport and there is written with a pen back to slovenia via thailand below the stamp.he went to visit the island of thailand like kho li pe when he was in thailand where there is also immigration office there he consult to one of the officer about his situationif he can still back to malaysia while there written in his passport back to slovenia then the officer ask about his passport to see if whats in his passport when he saw the passport he said dont worry you can come back to malaysia 100 % via ferry going to langkawi where this is a boarder of malaysia entry point so when my boyfriend went there the immigration officer check his passport the officer told that he cant enter mean while because he needs to follow the rules which is written in the passport . .he ask the immigration officer if he will go back to slovenia can he will come again in malaysia. . The immigration officer answered him in the way yes you can come back. . What does it mean that he can comeback without problems? Just he need ti follow the rules then comeback?is he banned?because the immigration officer they didnt say to him that he is ban? he needs to change his passport so that when he come bck from slovenia the passport is clean? Please help. . Thanks. .

    maitravelsite - May 12, 2015 Reply

    Hi Blend,

    This situation is quite peculiar as I’ve never heard of a customs officer writing something on a passport that would require the person to travel to the country of origin (the country of the passport). As far as I know they don’t have the authority. They can deny entry, but that’s about it. From what I know since he overstayed less than one week he has to spend 2 days outside the country before coming back, but the information is not 100% reliable. My suggestion is you call/visit the closest Malaysian consulate near you and see what they say. Hope this helps!

      blend - May 12, 2015 Reply

      Hi. . .
      We are also wondering why the officer written it to his passport. . Actually he denied to re enter in langkawi boarder in malaysia last may 8 and it happens last may 2. .because of that written. .i read also about that rules. . But we are really confused if how many days or months he needs to be away in the country and how many days he can comeback again. . He is in thailand now he will travel back to slovenia this coming friday. . Thanks

        maitravelsite - May 19, 2015 Reply

        So he will be going to back to Slovenia then. Did you call a Slovenian consulate?

Ramnik - May 3, 2015 Reply

Hi

I recently went to Uzbekistan and overstayed my visa as i missed my flight due to sheer carelessness.the visa expired on that day and the authorities made me pay a fine and allowed me to exit the country with a stamp with says “was turned out of f the country due to breach of stay regulations.

I want to apply for UK tourist visa so will this have any affect on my UK visa application.

thanks in advance for your response

Prateek - April 19, 2015 Reply

Respected sir,please guide me for latter of clearance for overstayed in Malaysia for student visa of European countries. I was overstayed in Malaysia for one year, because my agent hold my passport. i don’t have my passport at that time. When i got my passport back i went to the malaysian immigration office in kuala lumpur.I was banned in Malaysia for 5 years.now I want to study in Europe.I have shared my query with the university, they suggest me to attech all immigration’s documents with my visa application & a letter

    maitravelsite - April 20, 2015 Reply

    Hi Prateek, unfortunately I don’t write these letters, it is out of the scope of this website. Just write one that is not too long (not more than half a page with font size 12) explaining what you want it for and making sure you include all necessary documentation (letter of acceptance from Uni, for example).But in any case you should be fine…

Nanny J - April 10, 2015 Reply

Hi my friend met a filipino guy and had a baby to him,when the baby was 4 months old she became really sick and has spent weeks in hospital,she is home but has a nasogastric tube and has to be fed via a pump and will do for however long it takes for her to start eating solids or she grows out of her condition..well the thing is Dad has to go back to the philippines in Sept his( is it? ) visa expires then,he is a huge support to my friend and father to his little girl,the question is how does he apply to stay in NZ and are there enough grounds to stay in NZ with having a sick child(who is a Nz citizen) ..i remember reading a similar story be never heard the outcome.

    maitravelsite - April 20, 2015 Reply

    Hi Janet,

    This case is very specific and sensitive. I strongly recommend you/he calls immigration asap to see if he can do something about it. There might be, but it also depends on how cooperative the people you deal with will be… Ideally it would be best if he speaks with a woman because she will understand motherhood better. Hope this helps!

miwizy - April 7, 2015 Reply

If someone was deported from Aisa country. Can he/she applies for a shengen visa To Europe

    maitravelsite - April 7, 2015 Reply

    Yup! 🙂

Isaac - April 7, 2015 Reply

I overstay in maldives Asia content For almost 3months and some weeks. Due to the process of falling into a wrong agent hands. I sent my passport to him for a for a shengen visa. Andrew my passport spent almost 3months on his hands. So he’s planning to send it back to me now witwithout any visa after collecting money from me. Now he’s sending its back and amenities planning to go back to my country Nigeria. So Pls tell me what panty am I going to face on my way back home. Or if am deported will I be able to apply for Europe visa (shegen visa)

    maitravelsite - April 7, 2015 Reply

    Hi Isaac, sorry to hear about your experience. I do not know what the penalty for overstaying in the Maldives is, but even if you are fined and/or deported, you can still apply for a schengen visa and should not affect the results. However, they could use this fact as a reason to deny it, on the presumption that you may overstay again. If you have the money though I would give it a try… hope this helps!

      Isaac - April 8, 2015 Reply

      Thank the very much. I appreciate ur cosign. But it won’t affect trying to apply for Europe visa. But am I going to be jaile if I don’t have to the specific amount they will demand. Or if I don’t have to the amount dey fine me?

        maitravelsite - April 8, 2015 Reply

        You mean if you can be fined or put in jail for not having the amount of money required for the visa? No, of course not! The way things work is that you call the consulate or embassy of the country in the EU you want to enter through, and ask how much the visa is for that country, and then mention you want a Schengen visa too. And that’s it. You are just gathering information, no problem. You can even call a few different ones to see which one is cheapest, or take a look at the official immigration websites. I have the links to several in my post, you start there… From what I found online the visa for less than 90 days is 60 Euros and 99 Euros for more more than that time. Payment is non refundable. Hope this helps!

          Isaac - April 9, 2015 Reply

          Yes. Thanks. But the same thing happened to my friend and he is about applying for north American visa. Is there going to be a problem when applying for north American visa. Cos he was deported too from Asia country??

          maitravelsite - April 9, 2015 Reply

          What do you mean by “the same thing happened to my friend”? He cannot be fined for not having the money for the visa when inquiring, that’s impossible. And the same thing would happen with the US; he can be denied the visa because of suspicion of overstaying based on past experiences, but that is a completely subjective decision that will depend on the person. There is no real way of know what will happen, but again, if I were you and losing the money did not mean a lot to me, I would inquire and try to get one before departure.

          Issac - April 12, 2015 Reply

          Yeah. Thanks. But how many days of weeks or months will some stay in their custody before Derporting he /she to his country. Will the immigration responsible for the transportation (flight)?

          maitravelsite - April 20, 2015 Reply

          Usually immigration covers the cost of the flight.

Wale - March 23, 2015 Reply

Hi
Wale is my name i’m a Nigerian citizen and passport holder.I came to Vietnam early Jan.5th 2013 on a one month tourist visa,while trying to extend my visa things got complicated and my visa expired.I have being in Vietnam for over a year now.Presently i intend travelling to meet my Philippine fiancee,on approaching Philippine embassy i was asked to bring either my residence permit or work permit before i could be granted a visa and this i don’t have.I called the Vietnam embassy in Hanoi and they told me i must provide any means of legal residence in Vietnam before i could be granted a visa.I told them i don’t have this,the man i spoke with told me the only solution is if i have someone in Philippine who can apply for visa on my behalf then i can be granted visa without asking for residence or work permit.Please tell me is this possible,i really want to meet my fiancee this April/May.

    maitravelsite - April 6, 2015 Reply

    Hi Wale,

    Sorry for the late response. How come you can’t enter the Philippines with a tourist visa? It’s 3 weeks, but at least it gets you in. You will also need to show proof of purchase of outbound flight ( when there I just showed an itinerary, I hadn’t purchased it yet). Your case is very specific and if that is what the consulates and embassies are saying there’s not much more I can suggest, except the tourist visa thing…

      W - April 9, 2015 Reply

      Thanks for the reply,i guess its not that too late,as the saying its better to be late than be the late(smiles).I want to really know if i can get a tourist visa to travel to Philippine when i neither have residence or work permit here in Vietnam,given the country passport i’m carrying.Also if its possible what else would i need to present at the point of exit and the point of entry to Philippine?I need your clear explanations please,thanks.

      Wale.

        maitravelsite - April 9, 2015 Reply

        Hi Wale,

        FYI when I got the tourist visa for the Philippines I had no residence or work permit, it was just a 3 week tourist visa which I go on arrival. I was required to show proof of departure from the country, which I did not have, so I asked for a computer with internet and printed an itinerary as if it was my departure flight and got away with it. The reason I didn’t buy it was because I didn’t know if I would like the country or not, and one week would be enough or I would stay all three. A few days later I realized I would stay all three so I purchased the flight with the itinerary I had shown. This with US passport. With yours it should be more or less the same (please check this link I found for you https://www.timaticweb.com/cgi-bin/tim_website_client.cgi?SpecData=1&VISA=&page=visa&NA=NG&AR=00&PASSTYPES=PASS&DE=PH&user=KLMB2C&subuser=KLMB2C). Here is a link to the Filipino embassy in Abuja where you can call to get all the info you need, or navigate the site for more details http://abujape.dfa.gov.ph/. Hope this helps!

Carole - March 18, 2015 Reply

Hi Federico! Great advice and something that is quite often overlooked as travelers! When we traveled through Asia with my boyfriend, we always looked beforehand if we needed a visa, how much time we were allowed to stay, how much a visa would cost and whether there were entry fees/departure tax etc. Thank you for providing this very useful information! If you’re interested in quality photos, videos and storytelling on top of traditional travel tips: http://www.ooaworld.com

    maitravelsite - April 6, 2015 Reply

    Thanks for dropping by and your comments Carole, glad the post is useful! I see you loved Luang Prabang as much as I did, what a lovely city 🙂

Jeff - March 18, 2015 Reply

Hi. Pls I overstay my visa in Asia country maldives. Almost 2month due to the process of sending my passport back to my country for uptaining a shengen visa. Now dey have issues me the shegen visa. And they are sending it back to me. What am I supposed to do no? And secondly if dey deport me to my country with a deporting stamp on my passport. Will I be able to travel to Europe. With my passport? Pls I need urgent answer. Thank you

Peter - March 14, 2015 Reply

Hello,
I overstayed in UK for 31 days on my student visa on 2011 and returned to my country with my own expenses. I have never stopped by anyone and never filled any form on my return. Now I am going to get married to EU citizen next month.
The reason for overstaying is, I undergone a surgery on NHS,I have got only the Certificate on attendance stating the date the time and the signature of the attended doctor, but this all happened on my overstaying period.
Visa expired on Jan 31 2011 and the certificate I have got is 22 Feb 2011 and returned to home country on 3 March 2011.

My question is,Does it create a problem on appying visa? Do I get visa? I am bit worried. Please advise.

Thanks in Advance.

    maitravelsite - March 16, 2015 Reply

    Hi Peter,

    If you have never received and letter or notification you should be fine. You also have those papers that show you overstayed because of health reasons, and worse comes to worse you can always contact the hospital. In my opinion you should be fine and I would apply to the visa as if nothing happened. Should you run into trouble because of it get the hospital to help you out…
    Hope this helps?!

      Peter - March 16, 2015 Reply

      Thank you so much for your reply.

      Initially, I had a thought, while applying for visa planning to give explanation by showing the certificate before they find out the overstay period. Will that work?

        maitravelsite - April 6, 2015 Reply

        Who knows. I guess submitting it might help from the beginning, but it can also make things worse because it will raise eyebrows. Sorry for taking so long to reply

rray - March 6, 2015 Reply

Hi there, I’m a Malaysian with a UK visitor visa for 6 months which ends on 28th of April. I’ve planned to travel a few EU countries and return to UK on 23rd. I’ve also bought my flight ticket back to M’sia BUT it’s the wrong date, which is 2 days later from the end of my visitor visa valid date. I can’t change my date of flight coz it’s fully booked on the 28th.

So will there be a problem for me to return to UK from my EU trip at the borders?
And if I managed to re-enter UK, overstay 2 days and leave exactly on the 30th, will I face a lot of questioning while leaving UK?

Thanks!

    maitravelsite - March 6, 2015 Reply

    Hi Ray,

    2 days is not much time, so I don’t think you would run into trouble leaving after such a short overstay. If you have important stuff to do I wouldn’t worry too much knowing where you’re at. However, if you don’t have anything really important to do, why not try to leave on the 27th for example? Contact the airline and explain your situation…they should be able to help. This way you are sure to not have any problems. Hope this helps!

Chickpea - March 1, 2015 Reply

Hi, I came to Hungary on a student visa, got my residence permit and studied for two years without any problems. Unfortunately due to my parents sudden financial problems I had to drop out. I had nine months left on my permit so I did a few odd jobs to either save up enough to go back to uni or buy a ticket home (I’m Nigerian) but I couldn’t make enough for either. It’s been 4 months since my permit expired and I don’t really know what to do next. I guess I could turn myself in but I don’t know if I’ll get deported (which would be a better option) or arrested and made to pay a huge fine (which I definitely won’t be able to). I want to keep working to save for uni but I don’t know if I’ll be allowed to renew my permit. But I also don’t know what will happen if I buy a ticket instead and try to leave voluntarily. Long story I know, sorry.

    maitravelsite - March 2, 2015 Reply

    Hi there, sorry to here about the trouble you’re going through. Truth is I don’t know what would happen either. When in Hungary I was once fined on the spot for not validating my metro ticket ( I bought it, but didn’t know it had to be validated in a machine) so this tells me that they’re quite strict. It was obvious the police was targeting foreigners only too. I doubt you’ll be arrested but a fine plus deportation is a strong possibility. Perhaps your best bet is to call Hungary immigration and see what they have to say?

Jaiye - March 1, 2015 Reply

Hello, i have a torist and visting visa to South africa, and i have over stayed the entery with 2 month and over stayed my visa with 1 month because i have a 3 month visa, i would like to know if i wont have any problem when going back to my country Nigeria , because i heard i would be banned, also i like to know if i wont get arrested at the airport when going back, and like to know if i wont have any problem with other country when i try to apply or travel to other countries, also if there would be a banned stamp on my passport… Thanks i love to hear from you.

    maitravelsite - March 2, 2015 Reply

    Hello Jaiye,
    As you have overstayed the chances of having trouble exist, you know this as well as I do. This said 1 month is not much so I can understand a fin, but I don’t think you would be banned, however as this is all very subjective if you run into an annoying customs agent this can happen too. As for the banned stamp it again depends on the agent, but this should not affect too much when you travel to other countries. Something that can also happen is “losing” your passport once in Nigeria and the new one you get will not have the stamp…

riverside - February 27, 2015 Reply

please i am 2 year and 3 months overstay in vietnam. can i extend it or will they give me a stamp visa to go back to my country philippines, how much will i pay

    maitravelsite - February 27, 2015 Reply

    Hi there. 2 years and three months is a lot of time, so I think you will most probably be deported- it’s one of those countries where it’s not good to overstay. You could be banned from re-entering for a number of years. As for the fine, it is usually about 200,000 dong per day….

vikas - February 26, 2015 Reply

hi

Recently I had been to Germany on behalf of my company (ITC InfoTech ) to attend business meetings and discussion. I was in Germany from 11th Feb 2015 till 21st Feb 2015. At the time of exit on 21st Feb 2015, I was stopped by the immigration officer stating that I had overstayed in the country. I had been granted a Schengen Visa German consulate india , which had a validity from 11th Jan2015 till 24th Feb2015 with duration of stay allowed for 30 days.

The office at the port of Exit in the airport highlighted to me that I had over stayed by 12 days and hence it is a Criminal offence to overstay. I did the mistake in reading the Schengen visa at my end as I thought that the expiry date of the visa to be the last day of visa and over looked stay period allowed in visa . Hence planned the return tickets accordingly.

FYI i have a normal visa stamping on exit-on same page as the entry.

The immigration officer advised to sign a couple of documents.

    maitravelsite - February 26, 2015 Reply

    Hi Vikas. What is your question? 🙂

      vikas - February 26, 2015 Reply

      Hi my questions are

      What will be the action taken by the German Embassy for overstay by 12 days?

      can i ever re enter Germany again? If so in how many days can I apply for visa without being refused.

      Will I ever be able to apply for work permit?

        maitravelsite - February 26, 2015 Reply

        Hi Vikas,

        In your original comment you say you arrived on February 11th, but I now suppose you meant January 11th? Otherwise you have not overstayed. With what you say, I think you’re fine. DO you remember what you signed? If you have not been given any warning and your exit stamp is the usual one I think that you can travel as usual and are definitely not banned. If you had been fined you would have been given some sort of notification upon leaving. As for the visa, I don’t know and it’s really up to the consulate… Hope this helps!

          Vikas - February 26, 2015 Reply

          Hi ,

          I did overstay sorry the arrival date is 11Jan2015,

          I was charged with German Residence act section95 No1.2 Residence in germany without Permit is a criminal offence it seems.

          I am scared as to what will happen next they have provided a contact person to whom I will be getting the details of the Penalty or whatever the next step but I wanna know will I be allowed to work in Germany with the presence of this record ?

          vikas - February 26, 2015 Reply

          How can I send or attach attachments here ? There a couple of documents you could have a look at for precise understanding.

          btw the police officer was very polite and even said its a very minor issue since its your first visit and even wished me a good flight journey !

          They asked me how much cash I had at that moment I dont know for what reason but I had 50 euros I dont know why they asked cash any idea on this >?.

          maitravelsite - February 27, 2015 Reply

          Hi Vikas, I replied via email. Feel free to send the attachments in an email, I’d be happy to have a look 🙂

    Mona - July 20, 2016 Reply

    Hi. I am very curious to know what happened to vikas (convesation dated
    February 26, 2015 at 2:34 am) who mistakingly overstayed his/her visa in Germany. My sister had a similar situation except she overstayed less than a day. She gave the embassy the exact dates of travel and was given 10 days. She didn’t realize that her dates would be more than 10 days (by a half a day) until the immigration officer pointed it out to her. She is a very rule-following person and would never intentionally break the law. She is so concerned what the letter (the same one given to vikas) would mean. It suggests that she committed a criminal offense. Can you please let us know what she can expect? We are all freaking out because of this unexpected turn of event.

      maitravelsite - July 21, 2016 Reply

      Hi Mona! I understand that she would only overstay about half a day, which frankly is very little. Those letters are meant to scare, but I doubt anything serious might happen. I wouldn’t worry much, thinking that things can go wrong if you get agent who’s in a bad mood. Might want to speak with immigration and see what they say, but don’t worry… oh and as for Vikas, I never found out what the final outcome was…

sameer - February 22, 2015 Reply

My question is that
i am pakistani and i overstayed in new zealand and came back to pakistan and now i m applying for usa business visa ( will i get problem )?

    maitravelsite - February 23, 2015 Reply

    Hi Sameer,

    In theory you should be fine as one country is not related to the other or has any kind of border infringement agreements, but it is possible that the US uses the NZ case as a precedent to not allow entry. In any case I would try it, making sure you have a good reason for overstaying in NZ. Hope this helps!

doris - February 6, 2015 Reply

I live in italy via us military. we have been here 7 years. My mom is widowed and the las titme she visited she overstayed her visa by a long time. When she left she went through Germany. They pulled her aside asked her why she overstayed she said she was here with her daughter. They stamped her passport as normal and let her go on with her flight. I would like her to return just for the 90 day toursit. With a direct flight in and out of Italy. Should I just not do this. Should we assume she is in some database already barring her from Schnegen states?

    maitravelsite - February 14, 2015 Reply

    If she hasn’t been notified of anything she is in good standard and should be able to fly in an out without problems. Hope this helps!

Pedro Schwartz - February 1, 2015 Reply

In the case of Israel, I accidentaly stayed 4 months more then my Visa allowed. After much deliberation, I called the Ministry of Interior, and explained my situation, and turns out, I just had to get an appointment on the next week, pay 180 sheckels,and I got a temporary visa untill the end of my stay.
Sometimes its better to contact the authorities and be honest; no tricks or anything 🙂

    maitravelsite - February 3, 2015 Reply

    Yup. It usually makes things easier Pedro, just like you say. Thanks for stopping by!

      Lucy - February 13, 2015 Reply

      Hello,
      Iam chinese, with a 180days tourist visa in UK, may I know how many days can I stay here? 90days or 180days? After 180days, I want yo study here, so now I planned to apply a visa in UK university to get a student visa to stay here longer, is that possible? Or they not allowed me to get a student visa or marriage visa with a tourist visa here?
      Thank you for helping.
      Br,
      Lucy

        maitravelsite - February 14, 2015 Reply

        Hi Lucy. You can spend 90 out of every 180 days, so in a year you can spend 180 but not continuously- you’d have to leave and re-enter the country. If you are planning on studying there apply for the student visa asap. That would over rule the tourist visa. Make sure though that you can get it while there, in some countries you have to apply from abroad. There are a few links at the bottom of the article, I recommend you call immigration in the UK to get up to date details.

          Lucy - February 14, 2015 Reply

          HI
          May I know what is meaning 180days but not continually ? Means I must leave the country after 90days and come back again? Sorry my english is poor, that’s also why I want to study here, to live here longer.
          And do they allow me to marry someone I love from here in this 180days? If I stay here 180days continually not leave the country, will I have to pay a lot fine?( How much that will be?) will they send me to jail in China or in UK jail? I do not want to go to jail.:(

          maitravelsite - February 16, 2015 Reply

          Hi Lucy, it means that you cannot spend those 180 days straight. You can stay 90, leave for 90, and return (starting the count all over again) or you can spend a few, then leave, then return again and so on making sure that again you don’t spend more than 90 during those 180. As for getting married you can of course get married whenever you want! The fine you are asking about depends on the country where you’re at, you will not be sent to jail in China and it’s unlikely in Europe too. It is very possible though that you get fined and deported, and are banned from re-entering EU again in a while. But, as I say, it is very possible , which means that there’s a chance nothing happens too. It’s a small one though. If you can apply for a student visa that would be much better too. 🙂

Earl - February 1, 2015 Reply

Hi, i have question i’m a filipino and im here in qatar for visit visa, and at the same time looking for a job.. And my visa will expire this month, my problem is my passport is in my pocket while in the laundry. What should i do? Please help me

    maitravelsite - February 3, 2015 Reply

    Hi Earl. I have a friend who had the same problem in Israel and didn’t do anything. On the day of his departure he was stopped and asked to get a new one in the consulate, so you may want to do the same before heading there, or ask them if it’s good enough as it is. Hope this helps! You’ll be alright though.

Relative - January 15, 2015 Reply

Urgent!
My relative is currently on the deportation list in the philipines for overstaying her tourist visa and working without permit for 1 year. Her passport was taken off her by immigration 4 months ago and is still waiting for it back. She wants to come back home as soon as possible. What are her options? What is the quickest way to get her back home? Thank you.

    maitravelsite - January 16, 2015 Reply

    Hi Sarah,

    What country is her passport from? Traveling without a passport is impossible, so I recommend you and your relative contact his/her consulate asap and explain the situation. Don’t know if it will help but at least your relative’s country will know about the situation officially. Hope this helps and good luck!

Gelena Orange - January 14, 2015 Reply

Hi. Your advice is very helpful. Please enlighten me, I’m now planning to study in Canada but I am not sure if I will be eligible because, last 2009 I went to Sweden to visit my relatives and after one week I decided to go to Italy until my 30 days visa expired. And I was given a chance to get an amnesty after 1 year to work, and I worked there legally for 4 years. I would like to know what are the chances that I will be denied to have student visas because I am not sure if it will appears in the Police Certificate that once I was illegal worker in Italy. Is it possible not to declare my travel history in Europe. Please help me.

    maitravelsite - January 14, 2015 Reply

    Hi Gelena,

    I don’t think you will be denied the visa as Italy has nothing to do with Canada.Does it state somewhere that you were caught working illegally?

leanne - January 1, 2015 Reply

Hey, Can anyone help..,?! What Is the fines/penalties for overstaying in Colombia on a student visa for about an extra 30-40 days? I’ve heard Venezuela is too dangerous to travel to so I’m not sure I can renew my visa now ! Gracias

    maitravelsite - January 4, 2015 Reply

    Hey Leanne. I entered Venezuela couple of years ago, traveling around the country did turn to be a pain indeed and I left earlier than intended to, but the border crossing was easy. This said, you already overstayed and I found this online…”The law provides for a fine to be imposed on you between 1/2 and 7 times the minimum monthly salary. So for 2013 the fine will be between 294,750 and 4.126,500 COP.” Rules and laws constantly change in Colombia though, and from what I’ve also reach people overstay constantly, go to migracion and pay some money that allows them to make their way out without much of a hassle (bribe..). Hope this helps!

Mike - January 1, 2015 Reply

I overstayed my Visa in Italy not on purpose but through sheer ignorance: Although duration of my stay was indicated as 15 days, I took advantage of the fact my Visa’s validity was for a month until November 22 2014 to enjoy visting some more. It wasn’t until I got to the airport to leave on November 17th and the passport control lady brought up the extra days did I realise this is considered an overstay (or is it?). She stamped a random page of my passport with the usual exit stamp. Now I fear my plans to visit two schengen countries and revisit Italy for 3 months in the next are in jeopardy. Can you advice?

    Mike - January 1, 2015 Reply

    I should mention that the extra days add up to about 10 days. And the stamp on the passport appears to be a normal exit stamp but at the back of the passport instead of next to the entry stamp.

      maitravelsite - January 4, 2015 Reply

      Custom agents tend to do this in order to not have to look for the page that has available space and be quicker…

    maitravelsite - January 4, 2015 Reply

    If she stamped it with the usual exit stamp you’re good to travel and should not have any problems. Enjoy your trip!

sunny maan - December 31, 2014 Reply

This year i deported from cyprus EUROPE…for overstay .my question is..can i go canada or uk and australia ..there are no facing any problem at canadian immigration …record

Thanx sir

    maitravelsite - January 4, 2015 Reply

    You should be able to enter without problems. The countries are unrelated, though you could be asked some questions and may be allowed less time than what you’d expect. Hope this helps!

Daniela - December 31, 2014 Reply

Hi Federico!
I am Canadian and just came back from Spain and overstayed the 90 day limit by about a week but they didn’t say anything. Now Im going back there but my flight passes through Frankfurt and from what I understand I’ll have to go through immigration there. I am afraid that they wont let me in because Ive already reached the limit so I was wondering if I get a new passport, will they not be able to tell? Or does the computer go through your travel history when it scans your passport? Thank you!

    maitravelsite - January 4, 2015 Reply

    Hey Daniela! Currently writing this reply from Spain 🙂 As for your question, getting a new passport does not guarantee you can get through. It may help, but if your info has been stored your new passport will have been updated too, unless you get there before they get the info (and I’m not sure how fast they can be). You would be in Spain illegally though (you say you already reached the limit), is it worth it ?

samir - December 7, 2014 Reply

Am niger citizen I have a little problem,inside 2011 am in china caused I studied there ,there was a time went my school given us x visa extensions you have to taken your passport to embersy for your visa..so went I submitted it I just left it there almost six month caused I knw our school are giving us a semester visa that 6 month I don’t know d visa this time isn’t reached d six month so I over stayed for almost ten days at the ended I was fined 5thousands yen n a visa permitted to leaved China in ten days.. So now am planning of getting back inside this month…so can i still get visa and can they allow me in when I get d visa thanks

    maitravelsite - December 12, 2014 Reply

    Do you have school? They should help…in theory if you were not told anything you haven’t been denied entry…

      samir - December 12, 2014 Reply

      I don’t told am denied or anything… Am just wanna get back so am looking for visa now …so how will I know that am not banned Or I can still get the visa

      samir - December 12, 2014 Reply

      I don’t told am denied or anything… Am just wanna get back so am looking for visa now …so how will I know that am not banned Or I can still get the visa ..but their was an agent that I gave my new and old passport today he called me and told me the visa request have rejected… But I don’t know whether is true or not caused I know I don’t have any problems apart from this over stayed issue

        maitravelsite - December 21, 2014 Reply

        The best way to know if it is true or not is to call the consulate and ask them directly…

Caitan Martins - December 1, 2014 Reply

Hi I am a consultant hired by a firm in the usa, I have been visting their subsidiary office here in Portugal for the past few years. This last entry I have exceeded my stay of 90 days by over 10 days. In addition I was not aware of the 90/180 days rule which I now realize I have violated, as within the last 6 months I have stayed for almost 5.5 months. What are my best options, Should I contact the immigration office and ask for assistance or leave and hope for the best. I cannot afford being banned entry…

    maitravelsite - December 2, 2014 Reply

    I would contact immigration and also the company. If you’re working for them and spend so much time there they should be able to get you some kind of working visa that would allow you to say as needed…

Y - December 1, 2014 Reply

hi there. im an israeli citizen (we get automatic 90 days visa to the schengen area same as in USA)/ last winter i stayed in austria without knowing i can stay only 90 days i overstayed my visa. i realized that only after i was 94 days in the shcengen area. when i did i went to the ministry on intiria offices in the nearest town and told them about it. they called the police. i had to pay 400 EU fine and i was told by the police to leave the country asap. (i recieved a piece of paper that summs what happened and tell that i was oredered to leave the schengen area). i asked the cops if i will be banned and they say they dont thing so but they cannot be sure. they also told me to go back to the austrian embassy in tel aviv when i arive home’ sign them on a paper that proofes that i left the countrey and send it back to them. 2 days after i left austria. had no problems on the airport, but i do thing there was something in the computer because the officer looked at the computer screen for like 10 seconds before he gave me my passport back. when i arrived hom i went to the enbassy and sended the signed paper to the police station with verafiyng that they recieved it. few weeks later i received a letter from the austrian police but it was in german so i asked a friend of mine to translate, she said it bassicle summs up the all story and that there is nothing written about any rentry bann or anything like that, it just says that it could be worst if i overstayed more time. i plan on going back to europe 2 times this winter. my first trip is for 1 week and i shoul land in zurich and the second one is for 2 month and i should land in munich. i have 2 ways ticked for both of them. am i facing a possibility of rentry?
i know its a lot to read, hope to get an answer. thanks

    maitravelsite - December 2, 2014 Reply

    Hey there. If you were not notified you are banned from entering, you should be all right. They fined you, and 4 days is not much, so you should be OK. Plus you paid the tickets already so I would definitely give it a shot. Hope this helps!

Lana - November 27, 2014 Reply

Hi All,

I am a South African citizen, my daughter who is not, stayed there for a longer period (the tourist visa is valid for three months) when she left the South Africa she was issued with a fine of SAR 1000 and was told to pay this fine at her local embassy in the country where she resides. This was given to her in 2010, she of course did not pay the fine and would like to return to S.A. to visit the family for two weeks. Will she get arrested at the airport upon her arrival? If anyone can shed some light on this it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    maitravelsite - November 27, 2014 Reply

    It’s difficult to know. Most probably she will be notified either at the airport once leaving that the fine is due or when she lands in SA. I know of someone who was in a similar situation in the USA (ticket was a speeding ticket) and when pulled over for something small the 3 year old speeding ticket was still in the DB and was arrested until he paid.

Efe - November 22, 2014 Reply

I am a Nigerian came in from Serbia to Hungary can i go back home with my passport?

    maitravelsite - November 25, 2014 Reply

    I don’t see why not…

Amira - November 17, 2014 Reply

Hi i am a philippines citizen ! My working visa is expired 2 months ago . I was giving birth last month to a baby boy . I have an american bf( the father of my son ) who willing to marry me . But i dont want to marry him because i dont want someday that he can take my baby away from me and i dont want to go to america living with him . My problem is what will happen to me and my baby if i go to immiigration to tell them that my visa expired , yes sounds crazy but i dont want to be with my bf anymore ! I know i go to jail but its just a temporary and they wiill send me to phil. My quetion is how about my baby ? Wht will happen to him ? They willl take my baby ? Or they gonna allow us to go to phils . Together ? Pls answer me . I need some help and advice .

    maitravelsite - November 19, 2014 Reply

    Are you in the USA? Where are you? You are not married so there is no legal obligation for him to keep the baby ( assuming you have all the documents to prove motherhood), but he could lawyer up an try to keep him/her. From what you say he is interested in you, so if you don’t want to be with him and let him know after disbelief and anger he may not be interested in you either. But who knows. I don’t think you will go to jail though, most probably you will be deported. It is a tricky situation, you may want to contact immigration over the phone to ask. Unfortunately I can’t pinpoint exactly what you should so as a lot of it has to do with emotions.

khalid - November 13, 2014 Reply

I am a student of Linclon university of Malaysia.and I am Bangladesi .now we don’t have any class.my class will be start from January .so is I need any clearance from my university to go back Bangladesh.??

    maitravelsite - November 19, 2014 Reply

    Hey Khalid, no you don’t. I assume you have a student multiple entry visa right?

Geminiexpat - November 9, 2014 Reply

I have a friend who is a US citizen she went to visit Italy and ended up stayed for over a year. What will happen when she is ready to head back to the states ? If she is banned how long will the ban stay in effect ? If she marries in Italy does she risk the same consequences ?

    Geminiexpat - November 9, 2014 Reply

    Please HELP!! … I have a friend who is a US citizen she went to visit Italy without a VISA and ended up stayed for over a year. What will happen when she is ready to head back to the States ? If she is banned how long will the ban stay in effect ? If she marries in Italy does she risk the same consequences ?

      maitravelsite - November 10, 2014 Reply

      Well she has overstayed for 6 months so she can be banned and fined, the time an amount can vary and will depend on who she deals with. She may be VERY lucky and get by without her passport being checked though… If she gets married there things could be very different, but you will have to contact immigration to obtain the details for that. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

Harry - November 8, 2014 Reply

Hey buddy, I will like your advise on this. I have a 2 yrs b2 US visa and i visited the US for 5 months and exit the states, but I was approved to stay 6 months at a go, do you think I can travel back to the States within a month interval that i left the states.
I’m asking this because some people said the CBP might think I’m trying to reside in the US. do you think 5 months is too much to stay on visitor’s visa out of 6 months on my I-94 and do you think a month is too early to return back to the US.
please advise.

    maitravelsite - November 10, 2014 Reply

    Frankly, I don’t think staying for 5 months is too long, but returning just a month after could raise some eyebrows. Unfortunately there is no way to know what will happen. Check this link which has some info that may help http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/visit/visitor.html and you may want to call customs to see what they say. Hope this helps!

      Harry - November 11, 2014 Reply

      Thanks for the info, guess I will wait for 2 or 3 months to return then.
      thanks again

        maitravelsite - November 11, 2014 Reply

        You’re most welcome!

Gmaat - November 8, 2014 Reply

I was granted a tourist visa by Spain.I went to Europe(via Spain) for 33 days. The visa was valid only for 30 days, which I later found out while exiting Germany that I overstayed by 3 days. I was made to sign a paper that it was a criminal Offence. The officer told that they would send the verdict by post.
Its been more than a month exiting Europe and I have not received the post yet.

Will I be denied re-entry to Schengen area. What should I do now.

    maitravelsite - November 10, 2014 Reply

    One month is not much time, but then again 3 days is not much of an overstay either. When do you plan on re-entering? Allow some time and if not contact Spanish immigration, they should be able to confirm.

Roberta - November 7, 2014 Reply

Hi, I am a Canadian Citizen who over stayed in Germany in 2009 by about 10 days. I then travelled to the England where I was denied entry since I had a return ticket to Germany in 7 days. They also said I was “working in Germany” which I admitted to as is was considered unpaid work (I didn’t know at the time there was such a thing.) They allowed me enter England for 7 days, after one week in England I had to go back to Canada, but they still put an “X” through my passport and made me sign documents stating I was “denied entry”. It has been six years and I want to go to Ireland and Scotland but I am not sure if I need to apply for a tourist visa? I will only be going for two weeks to visit a friend (Irish National) and I will have a return ticket, will this be enough? They did not advise me how long until I could return to Europe or the UK.

Any advice would be helpful, thank you!

    maitravelsite - November 7, 2014 Reply

    Hi Roberta! What a weird thing, I’m surprised England got involved but then I guess it’s part of their duties as a Schengen country too. It has been 5 years already going on 6, I would think you’re fine as no deadline was given. I don’t think you need a visa either as you would get one on arrival right? You may want to call the Irish consulate closest to you and see what they say, but again I would think you’re fine. Hope this helps!

      Roberta - November 7, 2014 Reply

      Thank you, this does help. I will try and contact the consulate.

        maitravelsite - November 8, 2014 Reply

        You’re welcome!

LimSan - November 7, 2014 Reply

Hi there, thanks so much for doing what you do and your website. It’s immensely helpful. I appreciate it! I’ve a question. My boyfriend is an American. He has overstayed his visa in Indonesia and his current passport is within 6 months of expiry. The visa agent can only extend his visa when he gets a new passport, but apparently he has to get his current passport sent back to the U.S in order to renew it. He is worried that the U.S authorities will make him fly home because he is overstaying in a foreign country with a passport that is within 6 months of expiry.

Do you think it’s possible that he can get his passport renewed with no issues? Have you heard of similar situations before?

    maitravelsite - November 7, 2014 Reply

    Hi Limsan. It is possible that the passport gets renewed because, at the end of the day, it is not their problem. However, in the interest of diplomatic relationships he could be instructed to fly back home. Make sure that when you send the passport you state the the visa agent can extend the visa but needs a valid passport for it, this should help. If the agent can include some kind of letter all the better. Unfortunately gone are the days when new passports could be obtained in embassies… hope this helps, and thank you for dropping by!

Favor - November 6, 2014 Reply

I am a citizen of South Africa, I have a friend that claims he is from Greece, can I go down to any Greece embassy with a copy of his passport and confirm if his passport is legit or not?

    maitravelsite - November 6, 2014 Reply

    For starters, if you don’t trust him/her being from where he says I don’t think this person is much of a friend. In any case,you could do this, but if it is not legit you will get this person into a lot of trouble, consider if it’s worth it…

Favor - November 6, 2014 Reply

I want to know if it is possible for someone else to take your passport to any of your country embassy and do confirmation if it is valid or authentic

Kevin - November 5, 2014 Reply

Hi im a filipino and im here in thailand, and my problem is my visa is expired for 1month already, so an it be that i just surrender to immigration and tell them i lost my passport? Van thy know or trace that my visa is expired or not?

    maitravelsite - November 6, 2014 Reply

    They can probably trace to the date you entered Thailand (it says on the visa which should have been stamped when you entered). I strongly recommend you contact your consulate first because Thai immigration is very strict…

Skinnymalink - November 5, 2014 Reply

Hello there,

I wonder if you have any thoughts about this – my partner is applying for a family visit visa to visit myself and our baby son in the U.K for Christmas and the New Year – in addition to the usual difficulties in acquiring this type of visa he also stupidly got a stamp in his passport whilst leaving Greece recently fining him 1500 euro for being in the country illegally – he wasn’t illegal per se – he’d been given leave to remain but for some reason the border guards stamped his visa – he doesn’t really understand why – he’s Albanian and apparently they get a hard time on the Greek/Albanian border.

So, will this mean he will be refused a visit to the U.K? We are translating the stamp ad the fine and also the paperwork he had from the Interior Ministry by way of explanation to the ECO that some mistake may have taken place – I haven’t seen him for a year – our son is 2 soon and we really want to see him – is it a lost cause do you think?

Thanks c

    maitravelsite - November 6, 2014 Reply

    I wouldn’t say it’s a lost cause, but that stamp should have been fought back from the beginning especially considering your situation as a family. If the documentation is valid and the stamp has been determined to be a mistake it should be all right, but some sort of official stamp declaring it void would be handy. You don’t mention he has been banned from re-entering, so in theory he should be fine, but I am aware of the issue in that border so depending on who’s around he may find trouble or not. I would recommend contacting Greek immigration first and asking for the official situation on his case, and for some official papers too if possible.

Alex - November 5, 2014 Reply

Hello,

I’m a Romanian citizen, living in Romania. I invited my girlfriend to come visit my country and she got 15 days approved, like most Filipinos get. Sadly i can’t marry her here because Romania has not yet legalized gay marriage, but i also don’t want her to go back to the Philippines. Is there anything i could legally do for her not to become illegal but be able to stay in the country? Anything u could suggest me to do? Any help will be highly appreciated.

    maitravelsite - November 6, 2014 Reply

    Have you asked for a visa extension? Can you support her financially? Perhaps as a dependent individual? One thing that can work is requesting student visa. If she can afford to apply for a school offering some kind of course she’s interested in you can always request a student visa once she’s been approved. You may want to read the information on the official Romanian immigration website http://ori.mai.gov.ro/detalii/pagina/en/Rezidenta-permanenta/79. Hope this helps!

      Alex - November 6, 2014 Reply

      She is 32 so i’m not sure she can still apply for college.Se is a bachelor in Hotel and Restaurant Management anyway. I can support her financially here since i have a good stable job in my country. Just don’t know what steps to take to be able to show i can support her for the long term so she can stay here….or which first steps i should take once she;s inside the country to get her a legal status, beside being a tourist 🙁 help is appreciated, but even more is needed please!

      Alex - November 6, 2014 Reply

      i am able to sponsor her and be responsible for her. She’s a restaurant and hotel manager, bachelor earned some years ago. Sadly she’s never traveled or worked outside Philippines/ If once i get her in as a visitor, what could i do to keep her legally by my side? My salary is big enough and i own property here in my country. Thanks for all the help guys!

Yumi - November 3, 2014 Reply

Hello.I’m currently staying in Japan on a tourist visa and my visa is about to expire.My boyfriend is Japanese but since he won’t marry me,I can’t live in Japan.I didn’t go to college so it’s basically impossible for me to get a job here.And also,studying is way to expensive for me,I’d never be able to afford that. Anyway,the problem is,even if I traveled to China and then re-entered Japan I wouldn’t have the money to buy my return ticket (I’m from Europe by the way).I’d have it maybe in December but not at that moment (of re-entering Japan).So my question is,is there anything I can do?I really don’t wanna go back to my country and I’m tired of staying here for such a short time.This is my 4th time coming here.And in case I went back to my country,what should I do ?Should I buy my ticket to Japan (a ticket to stay here for about 5 months) and buy a ticket to China? Like for example,traveling to Japan in February and then after 3 months travel to china,re-enter Japan and after 3 months return to my country? I’m sorry if this is a bit confusing but I’m running out of time and I would be extremely happy if you could help me.Thank you very much for reading,

    maitravelsite - November 6, 2014 Reply

    Hi Yumi,

    Couple of things: have you considered teaching English in Japan? There are many such jobs and pay quite well. Second, instead of flying to China, why don’t you go overland to Fukuoka down South and grab the ferry to Pusan in South Korea? You can stay in S Korea for up to three months with a tourist visa (depends on the country but EU nationals usually get 3 months) and then head back to Japan if you want. I am sure you can hitch hike from Tokyo to Fukuoka safely, or you can also consider car sharing (browse online for sites like http://www.carpoolworld.com/carpool_JAPAN_favorites.html). What do you think of this?

      Yumi - November 14, 2014 Reply

      Hey!
      Thank you so much for replying 🙂
      I didn’t want to get into trouble so I ended up going back to my country.
      Well Fukuoka is very far from where I live (Saitama)so I don’t think it would make much of a difference.But I’m actually going back to Japan in February and I’m planning to stay for three months and then fly to China and then fly back to Japan.So my question is,how much time should I wait before re-entering Japan again? Should I re-enter the country after 1 day? 3 days? 5 days? 1 week? I would like to hear your thoughts on this. Again,thank you so much 🙂

        maitravelsite - November 19, 2014 Reply

        If I were you, and you can choose, I would re-enter a week or two later.

          Yumi - November 19, 2014 Reply

          ok !Thank you so much! 🙂

Emily - October 29, 2014 Reply

Hey,

I’m an Australian and recently overstayed my tourist visa in Germany by two months. When I left the immigration officer didn’t say anything about it and stamped it as normal and let me through to go home. I was just wondering if I might have any trouble with entering Europe at a later date? Could he have marked my record with out me knowing?

Thanks

    maitravelsite - November 3, 2014 Reply

    Hi Emily! The officer could have, but some kind of warning should have been sent to you. I would assume all is good…

Marie - October 27, 2014 Reply

Hello, I’m a student living in Japan! I know this is a bit different since I am not on a tourist visa, but I really hope you can help! I have been here for a long time living on a university student visa. My visa is about to expire, and even though I am trying everything I can to get an extension or change visas, I don’t have much hope. The problem is, the visa deadline is coming up…and I do not have the money for a flight home.

I am terrified about overstaying. Do you know what I can do? Both my university and immigration have made it very clear that they will be very harsh if I do not have enough money. The embassy seems the same way (I’m an American).

My situation is complicated, but the short of it is: I am here supporting myself. I do not have family who can pay for my flight or even take care of me when I go home. (In fact, there is a good chance I will be homeless if I do get sent back.) I have one more semester in school until graduation, but I do not have the money to pay for it (which is why my student visa has not been extended). It is a horrible catch-22, but if you have any advice/ideas, I would be so grateful. Thank you!

    maitravelsite - November 3, 2014 Reply

    Hi Marie,

    My first recommendation would be that you try to get a position in a school or college as an English teacher. These are very well paid and I know that there are many opportunities in Japan! Once you find a vacant position try your best to get a job offer, which would allow you to regulate your visa situation, maybe par for school and/or save money to get back home.

    You may also want to try getting a job in your field as you’re just a semester short from graduating, have you tried this? Worse comes to worst you can always travel elsewhere without overstaying and then return. You may want to attempt to travel south to Fukuoka to catch the ferry to Pusan in South Korea (much cheaper than flying and cheaper to live too) and as a tourist you can be there for 90 days.

    Does this help? Let me know… and sorry for the delayed response.

Emelia - October 25, 2014 Reply

Hi, I forgot to mention that there was no ” deported ” stamp on our passports, they only put the arrival date on it. My husband plans to use the same passport as it will expire on Dec 2015. Do you think it better to get a passport instead? I’m praying that you could answer my questions as we are really really worried to waste the money on processing his documents if his working visa application in Australia will be denied. Thank you so much and have a lovely day 🙂

    maitravelsite - November 3, 2014 Reply

    If there is no indication on the passport that you were deported I wouldn’t change it. What we don’t know is if this was registered elsewhere, which probably was… Hope this helps and thanks for dropping by!

Emelia - October 25, 2014 Reply

Hi, me and my husband had overstayed our tourist visa in the UK for 8 and a half years. We applied in the Home Office for Long Residency and was given a Temporary Admission while waiting for the result of our Visa application. Eventually, our application was refused and we were deported to the Philippines on May 2014. My question is, how will it affect my husband getting a working visa in Australia as he has a job offer to work there as a chef. I’m hoping for your help in this matter. Thank you so much!

    maitravelsite - November 3, 2014 Reply

    Hi Emelia! Sorry for the delay in the response. In theory it should not affect as the overstay was in another country, however it is also a member of the Commonwealth so they could use it as some sort of excuse to deny entry, even though there is no. This said, he has a job offer already so make sure you show this when applying. The business could also act act as a liaison and overlook this procedure, is this something you have tried?

      Emelia - November 15, 2014 Reply

      Hello, thank you so much for your reply. And yes, my husband intends to show his job offer in Australia when applying for a visa. All the best to you! 🙂

        maitravelsite - November 19, 2014 Reply

        Good luck Emelia!

Marco - October 22, 2014 Reply

Hello,

I am Brazilian, and also an Italian citizen, currently studying (MBA – 2 years) in Spain. I have already sorted out all my residency documentation for this period. However, my wife is Brazilian, and we are not in fact married, we have a “common law marriage”.

We were told by Spanish consulate in Brazil that she should come over as a tourist (no visa required) and request a “Tarjeta de Residencia” – residency card, as a EU citizen’s non-EU family member, within 3 months of arrival. Due to all the bureaucracy and documentation necessary, we were only able to do so towards the end of the 3 months period, and as it turned out, the permit was denied after the 3 month period had already ended. We were denied because in the case of common law marriage, it must be registered in Europe, and ours was only in Brazil. Regarding the residency, we know what we have to do, go back to Brazil, get married, and come back with a marriage certificate.

What we are worried about is that she has overstayed her 3 months (by 2 weeks now – we received the denial letter 2 days ago). Will she have problems to leave the country, or to come back after the 3 months have wore off?

She does have the application form for the residency card stamped by the local Police office, as well as the denial letter, which also states she has 30 days to file an appeal to the decision (but since we do not have the required documentation, ie. marriage certificate, it makes no sense to do so). So it is not like she intended to overstay, we really thought we would be able to get her the residency card, but now that it was denied, she is leaving as soon as possible.

However, I dont know if the immigration officers will care about that or see it that way. If she goes back and has no problem on exit, is it safe to assume that there shouldnt be any future problems? Or she might still have trouble when re-entering? Any thoughts on what we should do?

Sorry for the long question. Thank you!

    maitravelsite - October 24, 2014 Reply

    Oi Marco, bom dia.

    Your wife should be fine when leaving the country as luckily Spain is not very picky when checking passports for the people leaving the country. Once you leave you can take care of all the paper work and go what has to be done properly. This said, don’t overstay much, the sooner you leave the easier it will be to avoid any complications (which may come if you’re unlucky enough to find a customs agent who does check everything in detail and is in a bad mood. If this happens show what you have and explain the situation making sure you point out that you’re leaving to get the papers like they should be. Lesson learned too: bureaucracy is never fast, don’t delay things. Hope this helps!

Omar - October 20, 2014 Reply

Hi, I am in Denmark right now and I have overstayed my tourist visa by about a month without realizing.. Is this going to be a huge problem for me? I am a bit concerned, do I need to prepare a case of some sort for why I overstayed?

    maitravelsite - October 21, 2014 Reply

    Well, it depends on the mood of the agents. From nothing to being banned to re-visit for some time anything can happen. If I were you I’d find out what the penalty fee is and have a good story just in case. You may even want to give a heads up to your embassy/consulate…

worried mum - October 19, 2014 Reply

My son has overstayed in Cambodia for one year. I want to bring him home but have no idea what I have to do.

    worried mum - October 19, 2014 Reply

    Sorry, I should have said that he is a British citizen. I’d be very grateful for advice on how to get my son home. He’s destitute over there and has been for some time. I’m getting worried about his mental health.

      maitravelsite - October 21, 2014 Reply

      Hi there! The best thing to do is, first of all, contact the UK embassy or consulate there and give them a heads up so they can help if necessary. On another note, it seems that if you overstay in Cambodia there is a 5 or 6 USD/day overstayed fee , so multiply this by the number of days he overstayed to get an idea. Purchasing the extended visa is also sometimes given as an option, and in his case it would be better as it costs around 300 USD. Sometimes local travel agents can take care of this for a negotiable fee. Hope this helps…

Sherry - October 19, 2014 Reply

Hi! I found your your website very helpful! I need your help. Im in germany right now with an overstayed tourist visa for 6months and i am planning to look for an employer in canada. If i find an employer can i process my visa here in germany going to canada even with an overstayed visa stamp on my passport? Im from the philippines. Thanks. I hope youll read my comment. Thnx!

Emal - October 18, 2014 Reply

I’m a citizen of Afghanistan,I came by Student Visa to India on July 2009,and beside of my studying I was playing soccer for a football club,the owner of my club promised me to get me an Indian passport, because he has a lot of Influence I trusted him,and I didn’t care about my Visa Extension which I did a big mistake,because he didn’t fulfil his promise,my Visa was expired on July 2012,Now I have completed my studying and I want to go back home,I am so worried, I have no idea what I have to do!what would you suggest me to do.How much will cost for all of it and how can I leave India with out any trouble(Jail…)?
plz help me

Federico please reply me.

    maitravelsite - October 18, 2014 Reply

    Hello Emal, sorry to hear this major problem you’re in. You have overstayed for more than two years and that’s quite some time, so you’re going to have to prepare your case well. I don’t know how much it will be, but it should be quite a bit…in fact being deported is probably your best bet. Make sure you have documents that prove you have been studying when there for starters, and next, contact you consulate and explain them your situation. If the local consulate doesn’t help, then call the embassy too. There’s not much I can do, unfortunately, but your consulate should be able to point you in the right direction. You may also want to call Indian immigration anonymously (make up a name) and explain your situation, see what they say. And your school should be notified too. Hope this helps Emal…

      Emal - October 19, 2014 Reply

      How can I chat with you Federico?
      this is my Yahoo ID: mosaferdur@yahoo.com

        maitravelsite - October 21, 2014 Reply

        Hi Emal! I think you sent me an email already 🙂

Faith - October 17, 2014 Reply

Hi I have a very stron concern.
I am A F1 student who’s Student visa is still valin until August 2015, However my concerns are I had a year long permit in which I was working here in the US, It was expired on June 2014,that same day was my last working. My concerns are am I considered over staying my staus and what procedures are there to take I just concern if I leave If ill be able to come back to the US on a visitors visa, Bare in mind my student visa is nto expired but my work poermit is. CAn get get some suggestions please. Appreciate it. Thanks.

    maitravelsite - October 18, 2014 Reply

    Hi Faith. You have a student visa so you can be in the country until August 2015, though you can no loner work because your working visa expired. Perhaps you can request to change the student visa to a working student visa?

Emal - October 16, 2014 Reply

I’m a citizen of Afghanistan,I came by Student Visa to India on July 2009,and beside of my studying I was playing soccer for a football club,the owner of my club promised me to get me an Indian passport, because he has a lot of Influence I trusted him,and I didn’t care about my Visa Extension which I did a big mistake,because he didn’t fulfil his promise,my Visa was expired on July 2012,Now I have completed my studying and I want to go back home,I am so worried, I have no idea what I have to do!what would you suggest me to do.How much will cost for all of it and how can I leave India with out any trouble(Jail…)?
plz help me

Clare - October 14, 2014 Reply

Hi,

I will be in Paris for an internship from 25 Oct to 31 Jan 2015. I’m going there as tourist status as my internship is not remuerated and I’ve obtained the internship contract (convention de stage). However it looks like I will be overstaying my 90 days visa free period, am I in danger of being fined or banned from France?
I’m really worried, please advuse. Thanks so much!

    maitravelsite - October 14, 2014 Reply

    Hi Clare. In theory, if you overstay, you are in danger of being fined or banned, though the second is rather unlikely. It also depends on how long you will overstay… but then since you still have time you might want to request a visa extension? As the work is not remunerated the company should be able to help too..

Mahek - October 14, 2014 Reply

Hi I’m a British citizen my husband is pakistani he is overstayed know we got married 2years back I have applied for his visa but the home office is taking so long could you tell me If my husband will get a visa from here

    maitravelsite - October 14, 2014 Reply

    If he hasn’t received the papers he is indeed in danger of having some sort of problem should he want to travel. This said you are married, and that definitely helps. How long ago did you apply for it? There should also be some sort of permanent residency permit while the visa situation is taken care of. I recommend you contact UK Immigration and ask about this, you have the link to the official UK immigration website in the article. Hope this helps!

    WhiteAngel - October 16, 2014 Reply

    I suggest you get a very good solicitor cos there is a high chance he will be denied. Ideally, he should have left the UK and applied from outside and he would have had 100% chance of getting the spousal visa. But chin up – you just might be lucky. If you want a recommendation for a very good immigration lawyer, just let me know

Kalie - October 13, 2014 Reply

Hello! I’m an American, and back in 2010 I overstayed my tourist visa while travelling around Europe by about 5 months. As I was leaving the EU to travel back to the States, I was confronted at passport control in Zurich, Switzerland and had to pay a fine before leaving the country. They told me that my overstay may effect my travelling in the future for about 2-3 years in Europe. I have not tried to leave the States since, but now I am about to go to Australia and New Zealand for 1 month and I am nervous my previous history will effect my entry into those countries. It has now been 4 years and everyone keeps telling me I should be fine, but I just want to know FOR SURE that I’ll be ok travelling once again. Please share any sort of information you have on a situation like this!! Cheers!

    Kalie - October 13, 2014 Reply

    I guess i’m so confused because I was never given a definite “yes” or “no” about being able to travel. All they told me was “it may” effect my travel in Europe for the next 2-3 years… Would that effect me travelling to Australia and NZ anyways?

    maitravelsite - October 14, 2014 Reply

    Hi Kalie. The EU overstay should not affect your AU and NZ travels in any way. It’s been a long time since it happened and they are completely different countries. Don’t worry! This said you could hypothetically run into an annoying customs agent who may want to mess with you, but if that’s the case ask to speak with a supervisor and you should be fine. To wrap it up: you’re good. Hope this helps!

      Kalie - October 14, 2014 Reply

      Ahhhh!! Thank you!! I know I’m probably just be paranoid, but this is a huge trip for me and I kept having nightmares of getting to the airport and then being told I couldn’t travel so, I just wanted to make absolutely sure! Thank you so much for the swift response, I will sleep easy tonight at last 🙂

        maitravelsite - October 15, 2014 Reply

        No worries Kalie, have a great trip!! 🙂

ayman - October 11, 2014 Reply

Hello iam a doctor and i have applied for a long stay research visa to france. The passport came back with no visas or stamps. nothing at all as if it was not sent there. also i got a small paper with the fees paid at TLS contact center. what does this mean ???

Thanks a lot

    maitravelsite - October 14, 2014 Reply

    There was a problem there Ayman. Call the consulate and ask right away. Either they have forgotten to stamp the visa or it was not granted, in which case they should not charge you.

      Ayman - October 14, 2014 Reply

      Thanks a lot for reply appreciate that. Actually i called the consulate and after about 30 calls i got an answer and it was if you have nothing in your passport this means that itcwas rejected and you should have an accompanying letter explainig the cause but i told her that i had only the paper with fees . She said no you should find this paper and did nor believe. Finally said i dont know check with TLS and they know nothing ar all and said call the consulate. Today they erased my account frim Tls contact web site and i dont know what to do …. Should i apply again.

        maitravelsite - October 14, 2014 Reply

        Once more bureaucrats are not doing their job, it’s the same thing everywhere. I suggest you now call Immigration in France directly, you can purchase a call card to save money. See what they say there…and I suggest you don’t pay them again before you get some sort of answer. Did you get a letter of invitation from the company you’d be doing the research with? This is very important, and they should be able to help out…

          Ayman - October 16, 2014 Reply

          Yes sir i have an invitation letter from the French Center. I sent an en query to the consulate one weak ago and i got only that your question has been forwarded to the person in charge. iam still waiting dont know for how long but it seems that no one is caring.

          maitravelsite - October 18, 2014 Reply

          It’s the problem with bureaucracy. Call every week, make sure they know you’re on it. As WhiteAngel says you may need the help of a lawyer, but that is money… in any case keep asking, and your partner should be able to help from France too. Maybe she can get a letter of invitation or something like that? Ask her to go to immigration and see what they say…

Shelly. - October 11, 2014 Reply

Hi,

I am a British girl and I have been living in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt for the past 11 months.

I came to Egypt on the 22nd of november 2013 and got a tourist visa from the airport for 30 days.
Unfortunately I have over stayed my tourist visa until now and would need to get it renewed.
I will be getting it for 1 year but apparently I have to have it from date of arrival which means I will pay to have my visa for 1 year starting from 22nd of november 2013 until 22nd of november 2014 which if you do the math means I will only be legal for 1 month (as now is the middle of october) and again I will have to renew it for another year at the end of november again… this is very confusing I know but can you tell me if this is correct?
also, when I renew my visa for 1 year at the end of november will I have to leave the country and come back??

Please help.

    maitravelsite - October 14, 2014 Reply

    Hi Shelly,

    Most probably you will be fined for overstaying and could even be deported, be aware of this as it is something you will have to take care of first. Once this is done, if you are allowed to stay in and get the one year visa you should not need to leave. Even if over the phone you’re told all is good I wouldn’t count on victory until you have all the papers…

    If they do allow you to purchase the visa and apply it from the day you landed you are being treated very generously as I’m sure the fine is much worse. If you have to apply again for a visa after that I would still be very happy with what you’re getting!

    Hope this helps 🙂

Sopheap - October 11, 2014 Reply

Hi!,

I am Cambodian citizen, living in Cambodia. I come to Korea for Youth Program. I just landed in South Korea and when I look at my visa they gave me just for 10days, I need 11 days in fact. I got the return flight and it will be 1 day over stay in Korea. I am trying to change my flight but there is no seat available at the moment. Only upgrade can but it is very costly.

Any advice about this situation.

    maitravelsite - October 14, 2014 Reply

    They only gave you 10 days? Call or even visit the South Korea immigration office that is closest to you. Explain that you need 11 days, what for, and they should be able to modify this for you or give you some sort of 24 hour extension. Make sure you go with the Youth Program official documents you have and all the papers you may need to get it fixed on the spot. It’s only 1 more day. Don’t waste time and let me know how it goes!

Amoke - October 10, 2014 Reply

I am a Nigerian with a Nigerian passport. I have overstayed my schengen tourist visa of 90days of 30 free days by 8days and I want to get married to my fiance who is currently living in Germany and he is a German citizen. We intend having our wedding in Denmark in a couple of days. Do you think we would be able to get married in Denmark considering the fact that I have overstayed the free 30days on my visa by 8 days?

    maitravelsite - October 10, 2014 Reply

    If you’re getting married in two day I think the risk of doing is better than not. Would you be going overland? If you fly there might be an issue when they check passports, but overland you’ll probably just get the wave of a hand. Taking things by the letter in theory you are not able to, but with some luck you could make it happen. Unfortunately there is no real definitive answer. Good luck, let me know what happens if you can!

Anna - October 9, 2014 Reply

Hi,
I have dual nationality (Brazil and UK). I entered the US with my Brazilian passport, which allows me to stay for 6 months. It expires in 20 days. Can I leave for a week and then re-enter with my British passport? I would like to stay for 2 more months and fear that if I try to re-enter with my Brazilian passport they will not allow me, since I have just spent 6 months here.
Thank you,
Anna

    maitravelsite - October 10, 2014 Reply

    Good question. I’m not 100% sure but I believe you should be able to. I have done that myself and never had problems as you’d entering as a citizen from another country.

junior - October 9, 2014 Reply

Hi,

I had a working holiday visa for 2 years in Canada and then had a holiday visa after that. after this i ended up overstaying for 11 months.I am a citizen of Ireland and would like to return to Canada. When i left i was not stamped at the border but im wondering if i will be able to return.Will
reject my application for a student visa? Also is marriage a possibility. My girlfriend is still there. Could i get a visa thaat way??

    maitravelsite - October 9, 2014 Reply

    Hi Junior, if you were able to leave the country without your passport being stamped and nothing negative was said (being banned, penalization fees, etc) then you should be able to go right back in, specially if some time has passed since those 11 months ended. Hope this helps!

karim mousa - October 4, 2014 Reply

hi please i need to ask u . i been living in greece illegale and i get deport in 2012 and i want to know if i can apply for usa tourist visa to visite my friend . thx

    maitravelsite - October 9, 2014 Reply

    You can apply, but not sure if you’ll be allowed in. How much time were you banned for? You should have been told. Call the Greek embassy first, or enter Europe through another country and travel overland.