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Old 05-06-2021, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Sputnik Planitia
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Any long term travelers stayed as a tourist in the Schengen area past the limit of 90 days? What strategy did you use to do this? Does Schengen have any way to extend the period?

I know one can leave and enter after a 90 day absence but now with Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania looking to join the Schengen the choices of other European countries to enter/exit are dwindling.
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Old 05-06-2021, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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There are a few countries that have one year long term stay visas but it can require a fair amount of paperwork and proof of enough assets that it doesn't look like you'll try to work illegally while you're there-

https://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-b...-than-90-days/
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Old 05-06-2021, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Chemnitz, Germany previous in AZ, CA, AL, NJ,
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The Schengen 90 day rule means a tourist can stay for a total of 90 days within a 180 period. You can split up the 90 days in and out of the Schengen zone in multiple visits within a 180 day period. You can't stay 90 days in the Schengen zone, leave the Schengen for a few days, and start the clock again within Schengen for another 90 day stay.

In Germany, I am retired and obtained a non-employment residence permit without much difficulty. I had to establish a residence address (lease agreement of a furnished apartment), show proof of good retirement income, buy private health insurance coverage (from BDAE insurance @ 150 Euro per month), register with the city as a resident and then apply for a residence permit. I also have a local bank account here and an Amazon credit card in Germany. I speak German, so I could fill out the forms for the residence permit and complete the interview for the residence permit application. It would not be so easy if someone did not speak German, unless an interpreter was hired.

I'm returning to the US in the fall, which will end my 12 month stay. It would be a hassle to stay longer, because then I would have to buy a more comprehensive health insurance instead of an emergency type plan, and I would have to buy long-term care insurance. I would also get into tax filing issues if I stayed longer.
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