Tourist visa extensions in the Schengen area
August 28, 2013 12:15 AM Subscribe
My family and I would like to spend an extended time (5-6 months or more) in Europe. My wife is a US/Canadian citizen (the rest of us are Dutch citizens), and that seems to present a problem if we want to stay more than 90 days, which is the maximum length of Schengen tourist status. I'm not getting very far trying to figure out if and how that time can be extended. The process seems to vary from country to country. We're pretty flexible about which countries we stay in, so which countries make this relatively easy and cheap?
posted by Emanuel to travel & transportation (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
One possibility we're already considering is to spend time on the British Isles, which are not part of the Schengen area. That's not at the top of our list of areas to visit, but could be part of the plan.
Another possibility is that, since I am an EU citizen, there may be some kind of "family reunification" type process that's usable. I've looked at the process for the Netherlands and it seems complex and expensive, and assumes that I actually live in the country (which I have never done -- the only official tie I have to the Netherlands and EU is my passport). Are there countries that by virtue of my EU citizenship would make this relatively easy/inexpensive?
We are particularly interested in northern Europe and Scandinavia, but willing to spend time in other areas as well.
* If the time is extended in one country, would that apply to the whole Schengen area or just that one country?
* The Faroe Islands aren't part of Schengen, so would time spent there not count toward the 90 days? Given we'd almost certainly need to transit through a Schengen country to get there, and there are no passport controls between the Schengen area and the Faroe Islands, how would that work exactly?
* I will be working during this time, doing the same remote contract work for an American company as I do in Canada. I know my wife will need some kind of proof of funds; will proof that I have a job and will continue to be payed for that work during our stay be sufficient?
(PS. Despite the title, I realize my wife does not need an actual visa in her passport to enter the Schengen area)