1. My non-EU wife applies in February for her residence permit based on family ties here in Finland.(Her visa is valid for 1-year)
2. She stays here with me until June (overstays 90 days as she's allowed to). Leaves Finland for 2-3 weeks. (Direct flight to another country with no layovers)
3. Enters Finland again ( her visa is still valid but 90/180 days are used).
I'm concerned about point #3 and initially I thought it's not going to work out, but here's what I found on this forum (it says for US citizens, but I feel like it should be the same for non-EU too):
And this is what migri's site stating (there's a warning about issuing a new visa, but my wife's visa is going to be valid at that time )OK U.S.A. peeps, I now have reliable information as I actually took it upon myself to e-mail the Finnish border security and got a surprisingly speedy reply. A US citizen, whose immigration process is ongoing, is allowed to travel in and out of Finland even after the 90 days in Schengen area in the past 180 are up. This has a few requirements though:
- Must only travel to and from Finland directly outside Schengen (so, for example, directly from Helsinki to LAX in our case, no layovers within Schengen)
- Passport has to be valid for 3 months after re-entering Finland and
- It is recommended to have a copy of the Migri paper stating your RP is in process with you when you travel
If your 90 days within 180 days are not over however, you have no problem travelling back and forth with as many layovers as your heart pleases.
I'm definitely printing that e-mail and giving it to my fiancé when he flies out to the States, as we all know, the more paper you have, the better!!!
What do you guys think about that situation? Do you think it's going to be a problem to leave and enter Finland again after 90/180 days expire ?I have submitted an application for a residence permit in Finland. May I leave Finland and then return to Finland to await my decision?
Yes, you may, if a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate) grants you a visa or if you can return visa-free. Please remember that you will not necessarily be granted a visa for the purpose of returning to Finland.
Thanks for the help in advance!