Problems when exiting Schengen area on expired residence permit

11/3/2016 1:27:01 PM

I understand that Mexican nationals enjoy 90 days in 6 months tourist stay in Schengen but this period doesn’t automatically start after your long-term residence permit or visa expires

You are incorrect, there’s no need to reenter the Schengen area after the expiration of one’s national visa. According to the Schengen Border Code:

Periods of stay authorised under a residence permit or a long-stay visa shall not be taken into account in the calculation of the
duration of stay on the territory of the Member States.

So your girlfriend’s status as a citizen of an Annex II country would trigger immediately after her residency permit expires. She is therefore free to stay in the Schengen area for 90 days after September 1st.

My question is: Would there be an issue when she’ll go through border/passport control in Berlin (on 30th Nov. 2016)?

No, there won’t be a problem at the border crossing. Just make sure that your girlfriend presents her residency permit to verify her former status as a long-term resident.

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