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Can a US Citizen Stay in Europe for More Than 90 Days?

As a US citizen, you are generally allowed to stay in the Schengen Area, which includes most European Union (EU) member states, for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. This means that you can visit these countries for tourism, business meetings, or other short-term purposes for a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period.

If you wish to stay in Europe for more than 90 days, you would typically need to apply for a long-term visa or a residence permit based on the purpose of your stay. The requirements and procedures for obtaining a long-term visa or residence permit vary among EU countries, and they are typically more stringent than the requirements for short-term stays.

For example, if you plan to study, work, start a business, or join a family member in Europe, you would generally need to apply for the appropriate visa or residence permit before your intended stay. These permits often have specific requirements related to the purpose of your stay, financial resources, accommodation, health insurance, and other factors.

It’s important to note that each EU country has its own immigration rules and processes for long-term stays, so it’s essential to research and understand the specific requirements of the country you intend to stay in. It’s advisable to consult with the embassy or consulate of the country where you plan to stay to get accurate and up-to-date information about the visa or residence permit application process.

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