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About camilleelise

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  • Location Tiergarten, Berlin
  • Nationality American
  • Hometown Seattle
  • Gender Female
  • Year of birth 1984
  1. Schengen Travel Rules

    Basically I need to know whether as an American I am allowed to travel within the Schengen zone while I have a Fiktionsbescheinigung for an Aufenthaltserlaubnis fur Studium.   I realize there are in theory no border controls between Schengen countries, but I know that is not always the case in reality, and I had quite the scare at the airport today when trying to re-enter the country after a week in the UK (about an hour of the police discussing things seriously, not telling me what the problem was, but ultimately letting me in), but I plan on doing some travel (within the Schengen zone this time) over the next couple months, so I'm trying to figure out exactly what I am and am not allowed to do in my current situation, which is a bit complicated. Here's the longer, more specific version:   I was working last year as an English assistant in France, and had a residence permit for France which expired in May. When I moved back to the US in May, I flew home through Munich, so that stamp is in my passport. I visited Germany twice this summer, once for a week in early June, and again for a week at the end of July. I moved to Germany to study in mid October (I'm an MA student at the Freie Universität Berlin), registered at the Bürgeramt, etc, and applied for my Aufenthaltserlaubnis the first week of December. My proof of financial resources paperwork was deemed not official enough, so I was given a Fiktionsbescheinigung valid until March. This is in the form of a piece of paper stamped and signed by the woman at the Ausländerbehörde, with nothing in my passport. What I'm wondering is, if I take this paper with me can I avoid any possible confusion at border checks, or what happens regarding my rights to travel to/from and within the Schengen zone? Am I even allowed to travel? How do my French residence permit and German Fiktionsbescheinigung affect or figure into my 90 out of 180 days Schengen allowance? I wanted to go to Poland and the Czech Republic by train within the next few weeks, I have Ryanair tickets to Stockholm in late January and also a flight to Budapest in February...just want to make sure I'm actually allowed to do this and won't be barred from re-entering the country... Anyone have any insight into this situation?