I have obtained my visa to study in the Schengen area. It is valid from September 4. However my flight is on September 2 (flights are full and I cannot change it). I can enter the Schengen area as a tourist on my second passport and then once my visa is valid I can remain and study in that area legally with my other passport.

Will it be an issue if I do not have an exit stamp on the passport I have entered? Will it be an issue if I do not have an entering stamp on the passport that carries my student visa? How can I approach this issue without having to fly out of the Schengen area with the passport I have entered and reenter with my valid visa?

I plan to study in Spain.

  • Why would you need to use your second passport? Is it from a different country? If the visa is in the passport of a country that doesn't require tourist visas, you ought to be able to use that passport to enter before the student visa becomes valid. – phoog Aug 23 '18 at 16:28
  • @phoog In that case, would they need to change their immigration status? (Is there such a thing in Schengen?) – David Richerby Aug 23 '18 at 16:33
  • @phoog I need to use the second passport because I can only enter schengen area with the passport that has a student visa with a visa (it is a require even for tourists) – MariaMaria Aug 23 '18 at 17:05
  • @DavidRicherby, that exactly what I would like to know. Otherwise my last restort would be travelling to the UK for a day and reentering the schengen area when my visa is valid. but I want to avoid that. – MariaMaria Aug 23 '18 at 17:06
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    @MariaMaria there's nothing in the Schengen codes that requires you to leave and re-enter. But national law might require it. We can't answer the question with any degree of certainty without knowing what country you plan to study in. Also, since it concerns a long-term visa, this question probably belongs on Expatriates rather than here. – phoog Aug 23 '18 at 17:28

As I understand it:

  • You have a Spanish D (long-stay) visa valid from September 4th.
  • You have two citizenships. One would require a visa, and the passport has the Spanish visa in it. The other does not require a visa.

I think your concern about missing stamps is misplaced. You are traveling with a combination of passports and disjointed stamps are common for dual citizens.

We have several answers on going from long-stay to tourism, the opposite direction but fundamentally the same you are doing here.

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