So I have been in the Schengen zone this summer entering on 15th of June, 2022 and exiting on 30th of August, 2022 for business with Italy being my visa issuing country and first entry point. However, the visa issued by Italy had a 45-day duration limit expiring on August 2nd. Due to the fact that I needed to stay in the Schengen zone for longer to continue my meetings, I applied for a visa extension and got my visa extended from August 3rd to mid-September with another 45-day duration limit.
Therefore, considering my first entry date which was in mid-June, there were about the five-day between around 30th of July to the 3rd Aug during which I should have exited the Schengen zone and then re-enter on August 3rd, 2022. However, due to my busy schedule during that time, it was impossible for me to exit the Schengen zone and re-enter as it would disrupt my schedule that could not be re-scheduled. And to be honest, I got too busy to put attention to this.
As I was flying out from Berlin, the federal police found out and called me to their office and said this was a crime in Germany even though it was just a 5-day overstay without having exceeded the visa expiration date. They made me sign a few forms and said “You will fine and the record will be gone very soon…” when I asked whether this was to bring my any sort of consequences and whether this would leave me a criminal record in Schengen zone. Since it was already 10 minutes past the boarding time of my flight and flights are extremely limited during pandemic, I did not ask more questions or took copies of the forms as the time they took to make copies might get me miss the flight… I just signed the forms and confirmed with them once again “this would not affect my future application etc.”
But I still want to double-check, if there is anyone who had similar experience, whether this is really not to bring about consequences such as affecting my future application or leaving a criminal record somewhere?
There did not take my fingerprints; neither was I fined on site. They only asked me to sign a few forms and asked for my address to send a post.