I'm applying for a year-long student visa for Spain (Madrid), all my records and documents are fine. I have no problem with any sort of requirement for the visa (passport, background check, etc); however, I've been to Spain this year already and I overstayed the 90-day limit by about 2 weeks. I never stayed there for more than 90 days consecutively if that helps, I did leave the Schengen zone in the middle of my stay and had no problems when I went through the airport to go back to the US. I'm interested to know how much I should be worried about my visa application, I know Spain is very relaxed but I'm still nervous. Somebody mentioned I could get a new passport so that the stamps wouldn't be visible but that just seems sketchy as they could look up my past travels and then wonder why I have a new passport all of a sudden. I know my decision to overstay was absolutely idiotic but any advice would be incredible.
Overstay is not an issue as long as you can provide a valid reason for the same, What I would suggest is to explain the reason for overstay in your letter of intent/ statement of purpose when submitting the visa application to explain your situation to the visa officer.