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i want to travel in western europe for over 90 days and will probably not be working abroad. i’m mostly scared about the schengen agreement thing and how it may be more strict by the time i go in early 2008. i am an american citizen and have american parents. my grandma however was born in austria and left early when hitler came into power as a child on the kindertransport thing. she is now an american citizen and my mom said she doesnt have a duel citizenship with austria. can i get duel citizenship with america and austria with having a grandma whose still alive who was born in austria?

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Surely that’s a question for the Austrian Embassy??

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I’m going through a similar issue .I know in most countries outside the US your descent is determined by the nationality of your father or grandfather. If your grandfather was Austrian as well then theres a possibility you might be eligble for Austrian citizenship. As far as the Schengen treaty goes…In some countries it’s enforced more than others…. Ppl on here talk about going to a country outside of Schengen and re-entering… which is all fine and good but you have to stay there for 3 months!!! ….. this is how it works…3 months in schengen ..3 months out … no more than 180 days in one calendar year…..you could always apply for an extention to stay longer but that process differs from country to country

If you overstay slightly you might get away with it . there is a monetary for going over the 90 days . In the end its your call.
In my sitiation my travel agent booked 91 days and i an debateing running the risk or just changing the ticket

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Chios, I’m sure you can get outside of Schengen for 1 day? Those 90 days are not consecutive, just 90 days within a 180 day period if I understand correctly.

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Chios, I’m sure you can get outside of Schengen for 1 day? Those 90 days are not consecutive, just 90 days within a 180 day period if I understand correctly.

i’m not chios but i think it legally is 90 consecutive days. i wish it was just counting the days actually spent in schengen because then i would be fine. from what i have read on here and on some other websites, the second you enter a schengen country is when the time starts clicking for how many days you can remain in that area.

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Tom, take a look here:
http://www.aussenmin…

From this, I would gather your grandma could re-obtain Austrian citizenship should she want to (which she might well not). However, your mother wouldn’t be eligible for Austrian citizenship, because her father wasn’t Austrian and she was born before 1983. So I think you’re out of luck. But phone the embassy to be sure.

chios, spend one day in the UK or Switzerland or one of a few other countries, and your 91-day ticket is fine (presuming you’re a US or Canadian citizen).

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With the exception of Ireland (and they were going to change this), any country that grants citisenship on an ancestry basis will require a period of residence to obtain citisenship.