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Can you combine a long stay visa with a schengen in the same year.

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we bought a house in France last year and had a long stay visa last year allowing us to stay for 6 months. It expired in November and we've only just discovered (whilst applying for a 2nd one) that we cannot re-apply until 6 months after the expiry of the 1st visa. Does anyone know if we can visit france for 2 months on an ordinary  schengen (90 day visa); then come back to the Uk and apply for the V-TLS  so we can return a month later and stay for upto 4 months? we're just scared that when we apply with TLS, they'll see our passport stamps and say we have to wait another period of time before validating the visa application...

Nobody at TLS seems sure so I'm hoping someone can help !

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This UK government website seems to suggest that your French long stay visa and short stay Schengen eligibility are separate so you should be okay -


Look in the Passports and Travel section -

If you stay in France with a French residence permit or long stay visa, this time does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit for the Schengen area.

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