Long term stay Schengen visa for Malaysian
I (a-non Malaysian) got a 6 month research attachment in Italy and my visa is granted yesterday. I plan to bring along my wife (who is a Malaysia National) for 6 months stay but unfortunately the consular section does not issue a visa for such period. According to them, as Malaysia nationals do not require a visa for 3 months she can accompany me for three months only. They are not sure what kind of visa they should issue to us.
Can someone suggest a way out?
Is it possible to go to Italy on a tourist visa and then she can apply for a residence permit?