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Long term stay Schengen visa for Malaysian

edited June 2014 in - Italy

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?


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