Can I stay in Hungary past 90 days while my immigration papers are being processed?
I'm a US citizen. I have three weeks left in Hungary on my passport before my 90 days are up. I am working here and my employer is helping me apply for residency and a work visa, but the process has been so long and difficult - I had to have a bunch of paperwork sent from the U.S. and get it translated, and it's just been a nightmare. We should be able to submit everything required for the application this week, but the Immigration office takes 30 days to process it.
My question is, once the application is submitted, and is being processed, can I stay beyond 90 days? I've been reading on here that if I leave the Schengen area I will have to wait 90 days to return, and that won't be possible; my employer won't be able to wait 3 months for me to come back and would have to hire someone to replace me.
We had no idea when I arrived this would be so difficult. If anyone knows if I can stay while my application is in process, please let me know. Any advice is appreciated!