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Please confirm or deny my calculated thinking on this.

We have our long stay visa from the US to France for one year, expiring Oct 10, 2020. If we decide to not renew it, can we then enter the other Schengen countries (but not France) for the next 90 days?
I guess another way to ask the question is: After our long stay visa is final, do we get another 90 days in the EU countries? Or do we have to leave for 90 days before we can come back in?

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Technically speaking, you must leave France by the expiration date of your titre de séjour (i.e. your long stay visa) - but if you leave France to go to another Schengen country, you will technically be entering that country on a separate Schengen visa (i.e. the stamp in your passport that validates your entry as a tourist).

Normally speaking, it shouldn't really matter if you don't enter the other Schengen country without a stamp in your passport (like, if you are driving around), but just be aware that, if you need for some reason to "prove" that you entered the country legally, your French visa won't do you any good once it has expired. The big difference is that you aren't considered "resident" in France or in whatever country you are visiting, since you'll only be a tourist.

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Thanks Bev
You always have a great wealth of knowledge about these things.

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