Hi My name is Fernanda and I am Brazilian.
I am going to study in France from July 30th until the end of December and the French consulate has given me a D Student visa France + 1 transit schengen, Multiple entry, valid for 6 months starting on July 10th (the day of my flight), "dispense de carte de séjour"
After entering France (on a flight from Milan) on Jul 13th:
Can I leave the Schengen states (to go for a week in Turkey for example?) again during the lenght of my visa?
Can I cross to Switzerland (I can enter Switzerland with my passport without a problem) during the lenght of my visa?
The French consulate in São Paulo has informed that "after I enter France I can leave anytime and go anywhere" but from what I have been reading in this forum this is not true.
I am very concerned because I have a train ticket from Paris to Geneva and a return flight from Geneva to Istanbul before my course starts in Lyon (Jul 30th).
I'm really lost and I don't know what to do. Should I cancel these trips? Or can I rely on the "multiple entries" I am entitled in my visa?