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Thanks for your assistance but am still not satisfied with your response to my question. How can the EEA national's embassy in the country that are resident or present at the time of application be the Bulgarian Embassy in UK? I don't get it. They said and i quote " a copy of the EEA national's passport or identity card, endorsed by the EEA national's embassy in the country in which they are resident or present at the time of application".
My wife being a UK/EEA national has her embassy as the UK embassy. Please explain to me how a UK citizen's embassy in the country they are resident being the UK would mean the Bulgarian embassy in UK.
If your partner is British and living in the UK then you should not usually be using the EEA route unless your partner has very recently returned to the UK.
If your partner is British and living in Bulgaria then the EEA route would apply.
Are you saying that she is British, has been working in Bulgaria but is now currently living and working in the UK but has only recently returned to the UK?
My partner is also Nigerian but is a UK citizen by virtue of the citizenship of her parents. She moved to the UK in 1999. I have a temporary residence in Bulgaria as a student and therefore can only apply for the EEA family permit from here. I have read on the UKBA site that the EEA family permit is EEA family members e.g spouse. We met during her Mum's funeral in Nigeria by february this year. She's been here to see me a couple of times in Bulgaria. At first u said a copy of her passport should be endorsed by the Bulgarian embassy in UK in response to my question. Please clarify me.
Your answers worry me because it completely contradicts what's on the UKBA site.
She has not been living and working in another EEA country that is not the UK and i can't go to my country... at least not now. And i have to be in UK before the 5th of October because of our white wedding. **sad face**
Can i apply for a normal visiting visa? What form of assistance can u offer me to get this and get it fast enough?
Ok but one last question. I have only been in Bulgaria for about 5-6 months. I hope that won't be a problem securing the visit visa because i have heard that i have to be here for a year in order to apply. How true...???
I have a 1 year Bulgarian temporary residence permit as a student which would expire on the 17th of April 2014. Meaning that i still have about 8 months to go.
Now obviously i have to cancel my appointment with the UK embassy for the EEA family permit. But if i do this and fill out another form for visiting, won't they still have my data in their system as one who once applied for EEA family permit thereby conflicting things about my application. Or is it that as soon as i cancel my appointment, all information about my application wipes out from their system or made null and void?
Thank u so much for your useful advice. The section on the UKBA site that states that as one on a temporary resident permit, i cannot apply for most types of visa in that country. I can only apply for :
Going by this, can i apply for a family visa as one going to visit my wife or as an independent visitor. Does family visitor visa come under this category of visitor visa stated here?
Thank u so much. Would it be necessary for my wife to accompany me to the UK embassy on the day of my interview appointment?
I sure will.... THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
Hello, please how much money should be enough for my visit. I stated in my application that i would visiting for 7 days. And my wife was going to take care of it. They asked how much i would be receiving for my trip, i said 1,000 pounds from her and 250 pounds from me. Total of 1,250 pounds. Is this ok? It's just a 1 week vacation. I intend to attach a copy of the moneygram receipt she sent the money with. How much should my wife be worth as balance in her account?
Thank you so much. How long do u think it would take to issue this family visit visa from UK embassy, Bulgaria? Would i be able to meet up as against October 5th???
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I just filled out the forms but i may have made a mistake. I should have put it in there that am going for my church wedding because of my wife's family. But i forgot. Can i cancel the application and start afresh? I have receipts to show details of the wedding plan BUT part of the requirements for this family visa is that u MUST not enter the UK to get married. But my wife and i are legally married. The church ceremony is for her family.
But i hope the fact that am going for my church wedding ceremony won't hamper my application? Because am not allowed to marry on this kind of visa.
Thank u so so much. Can i make a hotel reservation for my stay for my wedding period or it has to be my wife's address. She has been having troubles formalizing her tenancy agreement becos it was transferred to her from her late Mum. Would a hotel accommodation suffice for a suitable accommodation for me. Becos i saw something like that there.
Hello, if am applying for the family visitor visa, should my wife also send me a letter of invitation? And if so, should this letter be one addressed to me or to the embassy?
does it matter if the letter of invitation is hand written or typed?
Hello, my wife wasn't able to get the letter from the organization that manages the property where she lives. After her mum passed away, they were supposed to transfer it to her but because they haven't finalized the process, as a matter of company policy, they cannot issue any form of letter to state that she lives there. This is so sad because i have already filled my visa form and paid the required fee. My appointment for biometrics is for Friday, next 2moro.
Am so worried because we dont have any evidence to show proof of where she lives.
What do i do??????
She has been paying the rent for the property since early this year. She has asked the property firm to send her payment receipts of payments which are in her name. Her payslips and old and current work contracts have the same address. Would the embassy accept scanned copies. I can print out in full colored. It cannot be sent by mail cos of time.
Every other document is in the original except the payment receipts which is in to be sent via email.
Hello, am at the verge of loosing/canceling my appointment for Friday and the visa fee because of this property document that was refused my wife. Please would a hotel accommodation for the duration of my stay make sense even though i already put down her house address as the place i would stay. or is there any way around this accommodation document thing?
But isn't that too much of a risk....?
Her family lawyer wants to prepare another tenancy agreement for us with another address. But i fear that that would complicate my application. Even if i fill another visa form, the embassy already has my application.
I have told them that that will complicate things if i fill another form with another address as my wife's address. Reason being that i feel it is risky to send 2 different applications into 1 embassy with different address. I declined the idea.
Hope i made sense and hope i did the right thing?
That's the most ANNOYING part. The receipt providers have refused to issue some sort of letter stating that she's been the one paying the rent for the property, saying that its against their policy... probably because ownership of the house has not yet been transferred to her. But they know she's been living there and has been the one paying the rent and maintaining the house ever since her mum died. It's so sad and so annoying. She moved in there with her mum after she took ill and eventually died of cancer. She has since lived in that house since that time being sometime around January this year. Prior to that time, she had an address somewhere else where she lived and probably that would be the address on her bank statements and also she used her brother's house as a billing address because she wasn't sure where she would be moving to. At her request (my wife), they eventually sent to her via email, the payment receipts of the rents she has been paying but to our greatest SHOCK, the receipts still bore her late mother's name.
Now i have filled and submitted my visa application forms with that house address. When a lawyer friend of her family heard of the situation, he said i should be told not to go to the embassy without anything to show where my wife lives and said we should give him about 5 - 7 days to get us another tenancy agreement that i could apply with. But i was not comfortable with the idea for reasons i have already explained to you here. But contracts of her past and current place of work have the address on it, her payments slips have the address on it, the past phone bills of the land phone has the address on it. And she said that there are records on her bank statements that she has been paying the rent there.
Her mother's house address. The same house i have been talking about, that property owners won't issue a letter for. The same house address i used for my family visitor's visa application.
Hello, been awaiting your response after answering your question.
I meant that the house is not in her name but in her late mother's name. No document or letter from the property owners to show this. But work contracts,, payslips and some bills have her name with the address on it.
Am sorry. U sound like am wearing u out.
So she should indicate in her letter that the address on the work contract, payslips etc are evidence of her accommodation?
my wife now has a new passport that bears her new last name as one married to me. When applying for my UK family visa, should i also include a copy of the old passport or just the new one would do?
hello, my UK family visitor's visa was denied few days ago and my church wedding in the UK is meant to be this weekend. Am completely shattered.
My wife is UK citizen and her passport bears my name. I dont know what to expect at the embassy in Warsaw when we get there. What should i do? what shud we say?
Please i need your help.
No we don't have an appointment with anyone as this happened all of a sudden and we just decided today to go there tomorrow. She's UK citizen and we believe that she would be given audience for this reason as citizen are treated preference. Should i be worried about this?
Hi, my wife and I went to Warsaw, Poland. She stated her case very calmly but firmly. She stood her ground and she was attended to. To cut the long story short, i was given a 6 month family visitor visa and as i speak, i am in London right now. We had our church wedding 2 days ago and i am so happy and so relieved.
Thank you so much guys. Keep up the good work.
Hi, am going to Nigeria to apply for my spouse visa. At the moment am filling the forms. The section for sponsor details is a bit confusing. Are the questions there for me or for my wife who is acting as my sponsor? In the part they asked about my relationship with my sponsor, there is no option available to choose "wife", "husband" or "spouse". What they have there is uncle, aunty, brother, sister, cousin etc and lastly, "other relative". What do i do? Is "other relative" the right choice? For a spouse/settlement visa, i feel the options should be more precise. Please kindly assist.
Thanks Howard. I sure will. Just glad cos i thot i probably did something wrong.
Yea.. so the sponsor details section, is it for me or my wife or both of us?
Thank you. I do hope something is done about this new form.
I have gotten to the last of the application which is "additional information". Won't i be asked when we met and for how long we've known each other, my wife's income etc?
Hello, how much balance would be reasonable for my wife to have in her account when i apply for my spouse visa? A friend of mine whose husband is British citizen said when she applied for hers, her husband had a balance of 10,000 pounds in his account. Should my wife have that much in her account and also what if we borrow a huge amount into her account and print out the statement and return the money to the owner, will the UKBA normally call the banks to confirm the balance or they go by the balance they see in the account statement?
Oh yes... her annual earnings is almost twice the amount of what is required in the Financial Requirement by the UKBA just that a lot of expenses have been made and not enough substantial cash in her account. We were worried because her balance is very low
Hello Howard, i was very satisfied with your counsel during the time of my application from Sofia, Bulgaria. Now i am applying for my Spouse visa and am about leaving to my country, Nigeria to do that. Am still in the UK though on a family visitor visa.
I tried to rate your page so i can start another process with you but u have my old card details. How do i use another card?
Please reply. Thanks.