Tunisian living in bulgaria

#1
My friend who is UK citizen is married to a Tunisian but they live in Bulgaria. They want to visit UK for a holiday does he need a visa. Thank you.
 

Kris

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#2
Under EU law family members of EU citizens are allowed to accompany them between member states.

However the UK is not in schengen....neither is bulgaria so his bulgarian visa does not automatically allow him to move about to the UK.

Ihttps://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/entry-exit/non-eu-family/index_en.htm

This would also require then to ensure that their Non EU spouse has a valid Tunisian passport and their relevant EU residency card.

1) https://www.gov.uk/family-permit/surinder-singh EEA family permit


The UK may well leave the EU on in May so the above may not work if that is the case or if the trip is after go for option 2.

Option 2 would also be valid (presumably) if the UK joins the EFTA/EEA Norway brexit option as this is a EEA permit not EU permit.

2) I would expect their husband to be stopped and to have problems so my advice would be for them to visit the UK embassy and apply for a visitors visa from there.

As the husband of a EU national with a job and papers all in order for bulgaria I expect he would get this.

If this is a ruse to try and avoid uk immigration it won't work out cheaper as they will check the following information. You actually have to properly live in the EU state for a while and move your entire life there not just move there for 6 months or so and they try it. With brexit so close this is a high risk option.

http://www.1st4immigration.com/surinder-singh-route.php
 
#3
Under EU law family members of EU citizens are allowed to accompany them between member states.

However the UK is not in schengen....neither is bulgaria so his bulgarian visa does not automatically allow him to move about to the UK.

Ihttps://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/entry-exit/non-eu-family/index_en.htm

This would also require then to ensure that their Non EU spouse has a valid Tunisian passport and their relevant EU residency card.

1) https://www.gov.uk/family-permit/surinder-singh EEA family permit


The UK may well leave the EU on in May so the above may not work if that is the case or if the trip is after go for option 2.

Option 2 would also be valid (presumably) if the UK joins the EFTA/EEA Norway brexit option as this is a EEA permit not EU permit.

2) I would expect their husband to be stopped and to have problems so my advice would be for them to visit the UK embassy and apply for a visitors visa from there.

As the husband of a EU national with a job and papers all in order for bulgaria I expect he would get this.

If this is a ruse to try and avoid uk immigration it won't work out cheaper as they will check the following information. You actually have to properly live in the EU state for a while and move your entire life there not just move there for 6 months or so and they try it. With brexit so close this is a high risk option.

http://www.1st4immigration.com/surinder-singh-route.php
He doesn't have a job he looks after her as she finds getting around difficult without help. Will he need a visa just for one weeks holiday
 

Kris

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#4
He doesn't have a job he looks after her as she finds getting around difficult without help. Will he need a visa just for one weeks holiday
He will either need EEA family permit (if they fill the requirements listed) http://www.1st4immigration.com/surinder-singh-route.php

or

UK visa

Unless he becomes a Bulgarian citizen.

Form what i know bulgaria and uk are not in schengen so non EU citizens need either the permit or visa to visit even if they have a schengen visa.

After March 29th this may well be all out of date so be aware of that.
 

Kris

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#5
From what you have said it should like either she does not work or is a lot older than her husband.

If this is not an attempt to circumnavigate the UK's immigration rules then I would look at getting the EEA family permit...normally however the timescales are such now that the permit may well b invalid in less than 12 weeks.

Without knowing you friends financial situation if she is much older then her husband and without employment he will struggle to get a visa as they would view a younger poor Tunisian husband as a immigration overstay risk as he is not a bulgarian citizen and is still non EU as such.

Anyone thinking of going the Surinder Singh route has a significant chance of disaster in the event of a hard brexit or even the current WA which has significant changes to freedom of movement...ie no longer exists in present form.

You may not even have time to apply for a EEA FAMILY permit so now its VISA or wait till after march 29th and then consider EEA permit.
 
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