We have been exploring a few options and we would now like to get married. I thought getting married in France was the best option as there is no marriage visa and a tourist visa is enough to get married. However, it would take at least 3 weeks, maybe even 4 weeks to have the whole wedding and EEA family permit sorted.
It might work out the same in terms of cost to get married in the UK because of the appartment and car renting and other costs, not to mention the fact I would need to take a considerate amount off work.
What is the best option for us: getting in the UK or in France?
I have read on the forum that the name of the family member is printed on the passport when one has a EEA family permit. This would be a problem if he wants to visit home as homosexuality is illegal in his country. Is there any way around this?
I also saw that the time for applications for EEA family permit is 3 days in Saudi Arabia whereas in France it's 15 days. We could consider spending two weeks in France to get married and then bringing my partner later on when he applies from his home city. It would be easier, that is if my name won't be on his passport.
I thought to go around the name thing we could try to go through Calais and get a stamp, I am from that region so it won't be far from us.
Does anyone have any experience on coming to the UK with a non-EU partner without EEA family permit?
The argument for getting married in the UK is that there won't be mention on the passport, is that right?
I have also read that if the UK stays in the EU some changes will apply to non-EU family partners coming to the UK but I couldn't find more information, does anyone know what these changes will be?
It seems overwhelming, we have spent a lot of time researching but we would really appreciate any information concerning the few points I have mentioned.
(1) for your partner to apply for a marriage visitor visa or settlement visa under the UK immigration rules in order for both of you to get married/civil-partnered in the UK. On getting married/civil partnered, your partner can then apply for his EEA residence card within the UK in order for him to live with you here. The settlement visa will be endorsed with your initials (first capital of your first name with your last name in full).
(2) for both of you to get married elsewhere (e.g. France) and then for your partner to apply for his EEA family permit there in order for him to join you in/accompany you to the UK as the family member of an EEA national. Your partner can apply for his EEA family permit from wherever you both plan to have your marriage (need not apply from your partner’s country of usual residence). Similarly, the EEA family permit will be endorsed with your initials (first capital of your first name with your last name in full). On entering the UK with his EEA family permit, your partner must then apply for his EEA residence card.
I don’t think your plan through Calais will work. Your partner, as a Saudi national (and therefore a visa national under the UK immigration rules), will require a pre-arrival visitor visa in order to enter the UK. Basically, no ‘landing visa’. Furthermore, it is an immigration offence to get married/civil partnered in the UK under the visitor visa (but not marriage visitor visa).
Sorry for the late reply, we have been talking a lot about the different possibilities. Because he is currently unemployed, it will be difficult to get a Schengen visa so we are thinking of getting married in the UK instead.
Considering he is unemployed with very limited savings, is it possible for him to get a mariage visitor visa if I sponsor him meeting the same conditions as a fiance visa?
As I understand once married, he can stay in the UK and apply for EEA2. Is that right?
Concerning the accodomation requirements, I found this online "A house is overcrowded if 2 persons of 10 years old or more of opposite sexes (other than husband and wife) have to sleep in the same room, or if the number sleeping in the house exceeds that permitted in the Act - NO OF ROOMS: 1 - PERMITTED NO OF PERSONS: 2"
Would it be okay if I have a bedroom for both of us in a houseshare or do I need to have 1-bedroom flat?
Sorry I have lots of question, I just find the whole thing confusing.
Also, I know this has been asked before. Is there any risk for him to apply for marriage visitor/fiance visa from Saudi Arabia considering the risk? Is there any possibility to apply through the embassy instead
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