by noajthan » Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:24 pm
Thanks for your email and curing the tuberculosis problem
but I am still confused...
Yes, what you say in your second paragraph about our situation and intentions is correct. It seems an EEA Family Permit is what us required. But I find that website confusing. If the online form is done, it says they will need her passport but would it have to be sent here from the Philippines?
My understanding is you have to submit original documents, including passport.
I think you would submit your bundle of supporting documents to a regional processing centre.
What do the instructions say about where to send all the documents?
A person can always be sure of what they don't know. They might not be sure of what they know.
We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand. E&OE.
1. It is your wife who will apply for the EU/EEA Family Permit, not you.
2. If her normal place of residence is the Philippines, that is where she should make her application.
3. Applications in the Philippines are made through an 'Application Centre' in Manila. Initial application is made online at which time an appontment is booked at the application centre. Applicant personally visits centre,carrying a downloaded and signed copy of the application, all the required documents, a simple letter of support from you, and two recent passport size photos.
4.There is no charge for a Family Permit, but there is a modest 'handling fee'.
5. Tha Agency checks everything and sends it on to the Embassy the same day.
Applicants usually pay a fee to have passport and all docs returned by Special Delivery, but I believe there is an option to collect oneself too.
It is NOT necessary to send the originals of any document issued by the UK Governmen such as your passport, or your certificate of Renunciation of Citizenship. Copies are accepted at the Manila Embassy, and I have that in writing. She will have to submit an original marriage certificate.
6. At present, Family Permits are issued by the Manila Embassy in under 2 weeks.
7. You can find all the details on the website of the British Embassy in Manila, and the links to the visa application centre, whose website has full and detailed instructions. Its quite a simple process compared to having to get a visa for the UK.(Which has a current reject rate of over 35% in the Philippines!).
How do I know? I'm also a former British/Irish Citizen who renouced his British citizenship, and was also married in HongKong to a Filipina. The only difference is that I was resident in the Philippines, as was she, and we chose to marry on Hong Kong because its easier and so much better than the bureucratic Philippines system. Now we are in the UK.