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You can't get the EEA Family Permit since you don't appear to be 'exercising a treaty right' - unless u have another EU nationality....luisparis wrote:We're very much concerned by this topic at the moment, as i'm a french citizen recently married to a chinese citizen.
We live in Paris but I do quite a bit of business in London. Besides taking my wife on vacation there, I'd NEED her to come along to a trade fair in London beginning of September.
We tried to obtain the "EEA family member permit" but the first slot for an appointment at the UK embassy in Paris is on September 10th. After the fair than...
Could we then just try to travel together to the UK without this permit?
Thanks for all feedback
Sorry I meant UK embassy!flyboy wrote:Wanderer, visa nationals for the UK who are family members of EU citizens, accompanying their EU family member to the UK, should apply for an EEA family permit whether for short stays or long stays. Only if they intend travelling without their EU family member should they apply for a normal UK visitor visa.
Secondly, chinese embassy can't issue a visa for the UK.
If you do make it past the Career checks, and do end up in a UK Port of Entry, you should be admitted in as per as page 15 of these instructions. Best of luck!Could we then just try to travel together to the UK without this permit?
That is one thing that need not concern you, since Customs checks are carried out separately from Immigration, by different officials.luisparis wrote:Thanks Doc for the link, there seem to be ways around indeed, yet we're not sure how to exploit those as in September we'll be travelling to London to a trade fair likely carrying commercial goods so we don't want to antagonize the customs.
Still thinking the issue over anyway, perhaps shipping goods separately.
a third-country national presenting his/her passport and a valid residence permit issued by a Schengen State can be allowed to enter another Schengen State for a short stay without needing a visa. This equivalence does not apply to residence permits issued by the United Kingdom and Ireland, since they do not apply the Schengen acquis (although they requested to apply some of the provisions on police and judicial co-operation in criminal matters).