Visa problems - Bolivia - UK

by Denise
(UK)

I'm from the UK & my boyfriend is Bolivian.
He is currently in Bolivia & trying to return to UK to be with me.

The requirements are a lot stricter now with regards to visas & he's finding it difficult at the moment which is upsetting for both of us.

What i would like to know is, as we intend to get married anyway, if i was to marry him in Bolivia, can he then follow me to UK as he will be married to a British National?

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Mar 31, 2013
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by: Anonymous

Thank you for your advice.

My boyfriend is a dentist but could not practice in the UK but has worked here as a dental assistant for approx 10 years until his visa expired last Dec. Then he decided to return home to see his family & update his skills ready to return to practice as a dentist here as his papers had arrived allowing him to do so.

We thought that as he had a profession & he spoke good english, it would not be a problem. How wrong were we?

I have since been to Bolivia to visit him as that's tha only way we can see each other & it looks as though i will undertaking that long journey again this year.

I have my own house & i earn well over the required £18,600. However, neither of us have that much savings.

I've since done more research & it seems that even trying to be together long term in another country isn't an option either.

I do wonder how we are meant to be together.It seems that the Fiance Visa could be our only option & we would be doing it for the right reasons as we are 100% sure that we want to be together. I'm 15 years older than my boyfried & have since found out that there could be a potential problem with the age gap with the FV now too.

Mar 30, 2013
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It doesn't matter where you get married
by: anon

hi there

Sorry to hear that you guys are separated by visa restrictions.

However, this is not a question for a Bolivia forum - it is a question for the UK Borders Agency and the UK visa process.

You should google "UK spousal visa changes" or something like that.

In order to bring a foreign spouse to the UK you need to have a certain salary and/ or have a large pile of cash in the bank. Your partner will also need to speak good English, have no criminal record and possibly pass the citizenship test.

The UK offers a fiancee visa, so that might be an option for you guys too.

Do NOT get married in Bolivia thinking that this will allow you the automatic right to bring him back to the UK, as unfortunately it will not.

If you guys want to live together in the UK then it makes sense to get married in the UK, unless there are really strong reasons to get married in Bolivia.

Getting married in Bolivia is a paperwork nightmare (I've done it) and should only be done for the right reasons.

Good luck and sorry you are in this position - I think the attitude of the UK govt regarding this issue is disgraceful and I believe they will be challenged in the European courts for this.

Mar 30, 2013
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See these comments as well
by: BoliviaBella.com Webmaster

You may want to read through the comments on this page:

http://www.boliviabella.com/what-are-the-requirements-for-getting-married-in-bolivia.html

to find out more about the experiences others have had.

You can also contact our Expat Services lawyer, Rebeca Gonzales for help with your process once you are in Bolivia:

www.boliviabella.com/expat-services.html

Mar 30, 2013
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Visa Bolivia UK
by: Anonymous

Take into a count that you need also requirements to marry in Bolivia, you have to enter on a special purpose visa, and also have your documents translated and authenticated by bolivian embassy in UK. Not difficult, only you need these before you marry in Bolivia.

Mar 29, 2013
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by: Anonymous

this would be a question for your consulate or imigrations..in most cases a visa would need to be issued from your country before he would be able to travel...does boliva have a consulate from your country..is so please ask them as they would be able to give you specifics....i am thinking if you was to marry in bolivia it would be much easier...

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