Thanks for your forums, they usually help a lot!!
I'm stuck with a specific visa question though this time.
My partner is Australian, 35. He is visiting me in France, but soon running out of Shengen 90 days.
He was thinking of going to the UK (thinking of getting the "automatic" 6 months tourist visa there for Australians), but has had an issue there: two years ago, when trying to enter the UK he was rejected, because he sillily answered "yes" when they asked if he might search for work there. He tried a second time, with 300€ cash on him, a return ticket and a note from a friend hosting him there, but got rejected again.
So it looks like he is blacklisted.
Now that we're running in the same situation again, we were wondering if he could ask for a UK tourist visa "formally" from France before he goes?
He tried to talk to the UK embassy in Paris, but people weren't very helpful.
Any advice (or link to some Internet info we might have overlooked) would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks a lot for your help,
So he's looking for a country to spend his 90 days out of Schengen before joining you again? If he's blacklisted in the UK, what about going to another non-Schengen country, like Croatia for example?
If he wants to go to the UK, he'll have to try and get a visa clearance from the consulate.There is no guarantee he'll get it. The UK is coming down hard on illegal workers and if he's still suspected of wanting to work under the table, he'll be in trouble.
300 Euro cash won't make any difference there.
Yes, when the same problem occured two years ago, he ended up in Istanbul, not such a bad place
But we'd still like to give London a try, as it's more convenient. He has a PhD in quantum Physics, so "working under the table" is really not the plan!! Question is how to show this.
So I guess we're gonna try the Parisian British Consulate again. Any idea/advice about chances / parameters to get a visa clearance? Diploma? Bank account details?
The best way to prove that he has no intention of working illegally is to show where he is working now. Does he have a job? A letter from his boss about the length of his time off? When is he supposed to be back at work?
I often take tour groups from Schengen countries to the UK and I've noticed immigration there has become really strict lately, so he may have to show all sorts of documents about his work.