I am an Egyptian citizen; I am going to marry a Bulgarian girl and I will apply for a family residence permit in Bulgaria.
With Bulgarian residency, will I be allowed to enter the UK without a visa?
According to the UK government website:
There are no special visa waivers for nationals residing in EU countries outside of Ireland and the UK.
EU rules provide that non-EU family members of an EU national, resident in the EU, should be able to travel anywhere in the EU without a visa if
Since your card will be issued by Bulgaria, and your future wife is Bulgarian, this does not apply to you. See http://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/entry-exit/non-eu-family/index_en.htm.
You will therefore need an EEA Family Permit to travel to the UK with your wife, or to join her in the UK. To travel to the UK without your wife, you will need a Standard Visitor visa.
Every reply is incorrect.
The ruling is called the Surinda Singh case. After the man who fought the case in the Courts.
AS I am English living in Bulgaria and my wife is non EU national of Uganda this advice is true.
You need a Bulgarian Visa to enter Bulgaria either as a husband or intending to marry in Bulgaria. A Shengen visa will allow you entry but will not allow you to apply for a residency permit.
On Arrival in Bulgaria if already married you can apply for the residency card. You may now travel to UK accompanied by your wife. On arrival at the passport control you must tell them you are travelling on the Surindar Singh case. You will then be granted a six month UK visa. Now you are free to travel back and forth on that visa until expiry.
If you wish to stay and work in the UK you need to apply (in the UK) for permission.
This advice applies to all non EU citizens married to an EU citizen.
In my case, as a UK citizen living in the EAA. I had to live and work (Retired) in the EAA for twelve months before the conditions for the Surindar Singh route were met.