Travel questions regarding my partner (a South African national residing in the U.K.).

We have two holidays planned in very short succession from each other. The first is to Country A from the 15th June until the 20th, 5 nights. From there we would travel back to the UK before flying to Country B on the 29th June, where we would remain until we fly to country C on the 6th of July before returning home on the 11th.

This makes 5 nights in country A. Return to country of residence then a second separate trip with 7 nights in country B and 5 nights in country C.

We initially thought that country B was the correct country to apply to, as this is where the longest stay would be in the period of the visa. Although they responded to our booking request, we were told that it was country A we need to apply through, as we would be returning to the country of residence between our trips. Upon receipt of this, and with time beginning to dwindle, we booked an appointment slot with country A and forwarded the query to double check. They today have said that they are not who should be dealing with it, and it is, in fact, country B.

Any ideas? At the moment it is looking like we can only apply through country A and hope they don't reject it, as country B has been refusing. We are considering just visiting country A and C so that the visa appointment we have will be successful, although we really don't want to have to do this.

  • Are you a British citizen? How long have you and your partner been partners? – phoog May 24 '17 at 0:47
  • I am a british citizen and we are not married so i believe her visa is completely independent of my circumstance. – A.does May 24 '17 at 7:59
  • The EU regulation extends freedom of movement to "the partner with whom the Union citizen has a durable relationship, duly attested," so your belief may be mistaken. – phoog May 24 '17 at 12:48
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    Update! We have emailed back and forth between country A and B with them both cc'd in. Country A has seen that we have tried the correct route and are having no luck so they will process the application for us with the instruction to take that email from the consulate member to prevent problems. The appointment is tomorrow and the 15 day window puts it to just before we are leaving. Slight relief. Will let you all know how it pans out though as definitelt not a conventional ride – A.does May 25 '17 at 21:17
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    Congratulations. You should probably post your "how it all pans out" message as an answer to the question rather than as a comment. – phoog May 25 '17 at 21:25

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