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Required documents on arrival with person waiting outside, at arrival area. How can the documents be provided to the person arriving, at customs?

Normally she would enter on a 90 days tourist visa, as we don't yet have a long term family reunification visa. Your wife will never get a long-term family reunification visa because such visas are ...
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Flying family of 5: is any one seating arrangement better than the alternatives?

It does indeed appear that your question is asking for opinions, but as an experienced cabin crewmember I can say that in this case there definitely is a best setup: The best option would be 3 + 2, ...
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What's the easiest way to relieve oneself in a car?

Bring a towel or blanket, some baby wipes, and optionally a small trowel or a stick you picked up along the way. A few small plastic bags are also helpful. If someone (especially a small child) can't ...
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Do hotels in Europe permit two adults and two kids to all stay in just one room?

Some do some don't. Most larger hotel chains (Marriott, IHG, Hilton, etc.) will offer this. Typically you either get a room with two double/queen beds or a single large bed with added "rollaway" bed(s)...
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Travelling as an unmarried Western couple in Indonesia

I stayed a long time in rural Aceh, so here are my tips: First of all, do not think of Indonesians as very religious. They are usually traditionalist (some may say conformist). This is different. ...
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Am I being scammed? (UK visit visa refusal)

The likelihood here is that you are getting scammed. Your narrative fits a well-known profile. In comments you wrote... Actually My solicitor wants to take administrative review he said everything ...
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Proving sibling relationship

You would typically prove that with some sort of birth certificate or a similar document stating that you have the same parent(s), i.e. that your father and/or your mother have the same name, date and ...
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U.S. port of entry procedures for families

If you are travelling together, I suggest always staying together as a family. Hand the immigration officer all your passports, and he or she will probably ask "Are you a family?" before opening them. ...
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What's the easiest way to relieve oneself in a car?

A well prepared fighter pilot driver will be equipped with a Urine Collection Device (UCD) A typical UCD consists of a small container with a dehydrated sponge inside, connected to a tube which ...
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My mother-in-law (US citizen) was refused a UK visa to visit her grandson. What are my options?

Your mother-in-law (American) applied for entry clearance as a visitor and was refused. In her previous visit she applied to live here permanently {FLR(O)} and was refused and likely was issued ...
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Must a husband and wife make separate online applications for a UK Standard Visitor visa, and so attend separate appointments for biometrics?

Each person (including children) needs to file a separate application. Based upon your text, the recommended strategy is... Your wife applies first and records her GWF number. She schedules her ...
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Do hotels in Europe permit two adults and two kids to all stay in just one room?

Huh. I traveled with my wife and two kids throughout Europe and Asia. It never occurred to me that a hotel might object to the level of occupancy, and none ever did. Some hotels charge for extra ...
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UK Family visitor visa refused due to lack of ties. What can I do now?

Given what you have described, the refusal notice is not altogether unreasonable. Your wife is settled in the UK with ILR and you have a child born there who acquired British citizenship from her ...
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Travelling as an unmarried Western couple in Indonesia

I live in east Java and have been to Sumatra before, though I traveled alone so I have no direct experience traveling as an unmarried couple. However I have heard of foreigners being asked if they ...
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Assistance with luggage at Canberra airport for a woman travelling with children

International and Domestic flights do arrive into the same terminal in Canberra, on the grounds that there is only a single terminal. However, the international arrivals area is completely separated ...
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UK tourist visa for my younger brother

While you may add your financials to prove you are able to support their visit, your brother still needs to show evidence of this financial situation, which is required to evaluate his ties to his ...
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What's the easiest way to relieve oneself in a car?

Honestly, adult incontinence products are inexpensive, highly effective, comfortable and hygienic. For example, a packet of 15 iD Slip Maxi all-in-one briefs (essentially adult diapers) costs £10 (66 ...
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When can a family be forced to go through passport control separately?

First of all, the immigration officer was clearly wrong. The Schengen border code recommends that at least on high traffic border crossings, three queues should be used: A: EU, EEA and CH citizens B1:...
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Travelling as an unmarried Western couple in Indonesia

I have travelled a lot in various parts of the world, and from experience I can add to the other points - wear wedding rings. Most people will assume you are married anyway if you are sharing a room. ...
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What's the easiest way to relieve oneself in a car?

An English male friend of mine always has several small milk bottles in the car, neck of which are big enough to allow them to be used as 'hospital bottles' and the tops are closing well enough to ...
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Clarification on travel with non-EU spouse to EU country of my nationality while living outside the EU

The directive does in fact state as much, in article 3(1): This Directive shall apply to all Union citizens who move to or reside in a Member State other than that of which they are a national, and ...
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Is it safe to make groups/families sit apart from each other?

Some airline authorities recognise the exact scenario you raise. The UK CAA state: Young children and infants who are accompanied by adults, should ideally be seated in the same seat row as the ...
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UK Family Visitor Refusal (V 4.2 + V 4.3)

This is not great news. They got her on V 4.2 and V 4.3, which means they challenged your credibility as a sponsor. We don't see these grounds very often, but they arise when... the applicant has no ...
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Permanent family member of Latvian citizen. Can I travel to the UK or Ireland without an article 20 residency permit?

The card does really need to say "family member of a union/EEA citizen" before it has any effect for the UK. Those cards are only supposed to be issued when the union citizen lives in a different ...
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Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon transfer time for a family

Buy 4 metro tickets (or if you are going to do the same thing on the return trip, you are probably better off buying a « carnet » of 10 tickets — note that those used to be available at the Eurostar ...
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Flying family of 5: is any one seating arrangement better than the alternatives?

For most kids the accepted answer works best. But if you a child who kicks the seat in front of them and you want to be friendly for the other passengers, book seats in two rows and have the seat ...
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VFS priority services for EEA family permit applicants

From your "the site" link, it appears that family permit applications cannot receive any more priority than they already have because of the directive and/or regulations: EEA Family Permit ...
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Do I need a visa to visit the UK with my EU partner?

This answer assumes that you are not a citizen of any country whose nationals are allowed to travel to the UK without a visa. If you are a citizen of such a country, then you of course don't need a ...
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How to apply for a UK standard visitor visa as a family?

User @GayotFow, on sabbatical, has spent Boxing Day offering a comprehensive response to your query via his blog post (and with the author's permission). There was an interesting question on TSE ...
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