異國婚姻 vs 簽證

on Jul 07 in 英台聯姻須知 tagged by

Emily@UK - 結婚相關簽證!

異國聯姻真的是一件麻煩事,尤其當台灣護照不太好用的時候.

當初要來英國結婚之前,必須申請「未婚妻簽證」(Fiancee Visa).
為了這一張薄薄的貼紙在護照上,說明我可以在英國境內待半年,且期間之內必須與某某某完婚,
我們雙方都要準備一堆文件,證明雙方都是單身,認識對方很久,不是假結婚之類的,還要經過面試,更要價台幣16000元.
這一點,就算我拿的是美國護照都一樣,也就算了,只好付了.


結了婚,想去度個蜜月.
拿台灣護照可以不用簽證的國家們,小到一般人聽都沒聽過,更別提會想去那裡度蜜月了.
也就是說,想去那些我們聽過的大國家,我都得提前2-4個星期,拿著我的護照,起個一早,搭火車去倫敦,找人家的領事館,排隊申請簽證,當然,又要繳一筆錢.
看這國家的熱門程度,必須趕在凌晨5點,抵達人家的領事館開始排隊都是可能的.

蜜月回來,生活回歸秩序,要開始找工作了.
「未婚妻簽證」可不准我在英國工作的,我必須在結婚後再申請「婚姻簽證」(Marriage Visa),才能合法的賺錢及納稅.
挖哩咧,連我想要納稅給你政府,都得要再繳一筆至少350英鎊申請「婚姻簽證」,相當於台幣21000元!
護照還要繳給人家 4 至 14 個星期,他們才會辦好寄回來給我 – 你們有沒有聽過一種東西叫做「效率」阿!?
一張薄薄的紙在我的護照上准我在英國境內待2年,准我工作,又要花上 14 個星期搞定!
我的 case 算很單純的,沒有犯罪紀錄,沒有結過婚,沒有小孩,基本上啥都沒有.
重點就是,他們要查證以上所說屬實,所以要花 4 至 14 個星期.

今年開始,IND 提供事先預約的服務,醬我們就不用早上5點去排隊,而且他們盡量在當天辦好,但要多付 150 英鎊,總價台幣 3 萬.
因為我們下個月要去美國玩,所以我們趕著要拿回來我的護照,好拿去辦美國與加拿大簽證.
(又是簽證...反正就是只要我動一下都要簽證啦!)
所以我們只好把錢給砸下去,希望他們當天辦好我的「婚姻簽證」,才不會延誤到我們去美國的行程.

去了以後才發現,他們一天的業務量還真的是很大耶!
有人是夫妻同行,有的還攜家帶眷,3個樓層都擠爆了人,號碼排到300多號.
我預約的時間是下午2.30,這是我打電話過去,可以預約的最早時間了.
必須2點就到,經過一連串的安全檢查,好像要上飛機那樣,還是要排隊! – 那預約到底是啥作用的?!
他們的確會確定,我在預約的時間左右拿到「號碼牌」,只是等一下叫號的時候,可沒有照著號碼順序叫 – 那號碼牌又到底是啥功能?!

大樓在 4 點以後就不准進入,於是如果我想當天拿回護照,我哪裡都去不了,連想去買本書回來看消磨時間的機會都沒有.
一直到快 6 點了才叫到我的號碼,7 點才拿回護照,從2點到7點,我整整乾坐在那裡等了 5 個小時.

大樓裡嚴格禁止使用手機,也就是說,想玩個電動消磨時間也不行.
我想說寄個簡訊給 Stevie,跟他解釋一下我必須把手機關機的情況然後再關機,
可是不幸,被保全人員逮到我在用手機,硬生生地被教訓了一頓. >_<~~ 大樓裡也禁止使用相機,也就是說,像我們這種無聊就把像機拿出來拍拍的 blogger,在這裡連這點興趣也沒能發揮了. 於是,我發現當人窮極無聊的時候,就會開始做蠢事... 我開始玩頭髮,學黑人綁綁辮子啦,搖頭晃腦,抖抖腳,甩甩頭,扭扭脖子, 把兩邊的頭髮在鼻子下面打結,把自己搞的好像日本小偷一樣... 經過這次,我覺的有必要把經歷及感想寫下來,以利後輩,所有要嫁娶來英國的同胞們... 建議: 1. 預約早上9-10點左右的,大樓對面就是購物商場,4點以前你還可以去逛逛,不用在大樓裡枯等. 2. 帶幾本書刊雜誌或電動,確定扣除逛街的時間,還夠撐幾個小時. 3. 準備飲料點心,等上5個小時總會需要喝點水的,大樓裡的咖啡攤3點關門. 4. 手機一定要關機,轉成靜音還是會被罵的. 5. 若一定要打簡訊,去廁所,用沖馬桶的聲音蓋過你啟動手機的聲音. 如圖所示,切記,一定要在現有簽證到期之前申請下一個,不然就等著被請出境了. 就算拿的是美國護照,想在英國結婚或居留,都必須經過同樣的手續喔...知道這一點心裡多少平衡一點,呵!

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