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I have been in Egypt for almost 3 months, trying to marry my fiancé, but we keep encountering problems: with visas, with the translation office. Because of all this we have lost our jobs and all our savings. My visa expired – they made us go back and forth from Hurghada to Cairo. My future husband had an accident – he was hit by a bus and lay in hospital for over a month. During this time my visa expired. We have all the documents we need to get married, but we can’t get a visa, without a visa we can’t get married, and I can’t live with him unless we get married. I have to leave while my fiancé remains in Egypt. Will it be difficult to invite him to Poland and get married there?
While abroad, you should first of all make use of the Polish Embassy’s services – its representatives know the local conditions and regulations well, and should be able to give you advice on what to do. The Migration Infoline serves foreigners in Poland, we are not familiar with the laws of other countries.
If you have all the necessary documents, getting married in Poland will certainly be possible.
You can write an invitation for your fiancé – he will receive a visa, during his stay in Poland you can get married, and then he can apply to legalise his stay in Poland.
In order to speed up the procedure, your fiancé can submit an “assurance to marry”, a kind of formal declaration of his intention to marry, in a Polish consulate in Egypt, even before he arrives in Poland. We would also advise you to apply for a reasonably long-term visa – completing all the marriage formalities and applying for legalisation of your husband’s stay in Poland can take a long time – having a valid visa during that time is extremely beneficial.
Foreigners often come to Poland with too short a visa to complete all the formalities in time, which forces them to stay illegally in Poland after their marriage until they receive a residence card (which takes several months to issue). It’s true that the spouse of a Polish citizen cannot be deported from Poland, but even so it is not a comfortable situation to be in.Translation by Zuzanna Olszewska.
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