First RP on Other Grounds (Dating Relationship)

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Sharkbait4
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First RP on Other Grounds (Dating Relationship)

Post by Sharkbait4 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:17 pm

Hi. I will submit my application next week and I need some advise, please! :shock:



First RP on Other Grounds (Dating Relationship)

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vla
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Re: First RP on Other Grounds (Dating Relationship)

Post by vla » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:41 am

How many years have you been living together? Do you know if you satisfy all the requirements?


Sharkbait4
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Re: First RP on Other Grounds (Dating Relationship)

Post by Sharkbait4 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:06 am

vla wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:41 am
How many years have you been living together? Do you know if you satisfy all the requirements?
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It says on https://enterfinland.fi/eServices/info/residencepermit that:

You cannot apply electronically in the following cases:

> You are a former Finnish citizen or a returnee.
> You are applying for a residence permit on other grounds.
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On https://migri.fi/en/residence-permit-on-other-grounds:

Residence permit application for other grounds

Apply for a residence permit with this application if you are applying for a residence permit for a reason which is not one of the reasons for which a separate application form exists. Such reasons are an established dating relationship, an intention to get married with a Finnish citizen or becoming a victim of human trafficking. Tourism is not a valid reason.
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It is more costly since I need to go abroad. On the website of The Consular Office of Finland in Manila, it says:

"The process of applying a residence permit to Finland is changing. Finland is outsourcing the acceptance of residence permit applications in the Philippines to the Application Centre maintained by VFS Global. The Application Centre opens in Manila 4.12.2018. After outsourcing, the Consular Office of Finland in Manila will accept residence permit applications on a limited basis.

Previously, residence permits to Finland have been applied via the Embassy of Finland in Kuala Lumpur. You can make an appointment for a residence permit application there also in the future."
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Yes, we are not married yet. We have been together for a little over a year. We have spent time together in six (6) different occasions in a span of 9 months (Tbilisi, Georgia and the rest was when I was still living and working in Dubai). Here in the Philippines, I have all my assets and my bank account which I will have access to once I am in Finland. Her income won't be considered in this application. I have 16,000€ readily available on my bank account (opened way back 2005) and I have a one bedroom flat which I am leasing/renting out as additional income (the flat has just been turned over this year and has been fully paid as well). Migri replied to my e-mail two months ago that it is not required for me to have additional income aside from the 12,000€ (1,000€ per month) that they require but it is allowed. I just want to be financially secured as possible and that I can help my fiancé as much as I can with the expenses. We plan to get married a couple of months after I arrive in Helsinki.

She will be spending Christmas and New Year with me and my family. It is heartbreaking to just be a "Skype couple" and of course, traveling puts a dent on our finances as well.

Also, the reason we haven't been married yet (or at least be in a civil partnership) is because being GAY could land you in jail in UAE or be deported, and same-sex marriage is not legal here in the Philippines.


vla
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Re: First RP on Other Grounds (Dating Relationship)

Post by vla » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:47 pm

I understand your situation but I cannot help you because I don't know this process. I hope you can work it out, my best wishes.

You can remark that in your application, that you cannot get married in your country. I advise you to say that you cannot live outside Finland because of this reason, there should be a question about this in the application.

I had also a long-distance relationship for three years and I know it's hard. Now we have been married for 5 years and have been together for 10 in total. So I wish you the best and be patient with the application!


heretostay
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Re: First RP on Other Grounds (Dating Relationship)

Post by heretostay » Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:22 pm

Go get married in Canada. A couple I know in a similar situation did that. Neither had any ties to Canada at all and said it was easy.


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