mememe wrote:Hi everyone!
Can anyone tell me if they have experienced a similar problem? Any ideas for an easy solution?
I am a Brit and have LTR obtained in 2009. My girlfriend is from Taiwan, citizens of which have not needed a visa to visit all the EU since about January of this year. She can also travel to Britain visa-free. However, she had already obtained her Lichna Karte in the summer of 2010 and at the time we were told by the immigration office in Pernik that renewing it annually would be relatively simple and speedy.
However, and although I was aware that there have been some changes in the recent past, on arriving at the immigration office my girlfriend was told that he class of Lichna Karte (investor in Bulgaria, by being 50% director or a company owning a house and land) no longer exists. The LK expires on August 5th. The immigration officer didn't seem to know what we had to do - but after some consultation of manuals, said we had two alternatives.
1. Start employing and paying salary to and NI contributions for 10 Bulgarian employees (no thanks).
2. The second option as far as I can make out, entails making her the representative of a foreign company in Bulgaria (we have no foreign company, btw) and also involves a long list of documents that need to be provided, including medical insurance, notarised copy of Bulstat, certificate of current registration of BG on the Trade Register etc etc, etc...
mememe wrote:Interestingly, the immigration officer said she had to take out medical insurance but could do so for as long as she required the LK to run for - 1 month, 6 months, 5 years, You insure it and you can have it, it seems!
mememe wrote:Owing to lack of time, we won't be able to realise option 2, so it looks like we're back to square 1 and, as we did last year, once more jumping through all the hoops to get a D-visa, followed by a rollover to LK next summer..... but to what?
The immigration officer also said my girlfriend would have to leave BG before or on the 5th of August when her LK expires but I don't think this is right as my girlfriend entered at Sofia airport showing both her Taiwanese passport and her LK. The border officer just glanced at her LK and then put the normal entry stamp in her passport. I also believe that even if this were true, the 90-days-in-any-180-days rule kicks in and my girlfriend could stay after August the 5th with no problems anyway.
mememe wrote:Futhermore, the immigration officer dismissed out request for her name (should we need to contact her again) witha curt ''You don't need to know my name, all you need to know is that I am an immigration officer''...
mememe wrote:Any ideas or solutions please? Is the MBP officer talking B*LLS or will I have to marry her? (the girlfriend, not the MBP officer)
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