visa from cuba to EU countries
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Oct 1, 2012 9:28 PM Last Post By: GaryGuillermo
Oct 1, 2012 7:25 AM
visa from cuba to EU countriesi'm a british citizen living in the uk and i would like to invite my daughter a cuban national living in cuba to italy on holidays over xmas,can i as a EU citizen but not living in italy be able to do this bearing in mind that the uk is not within the schengen countries but it is within the EU? if so what steps to take,she is not planning to stay there she just love the italian culture and would like to visit there. maybe someone could help please.
Oct 1, 2012 7:49 AM
1If your Cuban Daughter is under the age of 21...she may apply for a Visa for children of EU Citizens.If She is over 21 she would need to apply for a normal short stay visa.
As a Child of an EU citizen the process is faster and I believe its Free but I would double check on that.
The usual documents needed are
application form duly completed and signed by the applicant (or the legal guardian for children under the age of 18).
Proof of travel to Italy
Copy of parent’s European Union valid passport
child’s original full Birth Certificate (stating both parents’ names) with official translation if not in Spanish or Italian
if under the age of 18, is travelling to Italy without his parents or with one parent, a parental authorisation to travel is required
If youre looking to Travel in December you should start the process NOW as it can take a few weeks to process sometimes.
Oct 1, 2012 8:13 AM
2Your problem may be getting your daughter out of Cuba, not getting her into the UK.
Oct 1, 2012 10:14 AM
3thank you for replying,yes my daughter is 19 yrs old,from what you said it seems possible cause i am an uk citizen but i wonder if i can do all this process from the uk at the italian consulate in london or my daughter would have to do it at the italian consulate in cuba? do u know if i have to buy the ticket to travel and take it together with application form? thanks
Oct 1, 2012 10:25 AM
4As with all visa applications, the applicant (your daughter) would have to make the application in her country.
However, I suggest that you speak to the Italian consulate in London, and see what they say.
There are two potential problems - 1) the Italian rules and 2) the Cuban rules. I suspect the process may not be as easy as cyrrus indicates. For example the Cubans normally want to see a letter of invitation from someone in the country where they are visiting.
Has your daughter visited the UK ?
I assume from what you are saying that she is only entitled to a Cuban passport and is not entitled a UK one. (Or any other one.) Has she got her passport ? Is it valid (Cuban passports need to be revalidated every couple of years).
Oct 1, 2012 11:29 AM
5yes you are right,she's got valid cuban passaport,i try to bring her on holidays to the uk but her visa was refused based on an earlier settlement application that i put late in 2010, because she hasn't got a permanent job there and because she has never been out of cuba they said that she might not comeback to cuba which is not the case,i have given them enough proof that i will send her back and that she has not intentions of staying here ilegal, that's why i would like to take her on a visitors visa to any country in the EU that schengen visas apply or maybe canada to show the UKBA that my daughter is able to come to Europe and return to cuba,if i can't invite her myself i would like to find someone from schengen countries who could invite her for 2 weeks, of course i'll be there with her and i will cover all expenses.If i have to pay a few pounds to this person for the favor i will.if u know of someone it'll be much appreciated.
Oct 1, 2012 6:00 PM
6Yes BeardoUK is correct...Cuban Exit procedures have their own rules...so it might require some more research in that in.
In my experience though...Most Cubans applied for Visas in Cuba..and usually got their UK Visa first and had the Brit do all the invitation Letter procedure from the UK...so the cuban govt exit visa could be issued.
For Cuba Purposes the letter of invitation may only be done by Citizens or Legal residents of the country the cuban is being invited to.
Therefore for Cuban purposes a UK Visa and by a British citizen would work
once the cuban had their UK visa they would go to the Italian consulate and since Italy knows the rules that EU Members could live anywhere in the EU...as a EU Citizen their child was entitled to a Schenghen Visa.
a big con on your side is that youre aiming for travel in dec and its already oct.
I dont know how fast this would be...but maybe you applying for italian residency as an EU citizen and then inviting your daughter that way?
if somehow that went quickly then you would have the whole cuba letter of invitation issue dealt with.
or even if you know anyone in any of the Schghen countries that could be a way of getting the letter of invitation.
Oct 1, 2012 9:28 PM
7I know quite a few Cubans that made their "escape" to Italy. There probably is a Cuban underground there . . . Cuban men and women who found partners that wanted to take them home. That is an Italian citizen bringing a Cuban to Italy . . . your situation sounds somewhat more difficult. I wish you luck.
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