EU family member right to visa--HELP!
  • Hello,

    I am a Lebanese, residing in Lebanon. I wish to travel to the Schengen area for 25 days with Italy as the country of entry, i will go for touristic purposes from the 8th of August till the 1st of september with a group of friends.

    There is a data collecting agency which collects all the applications for the italian embassy visas called TLS Contact. For the sake of clarity, I am a 24 year old male, unemployed but recently accepted at the American University of Beirut. My father recently got the bulgarian citizenship, therefore I applied to the citizenship too at the Bulgarian Embassy in Beirut. Also, I am still dependent on my father for expences.

    I applied to the Schengen visa at TLSContact on july 8th 2014, and the application was received by the italian embassy on July 9th 2014. Included in the application was all the necessary paperwork such as birth certificate, family statement, airline tickets, hotel bookings, insurance, my fathers bulgarian passport copy, a letter from the ministry of justice in bulgaria to the embassy in beirut stating that my citizenship application has been received.

    The problem is that to this moment, i have not received an answer, or had any contact with the embassy; and TLSContact do not know any details about my application. Also, my girlfriend who has applied on the same date as I did, got her visa accepted on monday the 21st of august.

    The problem is, i am traveling on the 8th of August, and i still need to book train tickets and make necessary plans, which i can only do after my visa is accepted.

    As per EU Directive 2004/38/EC, part 2.2.1: “Member States shall grant [family members covered by the Directive] every facility to obtain the necessary visas. Such visas must be issued free of charge as soon as possible and on the basis of an accelerated procedure.” (page 86)

    This has not been implemented so far. But my primary concern is i get my visa accepted. So my inquiry is, am I covered by this directive? Thank you

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