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Bali baby visa problem. Urgent help needed
£412 raised
5% of £8k goal
11 contributors
103 Weeks running
Urgent help is needed. A young couple are facing heavy fines and possible detention for unresolved issues regarding their child born in Bali.

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(Because of our ongoing legal circumstances we do not feel secure enough to present our names at this time. So, if you are familiar with our story and know who we are, please refrain from identifying us on social media.)

We came to Bali to have our child after travelling for a long time during the pregnancy.

We had researched Bali as a relatively safe place to achieve this, especially since we had originally planned a homebirth.

Unfortunately, we were unaware of the fact that a couple have to be married in order to have both parents listed on the Indonesian birth certificate.

Hence, when we came to register the child we met the immediate problem of not being able to have the father officially acknowledged. 

He is a British citizen, and it is essential that he be listed since Her Majesty's Passport Office  will not issue a passport to the child without a father's name in the birth certificate. This is distinct from a citizenship application which can be proven via a DNA test or court documents validating the relationship. We wish to return to the UK at a future stage.

To the best of our ability, we have since spent a number of months battling to-and-fro between embassies, consulates, solicitors and visa agents without receiving any appropriate advice or a credible solution to this problem.

In the meantime, we have had to extend our original visas to buy the necessary time to handle this situation but these now run out at the end of November.

To complicate matters further, our child became seriously ill and was diagnosed with bronchiolitis. After spending some time in hospital he is now recovering well. However, since we lacked health insurance, this involved a serious drain on our finances.

Our most immediate predicament is that the non-registration of the child has resulted in daily fines of 300,000 rupiah being allotted by the civil register office, plus the same amount being served per day by immigration for an unregistered child with no visa.

We are unable to pay these fines and they are now in the region of 60 million rupiah. In the last months we have exhausted the ability of friends and family to support us financially. We are now seeking help from the wider world.

Fortunately, since this campaign began several days ago we have received the promise of some definite legal assistance which may finally set us on track of bringing our ordeal to an end. However, the money that has been donated to facilitate this is finite and will only alleviate the necessary burden of negotiating with governmental bodies and individuals.

Financial donations are still needed both now, and in the future, to tackle our ongoing situation, as we have outlined above.

At present we are living in temporary, donated accommodation but, as much as we would wish to, are unable to acquire employment.

Anyone who feels they can offer any advice, support, or even food and nursery donations do not hesitate to phone +62 8786 6221 4722 or email .

Also, please feel free to contact us if you wish to receive further detailed information on our ongoing situation. 

Thank you greatly for any help you can provide.


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