Some people ask the most bizarre and unusual questions when applying for a visa. One hopeful from France looking to move to Colombia asked if it was true that cocaine was legal in the country, while a Japanese applicant hoping to live in England wanted to know if everybody was friends with the Queen!
Visa application help website GlobalVisas.com collected the strangest questions asked by visa applicants over the past 12 months.
One hopeful even asked whether or not it was "easier" to find a wife in the UK.
Questions posed by applicants aren't always straightforward and, on occasion, the experts are thrown off track by the apparently random nature of some of the applicant's concerns about their potential new country of residence.
Liam Parry, of GlobalVisas.com, said: "We see all sorts of unusual things during the visa application process but, generally speaking, that goes with the territory. When somebody is moving from one culture to live in another there's bound to be an element of misunderstanding about laws and customs."
"With some of the below, there's often a period of silence before our experts can formulate a suitable response!"
"I've heard that cocaine is legal in Columbia; is this true?" - an enquiry from a visa applicant looking to move there from France.
"Do you know if it's easier to find a wife in England? I'm struggling here," said a Peruvian applicant for a UK visa.
"Is everybody friends with the Queen?" - asked a Japanese applicant looking to move to England.
"If I live in America, will I be a movie star?" enquired a Filipino applicant
"I want to be closer to Elton John. He doesn't come to Togo. Do you see him much in Britain?" - a man from Togo professing to be Elton John's biggest fan and looking to move to the UK to be closer to his hero.
"Is it legal to marry your car?" - a question posed by a man from the United States looking to move to Guatemala.
"I've committed a serious crime, but I haven't been caught or convicted. Will I be immune once I move?" asked an alarmingly honest individual from Italy.
"Is it illegal if I don't speak Dutch?" asked one applicant from the Middle East who was looking to secure a Schengen visa for the Netherlands.
"Somebody told me that Australia was founded by criminals. Do I have to have a criminal record to move there?" - a Malaysian-based enquiry for an Australian visa.
"I don't have a passport. If I sail to Portugal but don't fly will they let me live there?" asked a UK resident looking to move there.
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