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Hello expats,

I've just been issued my EEA FP and am starting to think about the next step application and had a couple of questions:

1. when applying for my EEA FP I included a variety of documents (photos, email screenshots, his letter about our relationship) to prove that my EEA sponsor (who is my husband) and I are not in a marriage of convenience. Should we take similar measures when applying for the residence card? Or will our marriage certificate be enough for the residence permit application?

2. The application says to include, "Your EEA national family member’s current passport or ID Card. If they do not have a passport or ID card, you must provide another form of identity." What forms of identification would suffice for this? Can we send a copy of his passport like we did for the EEA FP? And will it need to be stamped at the embassy/consulate of his home country?

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Hello expats,

I've just been issued my EEA FP and am starting to think about the next step application and had a couple of questions:
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1. when applying for my EEA FP I included a variety of documents (photos, email screenshots, his letter about our relationship) to prove that my EEA sponsor (who is my husband) and I are not in a marriage of convenience. Should we take similar measures when applying for the residence card? Or will our marriage certificate be enough for the residence permit application?
For this particular step, your husband needs to prove he's exercising treaty rights. We included the following documents:

* Marriage Certificate (To show we are married)
* One wage slip of my wife (To show she is exercising treaty rights)
* Original Council Tax bill (To show we are living together)
* Two passport photos (To show my charming smile )
* Pre-paid express envelope (You don't have to, but it comes in handy should you have the need to request your passport)
* You can also include (We didn't): Tenancy Agreement, HIS Contract of Employment, Letter from HIS employer.

NOTE: Is better for your application if your husband can demonstrate he's working (part-time employment counts) instead of just being a jobseeker. In the period 01JAN - 30APRIL of 2012; UKBA approved about 13% of all EEA2 applications. (1,804 applications were granted from 13,755 applications received)

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2. The application says to include, "Your EEA national family member’s current passport or ID Card. If they do not have a passport or ID card, you must provide another form of identity." What forms of identification would suffice for this? Can we send a copy of his passport like we did for the EEA FP? And will it need to be stamped at the embassy/consulate of his home country?

Thanks very much!
Your husband needs/should apply for a Registration Certificate (Form EEA1 http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/si.../eea/eea11.pdf) to give your application a "boost". Make sure you include his original passport and the passport style photos as well.

Send both applications together and in 2-3 weeks he will receive a "Green" piece of paper with the RC and you should receive the Certificate of Application (COA) within 4-5 weeks. Currently UKBA has acknowledged processing time for straight forward EEA2 applications is 76 calendar days.

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Well first of all, thank you very much!! For this info here and also especially for your previous help!! (I mentioned you in the visa timeline thread too in case you did not see SO glad my visa is being shipped back to me right now!

This is very helpful info much appreciated. My husband has been fulltime at his job for longer than that so should be no problem there. I am interested and surprised that such a small percentage of eea 2s are granted! Is this becausea high percentage of applicants don't actually meet the stated criteria/ aren't really a family member of someone exercising treaty rights? Or is it kind of a lottery and only a certain percentage of qualified applicants can be approved???

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I am interested and surprised that such a small percentage of eea 2s are granted! Is this becausea high percentage of applicants don't actually meet the stated criteria/ aren't really a family member of someone exercising treaty rights? Or is it kind of a lottery and only a certain percentage of qualified applicants can be approved???
It's because UKBA is understaffed in the European section in Liverpool for the volume of applications received. As there is no fee, European section must be subsidised by other parts of UKBA, and in the current financial squeeze, receives a lower priority for funding and staffing. Provided they can meet the EU general guidance of resolution within 6 months, I don't think they are too concerned about lengthening queues. They were going to offer chargeable same-day premium service, like other types of applications, but it seems to have been quietly dropped because of possible conflict with EU rules.
Most applicants are in fact successful, it's just that it takes a long time to get your residence card!
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Well first of all, thank you very much!! For this info here and also especially for your previous help!! (I mentioned you in the visa timeline thread too in case you did not see SO glad my visa is being shipped back to me right now!

This is very helpful info much appreciated. My husband has been fulltime at his job for longer than that so should be no problem there. I am interested and surprised that such a small percentage of eea 2s are granted! Is this becausea high percentage of applicants don't actually meet the stated criteria/ aren't really a family member of someone exercising treaty rights? Or is it kind of a lottery and only a certain percentage of qualified applicants can be approved???
Sorry, I haven’t had the time to spare and read the threads. (Busy at work, packing, son’s sick, etc.) But, I am very happy for ya and Txs!

Like Joppa said, Euro Case Workers in Liverpool are stretched too thin, and due to the current financial difficulties only those straight forward applications are processed quicker. Nonetheless, under EU regulations they have up to six months to process them. Those figures only reflect the 1st 4months of this year. (I only wanted to share some interesting facts, not to get ya worry).

By the way, do you have the US passport card? While my passport was “away” the passport card came in very handy. My PA driver’s license has always been accepted as form of ID, but the US-PC has been even more helpful.

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Well first of all, thank you very much!! For this info here and also especially for your previous help!! (I mentioned you in the visa timeline thread too in case you did not see SO glad my visa is being shipped back to me right now!

This is very helpful info much appreciated. My husband has been fulltime at his job for longer than that so should be no problem there. I am interested and surprised that such a small percentage of eea 2s are granted! Is this becausea high percentage of applicants don't actually meet the stated criteria/ aren't really a family member of someone exercising treaty rights? Or is it kind of a lottery and only a certain percentage of qualified applicants can be approved???
yes it is a lottery i entered uk with my british husband using freedom of movement i entered uk with no family permit or visa,the people at the border told me to apply for eea2 resident card which i did,i was refused appealed left the country used same rules to reenter went to tribunal hearing and the border agency said they messed up my application and withdrew refusal letter i am now in limbo again they are a shambles which is the word from the horses mouth so to speak.
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My wife recently received her EEA2 residence card about one month ago. It took about 8/9 weeks to process. I didnt apply for the EEA1 and as far as i can see it did not make a difference.

We just included the required info that was asked for, nothing extra like photos...

I think our case was very simple. Also she entered the UK with an EEA family permit so maybe there was already a file about her that made it a quick application to process.
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yes it is a lottery i entered uk with my british husband using freedom of movement i entered uk with no family permit or visa,the people at the border told me to apply for eea2 resident card which i did,i was refused appealed left the country used same rules to reenter went to tribunal hearing and the border agency said they messed up my application and withdrew refusal letter i am now in limbo again they are a shambles which is the word from the horses mouth so to speak.
Hi, I have two questions for you:

1) Where are you originally from?
2) Where within the Union was your British Spouse exercising treaty rights?

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My wife recently received her EEA2 residence card about one month ago. It took about 8/9 weeks to process. I didnt apply for the EEA1 and as far as i can see it did not make a difference.

We just included the required info that was asked for, nothing extra like photos...

I think our case was very simple. Also she entered the UK with an EEA family permit so maybe there was already a file about her that made it a quick application to process.
I'm happy to see your wife's application was dealt very quickly. Kudos to Euro Case Workers.

Would you mind sharing what supporting documents you sent with her EEA2 application?

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Ah, thank you this is helpful and good to know!! Here's hoping our application goes through as quickly...

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My wife recently received her EEA2 residence card about one month ago. It took about 8/9 weeks to process. I didnt apply for the EEA1 and as far as i can see it did not make a difference.

We just included the required info that was asked for, nothing extra like photos...

I think our case was very simple. Also she entered the UK with an EEA family permit so maybe there was already a file about her that made it a quick application to process.

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