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My american fiance, who will become my wife this summer, needs a family permit to validly enter UK with the purpose of long term settlment. I am Norwegian, ie. EEA national. We can apply online, but she has to submit biometrics information.

Must she submit this information in her home country only, or can she submit it in a country where we will be travelling soon (Italy)?

What kind of impact might it have to enter the UK without a family permit (because our plans might not be long term or permanent) and whilst there apply for a residency card in the case of our finalised long-term plans turn out to include residency in the UK.

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My american fiance, who will become my wife this summer, needs a family permit to validly enter UK with the purpose of long term settlment. I am Norwegian, ie. EEA national. We can apply online, but she has to submit biometrics information.

Must she submit this information in her home country only, or can she submit it in a country where we will be travelling soon (Italy)?
She should be able to, but she will have to comply with visa application process for UKBA in Italy. Not having a postal address may be an issue, as the passport and supporting documents may only be shipped to an Italian address (and hotel address may not be acceptable), and cannot be collected from the embassy/consulate. Also getting the biometrics done may be tricky if you don't live there.

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What kind of impact might it have to enter the UK without a family permit (because our plans might not be long term or permanent) and whilst there apply for a residency card in the case of our finalised long-term plans turn out to include residency in the UK.
She can try convincing the immigration officer that she is entitled to come to UK under European law, but in the absence of EEA family permit, it will be difficult and there's a chance of a denied entry and being put on the next flight back to where she came from (Italy, probably). UK has legislated that they meet EU rules for non-EEA family members by having a system of family permit (other countries have different arrangements - in many, you don't need anything prior to arrival and just apply for residence permit afterwards), so if your wife chooses to ignore it, she can expect a lot of hassle, as UK is under no obligation to ease her entry into the country.She may be allowed in as a visitor, but she shouldn't count on it.

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My american fiance, who will become my wife this summer, needs a family permit to validly enter UK with the purpose of long term settlment. I am Norwegian, ie. EEA national. We can apply online, but she has to submit biometrics information.

Must she submit this information in her home country only, or can she submit it in a country where we will be travelling soon (Italy)?

What kind of impact might it have to enter the UK without a family permit (because our plans might not be long term or permanent) and whilst there apply for a residency card in the case of our finalised long-term plans turn out to include residency in the UK.
Hi,

Are you and your soon-to-be wife coming to Italy before or after the wedding?

IF: You both are coming BEFORE the wedding, she can enter the UK as a tourist. Hence, she will have to meet all necessary requirements.

IF: You both are coming AFTER the wedding, just have her applying for the EEA Family Permit there in the US. It's "free", NYC hub is running a very lean operation and if the UK doesn't suit your long term plans, she isn't obligated to stay. But if it works out for you, then she can apply for a Residence Card valid for 5 years. Having a FP is very helpful, especially if you are "exploring" a new land.

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