Hi Tom, thanks for your quick reply.
To be honest, I really don't know what's around the corner with work. Things are busy here in Germany right now, but certainly in 12months time, our industry is kicking off in Ireland, so there may be a need to move. But for the time being, I expect to be in Germany for at least a year, so my priority is to find the best way of allowing my girlfriend and her daughters to be with me permanently, so we can then look to get them into a local school here in germany (they're 5 and 6yrs old). So for that, they will have to apply for german residency anyway, which of course can only happen if they have the required visa/right etc. I'm thinking that the EEA family permit is the first thing to go for? At least that would give them 6months grace initially?
Many thanks for your answers Tom. That clears up a lot for me.
Concerning the EEA family permit/residence visa, if granted a residence permit for Germany, then I needed to work somewhere like France for example (still in Shengen and no border checks), would there be any legal reason why they couldn't join me for a period of time, possible more than 90days at a time?
Isn't the EEA family permit only valid for 6months, within which time you need to apply for a residence card. So assuming my wife has a residence card for Germany, but the EEA family permit has expired, if we then need to go to France for 4 or 5 months, do we need to apply for the EEA family permit again in order to then apply for a residence card? I'm thinking about Shengen countries right now, but I guess the same for Ireland. I work in the semiconductor industry, and things are kicking off in Ireland in 12months time. If we already have a german residence card, do we then apply directly for and Irish residence card, with an EEA family permit?
Many thanks for your reply Tom. It has really helped a lot.
Thanks and regards,
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