HiI sent my EEA4 application off 3 weeks ago and subsequently Ive been made a job offer, the problem is the employer is really pushing for some form of residence confirmation even though Ive explained that as a EEA family member I have the right to work (Ive provided evidence to back this up, passports, NI, birth certificates etc). I'm supposed to start working for them in a weeks time, my concern is if the COA has not arrived in time I may lose the offer. The Home Office has been relatively unhelpful with the situation and what I'm wondering is if anyone has any advice on what I could tell or show the employer if waiting for the COA becomes a problem; or is my best bet to just keep contacting the Home Office.(A bit of background information in case it may help, I arrived in the UK in 2001 with EEA parent on a family permit, had a 5 year residence stamp, I should have acquired PR on or after 30 april 2006, I have been studying from 2007 till this year.)Thanks and I appreciate any thoughts anyone has on the situation.
Requested priority treatment from the Home Office in writing.
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Hi, have you kept a copy of the application?
all i have is a receipt to show that it has arrived at the home office
the employer already has copies of my passport, proof of being a eea national family member (eea passport and birth certificate) but are unwilling to proceed until they have either a residence card or a permanent residence card.
Was your application submitted in time and before your previous visa has expired?
if your are referring to my previous residence card, it would have expired by now, but as far as I can understand there is no requirement for me to have any residency documents as my right to work and reside is derived from being a family member of EEA(Belgium) national.
Hi, that is correct. If you have not yet received a response from the UKBA you can contact a local solicitor and ask them to write to your employer on your behalf explaining the circumstances and the fact that you are entitled to work.
Your employer should accept this as sufficient evidence that you have the right to work.
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Thanks, Ill look into doing that if I haven't heard anything back soon.
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