Hello, My husband and I are american citizens. I happen to also have Italian Citizenship through my great grandparents (Jure Sanguinis; I received it about 3 years ago). My husband has applied for his Italian Citizenship as my spouse, but it is 1.75 years into the process (we were told that wait times can be up to 2.5 years).
We plan on moving to the UK in August (in 4 months). I assume that he will need to apply for a EEA Family Permit Visa (VA5) application, but there is so much conflicting information that I want to be sure he sends in all of the correct/helpful supporting documents.
We are both planning on leaving our jobs and hope to find employment in the UK after we move. We have enough money saved to live there for a year without "having" to work, but I am still afraid that he will be denied a visa.
When he sends in his VA5 application, any suggestions on what documents to include? Does he need to submit fingerprints?
Can I send a copy of my Italian passport in, or does it need to be endorsed by the Italian Embassy in the US?
We have always wanted to live in the Uk and are moving to try and see if we can make a living there - is this looked down upon by the government? Any reason to suspect he may be denied a visa?
On some of the "suggested supporting materials" lists I've read that they want you to include a letter from your employer stating that you have the time off from work - however, we are quitting our jobs and will have no income when we move. Any idea how to explain our situation so we don't appear to be a drain on the UK's resources?
We are both educated professionals and I have no reason to suspect we cannot find work, but I don't know if my being an Italian Citizen will be enough to grant my husband a visa. Any experience with this sort of situation?
Dear UK Lawyer,
Thank you for the information thus far. I had wondered if he even needed a Visa. It sounds like he does not since I am an Italian citizen.
A couple follow up questions -
1.When we arrive in the UK, I've heard that obtaining an EEA is a lengthy process. Would it be easier/faster for him to apply for a Visa before we leave so he can begin working as soon as we arrive in the UK?
2. If I do not find a job right away, can my husband still apply for an EEA family permit? Do I need to have a job before he can apply?
I ask because I am not sure what they expect when they ask that the EEA national "prove" that they are "exercising European Treaty rights in the UK"?
Thank you in advance for your assistance.
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