Brilliant reply. To summarise;
We have been living together for 21 months here. We have a tenancy agreement, and both our mail comes to the same address. We do not, however, have joint bank accounts.
If we fly to Ireland, and rent together for a further 3 months, can we then fill out the EU1 form and obtain a Residence Card for myself? I will have a job abroad in Egypt (month on, month off), and will be sustaining her while she looks for work. She will not require access to public funds.
After obtaining the Residence Card, we come down to the UK. We will then need to again, apply for a Residence Card in the UK for me to stay in the UK for longer than 3 months? And if we wanted to live in another member state, I'd need to obtain another card again?
My income is very high, and we will have in excess of $100k savings before going over there. Is that enough to show we are both able to support ourselves when applying for a visa (assuming she is unable to find work)?
Right. So I obtain a residence card in Ireland to reside there. Then when we are ready (how long would you suggest living in Ireland?), we come down to the UK. Here, we are issued an EEA Family Permit. I then fill out the EEA2 form for the Residence Card in the UK.
Does this mean I will not have to apply for UK's 'Family and Partner' Visa (that only gives 2.5 years) to stay? I can thus stay for 5 years?
From the HMRC site;
You are said to be exercising Treaty rights if you are:
So looking for work and/or having a sizeable amount of cash in a bank and a signed contract stating my income should suffice?
A EEA Residence Card issued in Ireland or UK, does not allow me to move to another member state and reside there for the remainder of the validity, correct? If I was to move, I would need to apply for another Residence Card in that member state?
Not at a marriage stage!! Not yet anyway :)
We have bills showing we have been in the same household. Should we set up a joint bank account as well? Anything else that may help this durability process?
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