Yes, I am a British citizen, resident in Norway.
Wow, this sounds amazing. So if I understood this correctly, we do not need to apply for the EEA permit before travelling to UK. We can just apply at the immigration border - at Gatwick Airport for example?
I assume we would need to bring certain evidence with us in that case such as proof of residence etc.?
Assuming she is granted the EEA family permit, I assume she can travel in and out of the country freely during the 6 months it is valid?
Just to explain our situation fully - we are planning on leaving Norway in November / December, then travelling to Turkey for 2 months for her to give birth to our child. We would probably return to UK at the end of February.
Then we could make the EEA residence permit application at that point (because I assume they will want to take her passprot for that).
We are also travelling to UK for a few days this weekend coming (my wife already has a vistors visa). But I think it would probably be too early to apply for the EEA family permit at that point, since it only lasts for 6 months.
The estimated date for giving birth is middle of Feb, and she must fly at least one month before that. So the stay in turkey must be at least 6 weeks, probably 8.
Assuming the EEA residence permit takes 3 months, then she would have no passport to travel during that time because I believe they want the passport for the application.
Therefore I think we have three options:
A) Arrive to UK in the next few weeks and immediately make the EEA residence application so that it can hopefully be processed by the beginning of January. Then fly to Turkey. Or;
B) Wait until after the birth of our baby in Turkey and then fly from Turkey to Norway and collect our recent post so that we have valid recent documents to show residence in Norway. Then we fly from Norway to UK and make the EEA family permit at the border.
C) Make an application (by post) in December, receive the Permit. Fly to Turkey, using most recent documents from Norway. Then we fly to UK.
After receiving the permit by post I assume we have 3 months before we need to arrive into the UK?
Sorry, just one point to clarify. Will this scenario work:
We apply for the EEA Family Permit in Norway in November in Oslo, then we get the permit end of Nov We fly to UK early Dec and get the wife's passport stamped as entering the country. We travel to Turkey for the birth of the baby at the end of Dec and return in early March. Then we apply for the Residence permit.
UK Immigration has no record of when we leave the UK, only when we come in.
If she already has an approved EEA Family Permit which was already stamped on our initial arrival, I assume there will not be any issue when we return from Turkey in March?
Thanks very much for your clear advice.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).