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1. You have two options here. The first one, as you rightly point out is that your non-EEA partner from the DR Congo can obtain the right to live and work in the Uk as the parent of your EEA citizen baby. This would be under the Zambrano decision which guarantees non EEA parents the right to live and work in any EEA country to support that EEA citizen child. Any visa obtained under this ground would be for five years in the first instance.
2. The second option would arise when you are in a relationship with your Congolese partner for two years. Your partner would then constitute a settled relationship and you would be able to obtain an EEA visa for her as a family member of you and your child. This would be a more valuable right because it would lead directly to UK citizenship if exercised in the UK. Under Article 8 of the ECHR, every family has the right to be together. So here you would apply on the basis of your settled relationship with your Congolese partner in that she would be the family member of both yourself (primarily) and your child. However, in the UK Visas & Immigration generally only grants this right after you can show you have been two years together. However, a special case can be made under Article 8 if you have a child that you are a settled family if you haven't reached the two year stage.
3. Be aware that your Congolese partner should have mandatory health insurance if she wishes to progress to UK citizenship. Additionally, once she is resident in the UK she should apply for a Permanent Residence card as this will be necessary before any UK citizenship application to prove she lived visa free in the Uk for the final of her five years necessary continuous residence which is the requirement for UK citizenship.
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5. The Zambrano right applies to EEA CHILDREN. That is, it includes Swiss children as well as EU citizens. If you notice, I crafted my first paragraph in terms of EEA which includes Switzerland. The second option visa is the better one and it simply is an EEA permit for family members. Here is a link to the UK Government website which sets out the parameters for this EEA Family Permit and includes an application form https://www.gov.uk/family-permit/overview. The first option would be narrower derivative right of residence. Here is a link for that https://www.gov.uk/derivative-right-residence/overview.
6. It is not correct to say that she needs to be in the UK TO GET the first type of residence visa. The child needs to be in the UK not her, as her right of residence is contingent upon the child being in the UK (with you, for example) and her needing to come and mind the child and provide for its upkeep. She can apply for this type of visa from Switzerland, although, it is more commonly sought by mothers who have just had the child in the UK. But remember, all fathers apply from outside the UK IF THEY weren't present at the birth.
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