Online EEA PR and EU passport return service available

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Online EEA PR and EU passport return service available

Postby vinny » Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:29 pm

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Re: Online EEA PR and EU passport return service available

Postby Jujumar87 » Tue Oct 04, 2016 6:38 pm


WOW! Thanks for the info. Can we start using it then?
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Re: Online EEA PR and EU passport return service available

Postby rooibos » Sat Oct 08, 2016 6:40 pm

It seems the site is not working.
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Re: Online EEA PR and EU passport return service available

Postby ohara » Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:29 am

So the online EEA(PR) application doesn't let you skip the questions which you aren't required to answer. I can see this being a very popular service :roll:
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Re: Online EEA PR and EU passport return service available

Postby eastberks44 » Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:42 pm

I have used the service and it is not a true online application - you still have to send it in as hard copy with originals of all the documents.
The advantage is that it seems a good deal less daunting to fill in than the 85 page paper version, and you only print out the bits actually filled in. Mine came to just 10 pages including every part time / temporary job, weekend city break and speeding ticket.
Plus it *ought* to be faster as they already have all the information in electronic form which means less work their end. But I guess it's far too soon for anyone to know what the real timescales are.
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Re: Online EEA PR and EU passport return service available

Postby ohara » Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:40 am

Following some Facebook groups that I am in, people have been getting results in around 4 weeks.
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Re: Online EEA PR and EU passport return service available

Postby Tea_with_scones » Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:55 am

ohara wrote:Following some Facebook groups that I am in, people have been getting results in around 4 weeks.


What are those groups, if you don't mind me asking?
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Re: Online EEA PR and EU passport return service available

Postby ohara » Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:19 pm

Forum4EUcitizens is the main one :idea:
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Re: Online EEA PR and EU passport return service available

Postby Tea_with_scones » Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:43 pm

Thank you
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Re: Online EEA PR and EU passport return service available

Postby malteser » Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:58 am

Hi,

What is the definition of an original document in regards to the EEA (PR) online application? I am starting to go through the online form and the supporting P45/P60s documents i have are in PDF format. If i print them out is this considered an original? The company i worked for stopped sending out hard copy payslips some time ago.

Thank you in advance.
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Re: Online EEA PR and EU passport return service available

Postby HurdyGurdy » Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:26 am

malteser wrote:Hi,

What is the definition of an original document in regards to the EEA (PR) online application? I am starting to go through the online form and the supporting P45/P60s documents i have are in PDF format. If i print them out is this considered an original? The company i worked for stopped sending out hard copy payslips some time ago.

Thank you in advance.


Any chance you can ask HR Department for a letter of employment you can send in at the same time and get them to stamp the p60 prints with company stamp and countersign?
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Re: Online EEA PR and EU passport return service available

Postby LondonApplicant » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:27 am

The official documenattion at https://www.gov.uk/government/collectio ... rn-service
says that, if you plan to use the European passport return service, you should go to your appointment within 5 working days of submitting the application.
How does this work? What if the council does not have an available slot till 2 weeks?
What if for some reason they give you a slot which is in 2 days but you can't make it (eg clashes with work)? Do you lose the fee and have to reapply again?
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Re: Online EEA PR and EU passport return service available

Postby salis » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:40 am

Hi all,

I was just about to send my paper EEA PR application, when I discovered an issue: I was planning to send my EU national identity card instead of my passport, so that I can continue using my passport for travelling while awaiting outcome of PR application. However, accoridng to the EEA PR Guidance Notes, "previous passports you’ve held since living in the UK" need to be sent, which means I need to send my passport as well (does it actually mean that I need to send BOTH my passport and EU ID card?). Since the Passport Return service is only available to users of the new Online EEA PR form, I decided to send my application online instead.
However, according to official GOV webpage, "a student cannot use this form if they are reliant on a family member to provide their income".
My PR application is based on 6 years of residency in the UK: 1 year as a student and 5 years as a full-time employee. As a student, my source of income has been my family. Given that this student year is well in the past and I am not a student any more, does the restriction cited above bite in my case, i.e. will I be able to use the online EEA PR form?

Also, does any one know what is a typical processing time for an Online PR application?

Thanks a lot!
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Re: Online EEA PR and EU passport return service available

Postby LondonApplicant » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:49 am

"previous passports" are listed under "proof of residence" in the guidance notes, but I fail to understand how a passport would prove residency. Previous passports are not listed uner 'proof of identity and nationality'.
It is not clear. All I can tell you is that a friend submitted his non-on-line application form, submitting his identity card: he wasn't asked for his passport, and his application was accepted. I have no idea how representative this case is, though.

Answering my own question, it seems it's a bit chicken and egg: the best approach would arguably seem to be to have the application ready, call the council to see when they have a slot that's convenient, submit the application once you know the council can see you at a time that works, then call the council again to finally book - you won't be able to book before submitting the application.

You can go to a council where you are not a resident.
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Re: Online EEA PR and EU passport return service available

Postby noajthan » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:54 am

If you apply online it seems it needs to be on basis of being a worker qualified person then.

There is no dataset indicating processing times as its a new service.
Suggest monitor timeline thread to track other members' experiences.
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Re: Online EEA PR and EU passport return service available

Postby noajthan » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:56 am

LondonApplicant wrote:"previous passports" are listed under "proof of residence" in the guidance notes, but I fail to understand how a passport would prove residency.


A stamped passport contributes to demonstrating residency in UK.
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Re: Online EEA PR and EU passport return service available

Postby LondonApplicant » Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:24 pm

But European citizens do NOT get their passports stamped! So this is not applicable to European citizens submitting their European passport when applying for the permanent resident certificate
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Re: Online EEA PR and EU passport return service available

Postby noajthan » Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:44 pm

LondonApplicant wrote:But European citizens do NOT get their passports stamped! So this is not applicable to European citizens submitting their European passport when applying for the permanent resident certificate


Tell it to UKVI.

And some applicants may have been in UK under another route at some stage of their journey.
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Re: Online EEA PR and EU passport return service available

Postby LondonApplicant » Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:55 pm

Another route such as what?
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Re: Online EEA PR and EU passport return service available

Postby noajthan » Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:59 pm

LondonApplicant wrote:Another route such as what?


This is not a topic about routes to settlement.
Suffice to say someone may have jumped ship from UK to EU route. So they could have stamps in a passport.
And somehow, some on EU route do collect stamps, perhaps by entry into some non-EU country non-home country.
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