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This is complete nonsense. You don't need to have a stamp that says you are travelling together if you are standing in front of him !CharlotteCorday wrote:he told us that if I didn't have any stamp on my passport "technically we were not traveling together". We tried to explain him that we are newlyweds, so I haven't got any "stamp" yet, but all he did was to keep saying "is there, or is there not a stamp that says that you can travel together?". In the end, he allowed me to enter, but as a tourist. So that's why I think I must apply for the Family Permit anyway, even at risk of being refused.
Although it says so on the website, this is not true. The HO even admits to that in one of their guides but I can link to it now as that document is currently under review.CharlotteCorday wrote: Besides, in the UKBA site it says that if you're from outside the EU (even if you are not a visa national) you must ask for the EEA-FP before coming to the UK.
Border guards can only REFUSE entry in a few very limited cases. e.g. if you are an ongoing threat to national security or if you have Ebola.mcovet wrote:basically, think of the EEA as one big country WITHOUT borders (if using the EU route and not internal immigration routes). Therefore, if you look at it this way, the border guards and the other incompetent bunch are IRRELEVANT to your case as they have no authority to ALLOW you to enter, you are in the SAME (hypothetically speaking) big country travelling between "cities", so you enter the UK as of your right and not with permission, and those guards are there not to interfere with those under EU route but rather with those limited to certain "cities" etc.
Two very good suggestions. In fact I would recommend writing down the shoulder numbers of all border guards present.mcovet wrote:Therefore, always call the Chief Immigration Officer when faced with a situation like that and ALWAYS take the shoulder number of the Immigration Officer talking nonsense.
Not quite. No stamping entry/exit stamps in the passport of a European citizen or of a non-EU citizen who has a valid Residence Valid. Border guards CAN stamp the passports of a family member who does not have a Residence Card.mcovet wrote:As a matter of fact, if he stamped a tourist endorsement into your passport, while you clearly fell into the 2006 Regulations, you can complain and get some form of apology and possibly compensation for illegally tampering with a passport.
I concur.smuru wrote:By the way the code 1A stamp does give the right to work from day 0.
Top right of page 40 of the Comprehensive guidance for employers on preventing illegal working
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitec ... iew=Binary
seems to be a code 1a.
Several UKBA documents also refer to the code 1a giving the right to work.
It is not uncommon for IOs to become confused with the EEA regulations (simple as they were - they've become excessively complicated recently.).CharlotteCorday wrote:Hello!
First, the background of my situation: I am a Costa Rican (non-visa national) who's been studying and living in Spain during 4 years. 2 years ago, I met my husband in Hungary. He's been living in the UK for almost 6 years. Since we met, we kept in touch via chat, skype and visiting each other every 2 - 3 months. We decided to go steady at the beginning of 2011, and finally got married 2 weeks ago (in Hungary). We decided that the best was for me to come and join him in the UK, because he doesn't speak spanish.
I already have an appointment to apply for the EEA-FP in Spain, but after reading the recent changes in the inmigration law at the UKBA site, I'm feeling a little bit confused and nervous. My main question is:
- How can affect the application the fact that, because my status in Spain is "student" (I can't work fulltime, or being hired for a long term job), my father is supporting me? I can prove that he's in a good financial position, and that I've been receiving regularly amounts of money from him; but it seems that the authorities do not take that as something positive.
* Some extra info:
- My husband has been working for the same company during 3 years, and the wages he gets cover the minimun amount required in the new legislation
- My family owns several real estate properties in Costa Rica, we are equally co-owners (my brother, my father and me). But most of these properties are dedicated to preservation of the forest, we do not get money from them.
In the other hand, I was reading about the possibility of getting the 1A stamp on the border; but when we entered the UK last week (I'm staying with my husband before traveling back to Spain to present the application) we told the officer that we were married, but he didn't even let us show him the marriage certificate, he told us that if I didn't have any stamp on my passport "technically we were not traveling together". We tried to explain him that we are newlyweds, so I haven't got any "stamp" yet, but all he did was to keep saying "is there, or is there not a stamp that says that you can travel together?".
In the end, he allowed me to enter, but as a tourist. So that's why I think I must apply for the Family Permit anyway, even at risk of being refused. Besides, in the UKBA site it says that if you're from outside the EU (even if you are not a visa national) you must ask for the EEA-FP before coming to the UK.
I really appreciate any suggestion or advice.
Thanks in advance!
I will, if something similar happens again (hopefully it won't be necessary )It is not uncommon for IOs to become confused with the EEA regulations (simple as they were - they've become excessively complicated recently.).
You can complain.
They are not asking about other passports but other nationalities. This is part of the personal information they ask to be able to search about you in their records.CharlotteCorday wrote: I will, if something similar happens again (hopefully it won't be necessary )
And I have another question, is not that important, but I'd like to know: I have dual citizenship (Costa Rica and USA), since they ask about any other passports you may hold I guess you have to present both...but would they keep both passports during the whole procedure, or just the one of the citizenship you're "using" to apply?