My mother, who is an Indian national intends to visit me (British) here in the UK for 6 weeks, accompanied by my Dad, who is Portuguese. They are currently based in India.
My mother applied for an EEA Family permit today at the VFS in Bombay on the basis of her marriage to my Dad (been married 37 years). However, on application, the VFS personnel told her that she has applied for the wrong entry clearance, and that she should apply for a visitors visa. They informed her that the EEA Family permit route is for those whose EEA spouse is already based in the UK. Having no other option, she decided to lodge her EEA application any way.
Now, I've read through the guidelines for EEA Family permits on the UKBA website and come across this:
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/polic ... /eun/eun2/
Surely, my mother has done the right thing in applying for an EEA Family permit rather than a visitors visa? She will be travelling to the UK and back with my Dad, so I can't see why she was asked to file a VV application.If a family member who is travelling with, or is to join the EEA national in the UK requests a visit visa under the Immigration Rules, you should offer him (or her) the option of applying for a family permit under EC law free of charge.
Any thoughts on this would be much appreciated.