Hi to all those waiting patiently. Thought I'd post my stats here. For those with knowledge can I expect my husband's (Eu citizen) passport to be sent back soon, or should I ask for it back? Application was received on 14 September.
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EEA FM Married Eu Family Permit Holder
application sent: 11.9.15
application received: 14.9.15
Fees taken: 16.9.15
Biometrics letter: 18.9.15
You should ask for your passports return.
I asked for my passport (with EEA family permit) return in early July because we had a holiday planned traveling to France in late July and I needed my passport. To be honest, I truely expected that my RC would arrive before that. No hope...did ask for my passport return in the last minute. I did not know this forum. I wish I knew so that I could have more information and estimate my timeline. My husband is French and he applied for his French ID card before I applied for my Residence Card knowing that his passport had to be sumbitted to the Home Office. As he can travel within EU with his French ID, I did not ask for his passport return at the same time I did.
Anyway, there is a page on the website to request for return of documents.
https://eforms.homeoffice.gov.uk/outrea ... ments.ofml
I did not write any reason and just asked for my passport return and it was straightforward.
But the only thing is that there was no email confirmation as such that I requested online.
So, I had been uneasy until I received it (in case that the requrest did not go through, my passport got lost, etc.). It arrived rather a lot earlier than 10 working days.
The enclosed letter says, "Please do not return your Passport to the Home Office until it has been requested by a caseworker. I was waiting to be told to return my passport, but it did not happen.
Supposing that now a RC card is a separate biometric card and it used to be on the passport.
Perhaps, they just used an old template of the letter.
Later I thought that I should have asked for my husband's passport return at the same time I did.
I did not think obtaining RC would take such a long time. My husband's passport evetually came back with the documents and letter informing that I should receive my RC within 10 working days (still waiting though).
Hope it helps