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Residence Card on A4 Sheet of Paper

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Residence Card on A4 Sheet of Paper

Post by EUsmileWEallsmile » Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:24 am

Was your residence card issued on a sheet of paper (aka immigration status document)?

Has it inconvenienced you in any way?
Perhaps you found it difficult to travel to other EU countries?
Perhaps you had to fold it up to make it fit with your travel documents?

If so, have you complained? Remember, a "complaint" can lead to improvements.

There's a very simple remedy. The UKBA could affix the vignette to the blue cardboard document similar to the one that they use for EEA nationals. While cheap and nasty, it really does the job, it can be folded over into a nice little booklet. The vignette's protected and it's portable.

The blue card even helpfully states that the document is issued pursuant to Directive 2004/38/EC. That can be dead useful when traveling to other EU states.

Sometimes, it's the really simple things that make the difference.

If you're affected, why don't you complain? You've nothing to lose.

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Post by EUsmileWEallsmile » Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:48 pm

shhe, this is what may happen if you asked for your passports to be returned. The application would not be treated as being withdrawn though.

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Post by Bing » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:25 pm

When I applied my RC and asked my passport to be returned before 6 months processing time, they told me it would have withdrawn my application. Is it legal? Well, I did not ask it back at the end.
EUsmileWEallsmile wrote:shhe, this is what may happen if you asked for your passports to be returned. The application would not be treated as being withdrawn though.

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Post by EUsmileWEallsmile » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:31 pm

Bing wrote:When I applied my RC and asked my passport to be returned before 6 months processing time, they told me it would have withdrawn my application. Is it legal? Well, I did not ask it back at the end.
EUsmileWEallsmile wrote:shhe, this is what may happen if you asked for your passports to be returned. The application would not be treated as being withdrawn though.
Your application would not be treated as being withdrawn in the case of a residence card. Interestingly, it would be considered withdrawn in the case of a family permit or so I was advised.

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Post by EUsmileWEallsmile » Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:50 am

Ken C - please add your thoughts on A4 ISD here if you can.

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EEA residence card on Immigration status document

Post by horizon1985 » Tue May 08, 2012 11:49 pm

Hi,

I have applied EEA2 application on 20 December 2011 , received COA on 25 January 2012. I am still waiting for my residence card. Unfortunately my passport has expired in the possession of Home office. I read on UKBA website that in this case they issue Residence card on A4 size paper called Immigration status document. Please someone can tell me that RC on ISD would be considered as same as vignette on passport ? because I will soon travel to Turkey after having my RC. Will I get any problem in travelling or is there any way that I can ask Home office to allow me to make new passport and send it to them so they can give me a sticker/ vignette of RC on my passport ?

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Post by EUsmileWEallsmile » Wed May 09, 2012 6:36 pm

If they have your passport they might put it in the expired passport (I hope it was valid when you applied).

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Post by horizon1985 » Wed May 09, 2012 8:16 pm

EUsmileWEallsmile wrote:If they have your passport they might put it in the expired passport (I hope it was valid when you applied).

Thanks for your reply. Yes It was valid but as they mention on UKBA website that in this case they normally issue residence card on separate sheet "Immigration Status document". Do you think that they will put it in my expired passport ? to be honest I would prefer RC endorsement even in my expired passport rather than to have it on separate paper. I hope they would be lenient enough in such circumstances :?

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Post by EUsmileWEallsmile » Wed May 09, 2012 9:13 pm

They will do so if there is no passport. I really don't know what they will do with an expired passport.

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Post by EUsmileWEallsmile » Fri May 18, 2012 9:19 pm

chokedup; please take this up.

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Post by psuch2 » Fri May 18, 2012 9:37 pm

Does anyone have a pic of how does an Rc on A4 looks like, just out of curiosity, thanks
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Post by EUsmileWEallsmile » Fri May 18, 2012 9:40 pm

No, but picture a blank piece of A4 paper with a visa vignette stuck somewhere on it.

Very practical and elegant, eh?

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Post by psuch2 » Fri May 18, 2012 9:49 pm

EUsmileWEallsmile wrote:No, but picture a blank piece of A4 paper with a visa vignette stuck somewhere on it.

Very practical and elegant, eh?
uhn, I see. I was thinking about requesting our passports back, my wife has a family reunion in sweden about mid june. Also my passport expires in 2015 but once i get my RC it will expire in 2017, what should i do them, show my old passport whenever needed or apply for a stamp in the new passport?
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Post by EUsmileWEallsmile » Sat May 19, 2012 7:59 am

psuch2 wrote:
EUsmileWEallsmile wrote:No, but picture a blank piece of A4 paper with a visa vignette stuck somewhere on it.

Very practical and elegant, eh?
uhn, I see. I was thinking about requesting our passports back, my wife has a family reunion in sweden about mid june. Also my passport expires in 2015 but once i get my RC it will expire in 2017, what should i do them, show my old passport whenever needed or apply for a stamp in the new passport?
Normally, if a passport expires before a visa, you can just carry the expired passport.

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Post by chokedup » Wed May 23, 2012 9:01 pm

thanks, EUsmileWEallsmile, so what exactly i should do? ring them at HO?

"The UKBA could affix the vignette to the blue cardboard document similar to the one that they use for EEA nationals. While cheap and nasty, it really does the job, it can be folded over into a nice little booklet. The vignette's protected and it's portable."

do you have any picture of what it looks like?
thanks

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Post by EUsmileWEallsmile » Wed May 23, 2012 9:04 pm

Well not complaining will not result in change. I would suggest the tone of your complaint might be improved to get proper attention.

Please see page 23 of this document for a picture.

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitec ... iew=Binary

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Post by chokedup » Wed May 23, 2012 9:14 pm

thanks that does look tacky!!! thats the same stamp/visa i got on A4 paper why could they not do it like this in the first place???
On ukba website it says visa vignette transfer is 100 pound dont know what exactly would they do...my passport expires next year so would probably wait till than.

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Post by EUsmileWEallsmile » Wed May 23, 2012 9:22 pm

chokedup wrote:thanks that does look tacky!!!
The card folds over neatly, protecting the vignette and fits in passport. While it is cheap, it does the job. The A4 piece of paper must be a real pain!

If you have an RC your only way of getting this into your passport is to make another application.

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Post by Jambo » Wed May 23, 2012 10:55 pm

chokedup wrote:On ukba website it says visa vignette transfer is 100 pound dont know what exactly would they do
The fee is for visa under the UK domestic immigration rules not EEA "visa". The only way to transfer a EEA visa is to make a new application.

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Post by EUsmileWEallsmile » Thu May 24, 2012 6:31 pm

Like I say, if one finds the A4 piece of paper unwieldy, by all means suggest a cheap alternative. They might listen.

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