RichardW, I don't know if I necessarily agree with your reply to this question, as a non-EU spouse on a Tier 2 Visa is technically 'lawfully residing' in the UK.Richard W wrote:crunchycracker wrote:Correct. However, they can move together to an EU country where the EU national has never lived.crunchycracker wrote: 2) EU national living in the UK marrying a non-EU spouse who is currently living in the UK on a valid visa such as Tier 2 General won't allow the non-EU spouse to stay in the UK on the basis that the EU national is exercising his/ her treaty rights
My interpretation on the proposal, specifically, "third country nationals who had no prior lawful residence in a Member State before marrying a Union citizen," is that it is mainly pertinent to those couples that are not co-habitating together in the member state (in this case the UK) prior to marriage. The same goes for the second part of the proposal.
I would assume that a Non-EU national on a Tier 2 visa is, in fact, living in the UK as a lawful resident. Should they marry an EU citizen living in the UK, then this proposal would not affect the Non-EU national. I think this proposal is meant to bring more control to restricting potential marriages of convenience, otherwise, all non-EU spouses would lose their treaty rights as a family member of an EU citizen.
I'm an Italian / American dual citizen living in the UK. I came over to the UK with my US unmarried partner 3 years ago. She is on a Tier 2 visa, and because I had been going through the paper work process to become recognized as an Italian citizen, I was also on a Tier 2 visa. We married last April, and my paperwork for Italian citizenship finalized in the Autumn. I am now exercising my treaty rights and my spouse has recently applied for her EEA2 card, ultimately dissolving her status as a Tier 2 migrant. If your assumption proves correct, well then, we would both have to move, as she wouldn't have maintained her status as a lawful Tier 2 resident. It seems a bit convoluted to pick apart relationships like these, as opposed to ones that look 'convenient' from a immigration standpoint in order to circumvent national immigration laws.