The proposed draft:s1120403 wrote:Do these new measures affect only the Surinder Singh applications or do they affect the ones of Eu-nationals residing in the UK who then get married to a non-EU ?
I've read the thread, but it seems that you are discussing only the Surinder Singh route. To me it seems that the wording of the new measures include as well EU-nationals who are not British citizens, but have been working in the UK and then get married to a non-EU and want to apply for a residence card for their spouse. Is it so or would it affect only the Surinder Singh couples ?
"exclude, from the scope of free movement rights, third country nationals who had no prior lawful residence in a Member State before marrying a Union citizen or who marry a Union citizen only after the Union citizen has established residence in the host Member State."
There are 2 clauses here:
1) Non-EU national do not have prior lawful residence in a member state or
2) Marrying EU national after he has established residence in the host member state.
What this means is that if the non-EU citizen currently residing in the UK legally married a EU citizen in the UK after he has established residence in the UK, the non-EU citizen will not inherit the free-movement rights from his spouse to stay in the UK.
The EU citizen can however, after marrying the non-EU citizen residing legally in the UK, exercise the free movement rights by bringing the spouse to another EU country e.g. France/ Ireland etc as both criteria will be met (1) non-EU citizen has lawful residence in the UK. 2) The couple were married before they move to another EU host country ).
What remains unknown is if the EU citizen would be able to bring the non-EU spouse back to the UK after exercising his treaty rights in another EU country. There is a potential loophole that would be similar to the Surinder Singh case - bringing non-EU spouse in without subject to British immigration laws.
In other words, the new draft only affects Surinder Singh case where the non-EU spouse is not currently living in the UK legally (EU citizen bringing spouse directly from non-EU country by first exercising treaty rights in Europe). For cases where non-EU spouse is already living in the UK, the Surinder Singh method might still work.