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by thommot
Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Immigration for family members
Topic: EEA dependent ink stamp
Replies: 10
Views: 1840

Re: EEA dependent ink stamp

I would also be interested in knowing how airlines see the stamp. In principle my wife already has the EEA2 residency card—got the acceptance letter last week—but she left the country today, I'm following on Friday, and the total rubbish DX Delivery that Home Office uses to deliver the cards themsel...
by thommot
Mon Oct 31, 2016 6:38 pm
Forum: EEA-route Applications
Topic: EEA(FM) EEA2 - TIMELINES ONLY
Replies: 1405
Views: 313080

Re: EEA(FM) EEA2 - TIMELINES ONLY

Update: EEA(FM) Application posted on : 19/09/2016 Received by UKVI/HO on : 20/09/2016 Payment taken on : 22/09/2016 Passport return request sent on: 28/09/2016 EuroBiometrics@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk emailed: 28/09/2016 EuroBiometrics@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk emailed again: 06/10/2016 with copy to MP and...
by thommot
Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:24 pm
Forum: EEA-route Applications
Topic: EEA(FM) EEA2 - TIMELINES ONLY
Replies: 1405
Views: 313080

Re: EEA(FM) EEA2 - TIMELINES ONLY

EEA(FM) Application posted on : 19/09/2016 Received by UKVI/HO on : 20/09/2016 Payment taken on : 22/09/2016 Passport return request sent on: 28/09/2016, again 09/10/2016 Passport received on: ?? Bio letter received on : ?? Biometrics Enrolled on : ?? COA : ?? Resident Card Received on : ?? Document...
by thommot
Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: EEA-route Applications
Topic: Passport return requests: correct way and chance of success
Replies: 6
Views: 1001

Re: Passport return requests: correct way and chance of succ

Community law obliges Member States to grant family members a residence card as soon as possible and in any event no later than six months from the date of application. So 6 months processing time would be in line with the Directive and not sub-standard. The directive as well is sub-standard, 6 mon...
by thommot
Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:18 pm
Forum: EEA-route Applications
Topic: Passport return requests: correct way and chance of success
Replies: 6
Views: 1001

Re: Passport return requests: correct way and chance of succ

The HO will return the non-EEA passport only if it still has a valid visa on it which didn't expire yet. Thanks for your answers. Our FP will expire in early November, so if we don't get the COA by then, they will not return the passport? But if we do get the COA quickly, then they should return it...
by thommot
Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: EEA-route Applications
Topic: Passport return requests: correct way and chance of success
Replies: 6
Views: 1001

Passport return requests: correct way and chance of success

There seems to be a lot of conflicting information, on these forums and elsewhere on the internet, whether it is even possible, and how, to get the passport returned for EEA2 applications. I would be grateful for an up-to-date clarification on the following points. Will the Home Office return the pa...
by thommot
Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: Referendum-News and Developments
Topic: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?
Replies: 358
Views: 12073

Re: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?

While I believe the restriction to settled persons should be relaxed, do you have any evidence that a change to the rules is planned? I think it is quite likely that such a relaxation will have to be forced on the government through the courts. The UK immigration system does not allow for a native ...
by thommot
Sat Jun 11, 2016 9:10 am
Forum: Referendum-News and Developments
Topic: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?
Replies: 358
Views: 12073

Re: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?

I'm definitely not going to pay those fees, if they start applying them to my wife. We had a huge fight to get the EEA Family Permit, and will not be able to apply for the EU-style residency card until the autumn as it's difficult to arrange for half a hear without travel. Regardless of your immigr...
by thommot
Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: Referendum-News and Developments
Topic: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?
Replies: 358
Views: 12073

Re: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?

Even if we vote to Remain, there is no reason why the government be sweet to an organisation that nearly half the voters would vote against. Oh, the Tories are already planning another round of bitching to destroy the remains of free movement left from the previous round. I say the EU should kick t...
by thommot
Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:54 pm
Forum: Referendum-News and Developments
Topic: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?
Replies: 358
Views: 12073

Re: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?

secret.simon wrote:Well, the world of Bleak House and Dickensian poverty gave us the empire over which the sun did not set, while the welfare state has only given us a sense of entitlement and dependency.
The sun did actually set. Only the Tories have not realised it yet, and are acting like bitches to the EU.
by thommot
Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:44 pm
Forum: Referendum-News and Developments
Topic: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?
Replies: 358
Views: 12073

Re: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?

I can recognise injustice and rip-off from miles away. Injustice and rip-offs are loaded words and like good and evil, entirely moralistic and based on opinion. One person's good is another person's bad and who is to say which one of them is right? Why does one person's opinion matter more than ano...
by thommot
Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:25 pm
Forum: Referendum-News and Developments
Topic: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?
Replies: 358
Views: 12073

Re: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?

I certainly expect an academic to argue a more detailed analysis of the alternate points put forward in a discussion than to repeat the same point again-and-again, which is what politicians do. I'm not a political scientist, but I can recognise injustice and rip-off from miles away. I'm just a STEM...
by thommot
Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: Referendum-News and Developments
Topic: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?
Replies: 358
Views: 12073

Re: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?

The fees such a significant fraction of my income, and especially someone's at the lower income limit, that they are purely punitive. As we have seen, they are significantly higher than the costs, and shifting taxes onto the poor from the rich. Firstly, we have not seen that they are significantly ...
by thommot
Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:58 pm
Forum: Referendum-News and Developments
Topic: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?
Replies: 358
Views: 12073

Re: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?

an increase of 5 percentage points to my tax rate. Is that your definition of "humane"? The fees such a significant fraction of my income, and especially someone's at the lower income limit, that they are purely punitive. As we have seen, they are significantly higher than the costs, and shifting t...
by thommot
Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:32 pm
Forum: Referendum-News and Developments
Topic: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?
Replies: 358
Views: 12073

Re: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?

But in any case, I am sure you would agree that it is for a democratically elected government, and not for a person having an interest in the outcome, to make the rules. There also things called human rights, which I'm sure the UK rules for spousal visas violate if they ever get challenged in an in...
by thommot
Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:28 pm
Forum: Referendum-News and Developments
Topic: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?
Replies: 358
Views: 12073

Re: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?

I also do wonder how other countries have much lower fees, yet not any higher tax rate? Perhaps because the rich don't pay any taxes in the UK? (The NI is a big hoax, as you stop paying the NI exactly when there's some progression in the tax rate.)
by thommot
Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:11 pm
Forum: Referendum-News and Developments
Topic: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?
Replies: 358
Views: 12073

Re: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?

So, your argument about the cost of individual visa applications and of EEA citizens not having to pay for a service is not entirely correct. I can appreciate that EEA citizens do not utilise a service, but their non-EEA family members do and they should be treated as being on par with the same app...
by thommot
Fri Jun 10, 2016 5:36 pm
Forum: Referendum-News and Developments
Topic: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?
Replies: 358
Views: 12073

Re: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?

The current government in the UK has broadly adopted a "user pays" policy when it comes to government funding, be it in transport (higher fares, lower subsidies), housing (more private, less social housing) and benefits (lower, just lower). How would an EU migrant burden the immigration system at a...
by thommot
Fri Jun 10, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: Referendum-News and Developments
Topic: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?
Replies: 358
Views: 12073

Re: New EU deal: Free-movement rights gone?

To put a bright note on this... I non eea family members need to comply with UK law, that doesn´t mean they are not allowed to live in the UK, it just means that the process to get a visa/permit will be different. Of course could be harder or have limitations (for example income minimum limit). Som...
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