> Thank you so much for your response. I believe that Patrik has been
> living in the UK for about a year. He has been able to work without any
> special Work Permit; Polly, who has lived in the UK as a student for
> five years, is allowed to work on her student visa.
> The reason we thought he might also have to complete a form was this,
> in Section 3, Your Famly:
> "3.5 Is your spouse/civil partner travelling with you? (If yes, please
> note that he/she should complete a separate application form)"
> We will try to call the British Embassy in Stockholm on Monday; they
> have very limited phone hours. The entire process MUST now be done
> online: you submit the application and then request an interview time.
> There is no way to ask anything in advance.
> Once P & P are back in London, they will apply for a Residence Permit
> and Five Year Family Permit. They are based in the UK now, but being
> young and unencumbered, plan to travel around for a bit and then settle
> (perhaps in France) while Patrik takes an advanced degree. It should be
> a fun and interesting time, once the paperwork (arising from Polly's
> nationality) is sorted out.
> John wrote:
>> HuckleHill@... wrote:
>>> My 23 year old American daughter (Polly) is living in London on a
>>> soon-to-expire student visa. She and her Swedish boyfriend (Patrik)
>>> plan to marry in Sweden and return to London (where they both work)
>>> with an EEA Family Permit (VAF1). They would like to stay there for
>>> about a year, while Patrik figures out where he'd like to continue his
>>> We are all confused about the process, and hope that someone with
>>> recent experience can answer these questions:
>>> - Does Patrik, the Swede, also have to fill in an application for the
>>> Permit? (The form itself says that if they are travelling together,
>>> each needs to complete a form... but wouldn't that potentially create
>>> two interviews, possibly at different times?)
>>> - Do you know how long it usually takes to get the Permit after the
>>> interview in Stockholm?
>>> If you can offer any tips about the process, we would be hugely
>>> Many thanks,
>> Karen, your daughter will use form VAF1 to apply for her EEA Family
>> Permit at the British Embassy in Stockholm. It is not necessary for her
>> husband (as he will be) to make any application there. As an EU/EEA
>> Citizen he has Treaty Rights, and those include the ability to live and
>> work in any other EEA country, including the UK, without requiring a
>> visa or permit of any kind.
>> Application times in Stockholm? These vary around the world but a quick
>> telephone call to the Visa Section will probably give you that information.
>> How long has Patrik been exercising his Treaty Rights in the UK?
A couple of points. Firstly Patrik is no longer obliged to use form EEA1
to apply for a Residence Permit from the UK. He can if he wants to, but
does not have to. This is since the new EEA regulations that came into
force on 30.04.06.
Secondly, the form VAF1. Do appreciate that such form is used for a
number of different purposes. As far as your daughter using the form in
Stockholm to apply for an EEA Family Permit, no her husband (as he will
be) does not need to make an application.
Nevertheless your daughter will need to show proof that she is indeed
married to an EEA citizen, and can do that by showing her husband's
Stockholm! What a lovely city! Until we visited on holiday we did not
realise how attractive it is ..... and how much water is around and in it!