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EEA National & Family Member Success Stories

Our immigration barristers have assisted clients from all around the world to join or remain with their EEA national family members in the UK. The following are a few examples of the many cases in which we have successfully obtained residence documents for EEA nationals and their non-EEA national family members:

EEA National & Family Member Success Stories

  • We successfully assisted an Irish employee of Google to be joined by his wife and children from the USA, by obtaining EEA Family Permits for his family members. Once in the UK, we then successfully applied for EEA Residence Cards for the family.
  • Our immigration barristers represented an Indian national in an appeal against a Home Office decision to refuse to issue him with an EEA Residence Card on the basis of a ‘durable relationship’ with an EEA national. We presented evidence to counter the assertions of the Home Office in relation to genuineness and successfully challenged the Respondent’s interpretation of ‘durable relationship’.
  • We guided a Polish national through the acquisition of a Registration Certificate, Document Certifying Permanent Residence, and ultimately to obtain British Citizenship. We also assisted her mother obtain a Document Certifying Permanent Residence.
  • The Richmond Chambers immigration team successfully represented a Canadian national in her appeal against the refusal of the Secretary of State for the Home Department to issue her with an EEA Family Permit as a dependant ascending line relative of an EU national. We demonstrated that she was, in fact, dependent on her EU national son-in-law, and there were no lawful reasons for the Home Office to require evidence of dependency prior to her move to the UK.
  • Our immigration barristers represented a Brazilian national in her appeal against a refusal to grant an EEA Residence Card as the partner of an EU national in a durable relationship. This followed a Residence Card erroneously being granted for six months, then our client’s subsequent application being wrongly refused, as there had been no material change of circumstances since the previous Residence Card was issued.
  • Our client, a Bolivian national, had been refused an EEA Residence Card because the Secretary of State was not satisfied that her EU national husband held comprehensive sickness insurance. Our immigration barristers represented her in her appeal proceedings and the Judge allowed her appeal.
  • We acted for an Albanian national who appealed against a refusal to grant him an EEA Residence Card as the partner of an EU national in a durable relationship. We successfully argued that two years’ cohabitation was not required in the EU definition of durable relationship.
  • We applied for a Permanent Residence Card for a Georgian national based on continuous and legal residence with an EU spouse in the UK for more than five years. Our client had separated from, but not divorced, his EU national wife, and we successfully demonstrated how our client met the requirements for a Permanent Residence Card.
  • We represented a citizen of the Philippines in her appeal against a decision of the Home Office to refuse to issue a Derivative Residence Card as confirmation of her right to reside in the United Kingdom as the primary carer of British citizen children. Our immigration barristers persuaded a Judge that her parents would be unable to care for her children if she was required to leave the UK.
  • Our client, a citizen of Mauritius, had separated from his EU national spouse and without her co-operation was unable to prove that he had acquired a right of permanent residence in the UK. We persuaded an Immigration Judge that the Home Office was under a duty to undertake checks with HMRC itself in order to verify that our client’s ex-partner had been working in the UK for a continuous 5 year period.
  • Our immigration barristers successfully applied for the children of two Greek nationals with a right of permanent residence within the UK to obtain registration as British citizens; the daughter was born in the UK to parents who became settled in the UK after her birth, but still met the rules under s1(3) of the British Nationality Act 1981.
  • We applied for an EEA Residence Card for the Albanian husband of a Danish national, following his illegal entry to the UK. We successfully demonstrated that the applicant was eligible for a Residence Card as he had provided a valid passport and proof of marriage in accordance with the EEA regulations.
  • The immigration team at Richmond Chambers assisted the Australian same-sex partner of a Maltese national to obtain an EEA Family Permit following their marriage in Denmark. As the Australian national travelled widely for work, we were particularly aware of the need to demonstrate the genuineness of the relationship, and advised the couple appropriately in this respect.
  • We were instructed by the Colombian wife of a French national to obtain a Residence Card as an EU family member. Relying upon her French husband’s self-employment within the UK, we guided the couple through the evidence required to demonstrate the exercise of Treaty rights.

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For expert advice and assistance with applying for a residence document as an EEA national or family member of an EEA national, contact our immigration barristers in London on 0203 617 9173 or complete our enquiry form below.


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