jockey wrote:Someone suggested sending off the application along with authorized copies of the passports (validated copy of original) along with an introduction letter stating your case. Obviously, we will supplement it with originals of all other required documents (bills, bank statements, work details) and some. Has anyone on this forum tried that?
Actually, we even sent normal copies of our passports. This was sufficient to "start the clock". I very much doubt that anybody had a look at the application until a few months later. According to the letter of the law you probably don't even need to include those, because the Home Office has to give you the opportunity to hand in the passport later.
Once the waiting time was over (just under 2 months for EEA1 and EEA2 together), we got a letter asking for the passport to be sent to the Home Office within 3 weeks. Funny enough this letter got posted second class, so one week was already over when we got it (yes, I absolutely believe they are a bunch of chaotic bureaucrats).
I know this seems to contradict the information on the web page and given by the Home Office phone service, but it is easy to see how this happened. If you look at the web page http://www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/applyi ... fpassports
, it is perfectly obvious that it is written for normal visa applications, and not for applications under European law. The only sentence that mentions the European law is clearly an afterthought, standing in direct contradiction to the previous sentence.
Now the phone service seems to be outsourced to India (judging by the accent), and while they try to be helpful, they actually just read the web page to you. Given the inaccuracies of the web page, this obviously cannot produce reliable results.
One more note: before the Home Office removed the Chapter 5 of the European Casework Instructions from the web site, you could find the following paragraph in there:
1.9 Six-month rule
Community law requires us to decide applications for a residence card within 6 months from the date of receipt of the application. Every effort should be made to do so, particularly where an applicant draws our attention to an alleged breach of this requirement. Failure to comply with this requirement could leave the Home Office open to a claim for damages
I sometimes wonder whether this paragraph was the reason the document got pulled. In any case, it cannot hurt to mention in the cover letter that you expect a response within 6 months, as determined by the applicable European and national law.