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I am German citizen and my wife is Kazakh. We both live in the UK. She has a non-EEA family permit. The sticker in her passport says that this expired in January but this website https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-a-uk-residence-card says that she nevertheless has the right to stay in the UK.

In July we want together travel to France for 2 months and I don't know what we need to do.

This website https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-a-uk-residence-card/apply, in particular the phrase "The qualified person can include you if they apply online for permanent residence", suggested that I can apply online for both of us. After filling in everything and having payed 149.20 GBP I was directed to https://www.ukvcas.co.uk where I was asked to pay another fee of 400 GBP for an appointment. In addition, all options close to my place in the North-East where fully booked and only in London appointments were available.

Do I really have to travel for one day to London and pay this fee? The initial website https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-a-uk-residence-card/apply (on the botton) says explicitly that the fee is 65 GBP per person - and not 465 GBP.

I am really confused and I would be extremely happy for some advice.

Thank you, Sven


Update: I now figured, that the 400 GBP were for a premium service (thank you, Traveller!). However, the situation is still that I can only book three appointments (for 120 GBP) at Newcastle. As you see in the screenshots the option "View free of charge apointments only" is only available for Manchester - where no appointments are available anyway.

Only three appointments at Newcastle for 120 GBP Zero appointments at Manchester, but the option to show only free of charge appointments


Michael's question, what I payed the 146.20 GBP for, I cannot answer for sure. I was on the website for getting a "residence card" but I fear that the link to the online application brought me to a the application for "permanent residence". I am however not sure if this is something different or not. In case, someone can derive what I applied for from the payment confirmation, here is the screenshot of that:


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    Exactly what did you apply for that cost £149.20 ? – Michael Hampton Apr 18 at 21:59
  • Did you select the ‘free appointment only’ option? It looks like the £400 extra fee is for a priority or expedited biometric appointment s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/soprasteria-ukvi-prd-ukvcas/FAQ.pdf – Traveller Apr 18 at 22:57
  • Hi Michael, hi Traveller, I added screnshots and tried to answer your queries above. Thank you. – Sven Apr 19 at 12:14
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    One thing you could do would be to apply for a free Schengen visa for your trip to France, and while you are in France for two months apply for a free EEA family permit to return to the UK. – phoog Apr 19 at 13:04
  • Hi phoog, I thought about this, but here schengenvisainfo.com/apply-from-uk) it is stated that one needs a "valid UK residence permit" to apply for a Schengen visa. I am again not sure what that means in view of the strange thing, that my wifes visa is expired but the websites state that she anyway has the right to stay. – Sven Apr 19 at 13:53

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