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I am a French citizen, married to a Russian citizen. I now live and work in the UK, and from what we read, the best solution for her to join me is to apply to a EEA Family Permit, and once in the UK, she'd need to apply for a residence card.

Anyway. How long does it take usually to get the family permit? From the application to the actual delivery of the visa…

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    Technically applying for a residence card is not mandatory. But having one is useful, especially to travel in and out of the UK.
    – Gala
    Sep 1, 2015 at 22:09
  • I have applied for a family permit 15 weeks ago and up to date nothing has come out but when I applied at the Embassy the person who attended me said if I leave the passport it will be quicker between 3 to 5 weeks, I fill it not fare from they part kipping a passport because if you want to travel outside EU you can't do it because they simply old your personal document with them.
    – Many Veiga
    Dec 30, 2021 at 15:14

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I don't have a source at hand but it used to be a huge problem. EU law says “quickly” and the Commission considers delays longer than 4 weeks unacceptable. Visas for EU citizens family members are also supposed to be handled in priority. But a few years ago, application for EEA family permits actually took 6 months or more to be processed. I have no idea whether the issue has been resolved.

There are also other issues with EEA Family permits.

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  • Thank you. The stories in your link are not very enthusiastic, but at least, it gives me an idea of the problems I may have to face...
    – Majuj
    Sep 2, 2015 at 17:02

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