I am a Portuguese citizen through descent. My son is also registered as a EU national. We stay in Goa as I am a computer teacher. I will be shifting to UK in December. I wish to travel with my son and wife. My wife though is from Goa, India. She is an Indian national. Can she get residency in UK as she has to look after my son when I work. Do I apply for family permit and take her with me ?? Or do I have to stay in UK for the initial right of residency and then apply after I'm a 'qualified' person...
You do not need to stay in the UK before your wife can join you; you can travel to the UK together. From https://www.gov.uk/family-permit/eligibility:
Applying as a family member or extended family member
The EEA citizen you’re joining must either:
- be in the UK already
- be travelling with you to the UK within 6 months of the date of your application
If they’ve been in the UK for more than 3 months they must either:
- be a ‘qualified person’ (working, looking for work, self-employed, studying or self-sufficient)
- have a permanent right of residence
Note that the requirement to be a qualified person exists only if you've been in the UK for more than three months.
If you search online you will see that some people have had EEA family permits refused because the sponsor was not a qualified person. These are either old stories, from when the UK was not properly honoring the EU directive, or they are incorrect refusals. If you receive such a refusal, you should complain so it can be corrected.