I'm married to an EEA national, a Romanian. We've been together for 3 years and 8 months (44 months), and have been married a year ago, on the 11th Nov 2015. My wife has visited me twice in my country, Algeria.
I applied to the UK for an EEA Family Permit on 19th Oct 2016, and provided a full file to show that we have a genuine marriage. I was aware that the supporting documents are crucial, and included photographs of my wife pictured with my parents, brothers and cousins.
I keep in touch with my wife daily, but didn't know how to attach that sort of evidence to the visa application (download and print, download FB and Skype coversations onto USB flash?). I went ahead and applied without any proof of our communication. I got a refusal and both my wife and I are devastated.
The refusal says that I have the right to appeal within 28 days, I'm requesting another appointment and re-applying.
How do I show the proof of our constant communication?
You have stated that you have met in person on 2 occasions. The photographs in support of your application are of your wedding and other occasions where you claim to have met. In the covering letter from your sponsor, she has stated that she met you in person when she visited you in December 2014. She goes onto further state that she visited you again in October 2015 and returned back to the UK in December 2015. Given the fact you have been in a relationship for 43 months and spent the vast majority of your relationship living apart from one another, I would expect to see other means of contact between you to cover these periods. You claim to keep in contact via the internet however you have provided no evidence to support this. It is only reasonable to expect that in a genuine subsisting, supportive and affectionate relationship, which you claim has existed since March 2013, that there would be significant evidence of regular contact, in the form of chat and call records. Given the background to your relationship, lack of evidence of any correspondence between you, I am not satisfied that you have genuinely formed a relationship, that you have been in regular contact, and that your marriage is subsisting.
In view of your failure to provide satisfactory evidence, I am not satisfied that you are the family member of an EEA national in accordance with Regulation 7 of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006.