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  • redlilly

    Yes, Irish Citizens do have separate rights to stay in the UK but that didn’t stop me from being asked about my residential status in the UK that one time, not sure what that was about!

    Yep – same has happened to me. The worst experience being in October travelling from France to the UK on the eurotunnel, when they challenged me and my Portuguese partner about our rights to live in the UK (I am a dual national), and whether I really owned my car or not!! I wanted to burst out laughing. Proving my OH has rights to remain is a complete shambles, even though he has settled status… I have no idea how he would prove it.

    Also, I have been challenged by BA agents at the gates (on at least 4 occassions) that I cannot use my Irish passport card to travel to or from the UK. Again, they are wrong and it always ends up in a ridiculous debate.

    RE: EU partners – it matters if you are British or not. If you are EU only, then your (EU or non-EU partner) has right of residence based on your grandfathered EU right of residence in the UK (presuming the relationship started prior to Brexit day). If you are British (regardless of if EU (including Irish) as well or not), then your partner can only get UK rights under EU scheme by their own merit with settled/pre-settled status. So it is significant whether you are british or not I’m afraid.

    Interesting. Didn’t know this, thank you. OH has lived in the UK for 5.5 years, only citizenship is Portuguese. We were not together when the UK voted to leave the EU. So he has no grandfathered right. So not relevant in our situation.

    He does have settled status, however. The only way he can evidence this is bringing up a page on a website, which is pretty bad and they (the govt) should really get it sorted. Regardless, none of these questions were asked, when we were getting probed from all random angles at Cocquelles.

    We’re getting married later this year. Perhaps I’ll change my name, and * maybe * this might make things easier. He doesn’t want British citizenship, so perhaps not, if we end up deciding to stay living in the UK.

    Rui N.

    It’s not the date of the referendum that matters, not even “Brexit day” (31 January 2020), it’s the end of the transition period (31 December 2020)


    It’s not the date of the referendum that matters, not even “Brexit day” (31 January 2020), it’s the end of the transition period (31 December 2020)

    Weren’t “formally” together then either!! Relationships hey!!

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