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We require further information to assist you and would like you to come in and see us. As the husband of an EEA national who has obtained permanent resident status (because she has been in the UK for 23 years), you may be able to apply for a permanent residence Card as the spouse of an EEA national after you have been in the UK for five years. However, to qualify your 'sponsor' (in this case your wife) must have been exercising her Treaty rights; ie working, studying, or being self-employed. If she has not, then you may have to apply for an extension on your existing visa and then Indefinite Leave to Remain after five years in total of residing in the UK.
Please note, this answer cannot be taken as a legal advice until we have your full instructions. The answer provided above is for information purposes only, if you would like to proceed to full legal advice and consultation with our Immigration solicitors, please let us know your availability for an appointment by contact us on 0207 936 9960 or through our contact form.
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Posted on Tuesday, 26 July, 2016