I live on the south coast of the UK and my long-term partner lives in Norway. He is planning to move here this Spring/Summer and I'm doing a bit of research on his behalf on how we go about the immigration process. Information about immigrating from an EEC (Norway is not part of the EU) country to the UK is surprisingly hard to find, and anything I have found has been hideously difficult to decipher. I'm wondering if anyone around here might be able to give me some basic information about how to get started?
He owns his house in Norway, and is currently renovating it so that he can lease it out to bring in some extra income once he's here. He also has two Norwegian Forest Cats who will be moving with him.
Here's what I've figured out so far:
- I think the cats will need rabies jabs, which means they have to stay in Norway for six months. This strikes me as a bit silly seeing as Norway has been rabies-free longer than the UK. I thought there was some sort of leeway for transport of animals within Europe... if anyone can shed some light on this, that would be great.
- As far as I can tell, his Norwegian driving license is good for driving anywhere in Europe so he won't need to retake his driving test.
- As far as the actual immigration goes, most sources seem to say that as he is a citizen of an EEC country he doesn't need a visa or anything like that, he can just turn up, and then after five years he can apply for some sort of permanency thing. This was all a bit hard to understand.
Does anyone around here have experience of immigrating to the UK from an EEC-but-not-EU country? If so your input, advice and opinions would be greatly appreciated! :o)