I'm a US national here as the unmarried partner of a Spanish national (currently on 6-month EEA extended family member permit).
I have two questions. First, I am applying for a residence card (again as an extended family member) to stay beyond the 6 months of my permit. In the application form they ask about a previous biometric residence permit. I did have my biometric information taken as part of the 6-month extended family member permit - does this qualify? And does it mean that I don't have to go to the post office to give them my biometrics again? I would have assumed fingerprinting etc. wouldn't be necessary as I just did that a few months ago in the US, but elsewhere on the form it implies that you have to do so unless you have an actual previous biometric card. Any help appreciated.
Second question is - I was thinking of also applying for a work visa sponsored by my current employer. My reasoning was that then I would be covered either way - I'd like to be able to stay here independently regardless of my relationship. However, my question is, if I do apply for Tier 2, does that supersede my EEA status (or alternatively would the EEA supersede my UK work visa)? Obviously it would be best to have both independently so that I could stay in the country even if:
1) I lose my job (could stay on EEA permit) or
2) my partner has to return to Spain when his contract ends (could stay on work visa)
So does one of them somehow invalidate the other?
Thanks - any advice very much appreciated!