EEA Family Permits & Residence Cards
An EEA Family Permit is a formal document issued to non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals under the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006. An EEA Family Permit grants non-EEA family members permission to join their EEA family members in the UK. If you are granted an EEA Family Permit it will be valid for up to 6 months and you will then be able to submit an EEA Residence Card application to extend your stay in the UK. EEA nationals can apply for an EEA Registration Certificate to certify their residence in the UK.
EEA Family Permit for ‘Family Members’
An EEA Family Permit must be granted to non-EEA nationals who qualify as family members of an EEA national under the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006. The following people may be eligible to apply for an EEA Family Permit as Direct Family Members of an EEA national:
- A spouse or civil partner;
- Children or grandchildren of the EEA national (or the children or grandchildren of the non-EEA national), who are under 21 years of age or are a dependent on the non-EEA national; and
- Parents or grandparents who can demonstrate their dependent on the EEA and non-EEA national.
Extended Family Members can also apply under the EEA Regulations. Extended Family Members are more distant family members of the EEA national such as cousins, uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews. To be granted an EEA Family Permit under the EEA Regulations you will need to demonstrate that you are dependent on your EEA national. Unmarried Partners are also considered Extended Family Members of an EEA national and provided they can demonstrate that they are in a “durable relationship” with the EEA national, they may also apply to the UKVI for an EEA Family Permit. To be considered as an extended family member, the following conditions must be met:
- You must be residing outside the UK and must be able to demonstrate that you are dependent on the EEA national or you are a member of the EEA national’s household; or
- In case of Unmarried Partners, you are in a Durable Relationship with your EEA national partner; and
- You wish to enter the UK with the EEA national or join the EEA national in the UK.
You will not be eligible to apply for an EEA Family Permit if you are not considered as a family member under the EEA regulations. Please note that Extended Family Members who are granted an EEA Family Permit must subsequently apply for an EEA Residence Card following the expiry of their EEA Family Permit in the UK or their lawful status in the UK will expire and they will be classed as an overstayer and illegal migrant.
Apply for EEA Family Permit
To apply for an EEA Family Permit the following eligibility requirements must be met:
- You must be either a Direct or Extended Family Member of the EEA national;
- The EEA national is exercising Treaty rights in the UK;
- You must satisfy that the your presence in the UK should not be excluded from the UK on suitability grounds such as the protection of public policy, public security or public health in the UK.
EEA Registration Certificate
An EEA Registration Certificate can be applied for by EEA or Swiss nationals and is a document certifying your right of residence in the UK as a European citizen under EEA Regulations. You will be eligible to apply for an EEA Registration Certificate provided that you can demonstrate that you are residing and exercising your Treaty rights in the UK as a “Qualified Person”. You will be considered to be a Qualified Person if you are a worker, self-employed, jobseeker, student or self-sufficient person. In light of the uncertain status of European citizens due to Brexit, all EEA or Swiss nationals residing and exercising their Treaty rights in the UK are recommended to obtain an EEA Registration Certificate to continue their legal entitlement to reside and work in the UK.
EEA Residence Cards
If you are a non-EEA family member residing in the UK with your EEA national or Swiss national family member, you can apply for a EEA Residence Card to extend your residence in the UK. This is a document which confirms your right of residence under European law. An EEA Residence Card is normally valid for 5 years from the date when it is issued. After being resident in the UK for a continuous period of 5 years, you may be eligible to apply for an EEA Permanent Residence Card.
Why we provide the best legal advice in relation to an EEA Family Permit, EEA Registration Certificate and EEA Residence Card:
We are a UK Solicitors law firm and are fully authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and as a professional law firm are completely exempt from requiring authorisation by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). Many businesses offering immigration services are only OISC regulated and as such are not professional legal organisations such as Solicitors firms or Barristers’ chambers. OISC businesses are not allowed to do legal work before the Courts such as Judicial Review or statutory challenges of Home Office decisions. Also as a professional organisation, our policy is not to employ sales staff to give you “advice” (all our telephone consultations are handled by lawyers). We are often instructed at immigration appeal stages in cases that ‘immigration businesses’ have dealt with and which were clearly hopeless applications at the outset. When you instruct us, qualified immigration solicitors or immigration barristers work on your case from the outset when it matters the most in order to ensure no time and money is wasted and more importantly that no mistakes are made.
As a leading law firm with a track record of success, you can be assured your immigration matter is in safe hands and that the best strategy for your case will be adopted. It is crucial that you seek specialist legal advice at the outset and prior to making any type of immigration application. We can assist your with applications for any type of Visa or permit and any form of leave to remain (or for entry clearance) under the points based system. We ensure our clients comply with the Immigration Rules and the strict requirements of the UKBA prior to making an application, thereby eliminating much of the stress of the application process.
Contact us for a Successful EEA Family Permit, EEA Registration Certificate and EEA Residence Card application:
Our team of experienced and professionally qualified solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the process step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of the law. Please always call us for a free telephone assessment and free case assessment even if you wish to consider other advisers.
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