We recently received some more wonderful news that our client (“the Applicant”) had been granted an EEA Document Certifying Permanent Residence. In our initial meeting with the Applicant, we discovered the circumstances surrounding her application. Following the meeting, we were instructed for the preparation and submission of an EEA Document Certifying Permanent Residence application. The Home Office appreciated that we had prepared an exceptionally well-prepared application. We received a decision on the application within 14 days from the date of submission.
The Case for EEA Document Certifying Permanent Residence
The Applicant was an Italian national who had spent the last 5 years in the United Kingdom exercising her treaty rights. The Applicant had worked for 2 UK employers before setting up her own business. In our initial consultation with the Applicant, we had discussed the merits and demerits of her application. After speaking to our solicitors the Applicant instructed us to prepare and assist with the submission of her EEA Document Certifying Permanent Residence application. Through our careful and thorough process, our immigration team assisted the client to prepare her application and managed to flag out any issues to the client. Our Immigration team has a track record of assisting clients to submit complex applications and ensuring the application is prepared as strongly as possible. We regularly assist with providing solutions to problems in relation to the requirements or the support documents. All our applications are accompanied by detailed legal representations evidencing how the requirements are met.
What is an EEA Document Certifying Permanent Residence?
An EEA Document Certifying Permanent Residence is a formal Home Office document that allows EEA nationals to reside in the UK without any restrictions. The document is issued under the EEA Regulations. It is considered to be the equivalent of Indefinite Leave to Remain under the Immigration Rules. Applicants can apply for British Citizenship 12 months after the date the document was acquired. If you do not meet the requirement for an EEA Document Certifying Permanent Residence it is advised that you apply for an EEA Residence Card. It is crucial you hold some sort of EEA document once the UK officially leaves the EU in March 2019.
What are the requirements of an EEA Document Certifying Permanent Residence?
Ever since the United Kingdom opted to leave the European Union in June 2016 interest in the EEA Document Certifying Permanent Residence application has taken a significant rise. This is primarily because the future of EEA nationals in the UK remains unclear therefore EU nations have taken serious steps to regularise their status in the UK. The UK Government has failed to reassure those EEA nationals who do not hold an EEA document but are in the UK exercising their treaty rights. Further, there is also a web of uncertainty regarding the future of Non-EEA family dependents.
Applicants can apply for an EEA Document Certifying Permanent Residence in the United Kingdom if they can satisfy the requirements listed under the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016. The fundamental and most important requirements are listed below:
- You must be a national of an EEA Country;
- You must be able to show that you are a qualified person under the EEA Regulations. This requirement can be fulfilled by showing the exercise of treaty rights or self-sufficiency;
- You must be able to provide evidence that you have been residing in the United Kingdom for a continuous period of 5 years; and
- You must not have excess absences from the United Kingdom unless there are exceptional and compelling circumstances surrounding the absences. It is possible to make submissions to the Home Office explaining the absences.
Non-EEA Family members of EEA nationals may also be eligible to apply for an EEA Document Certifying Permanent Residence. To explore the requirements in greater detail please do not hesitate to contact our Immigration Team on 0207 1830 570.
Using Legal Representation to Apply for an EEA Document Certifying Permanent Residence
Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration status. It is possible to instruct an immigration and visa legal representative to submit an EEA Document Certifying Permanent Residence application.
Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject applications which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your EEA Document Certifying Permanent Residence application succeeds, all necessary documents must be provided.
This can be a significant administrative task and you will need to submit the correct documentary evidence. The UK Immigration Rules and EEA Regulations are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your EEA Document Certifying Permanent Residence application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successful EEA Document Certifying Permanent Residence
Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your immigration status and the merit of your EEA Document Certifying Permanent Residence application before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of your EEA Document Certifying Permanent Residence application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.
We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients. LEXVISA is just minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.
Preparation is the key to a successful EEA Document Certifying Permanent Residence application. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation.
Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.