Family Permits

EEA applications are for nationals of a country who are outside the European Economic Area (EEA) can apply for an EEA family permit to come to the UK.

The EEA national does not need to be present when you make your application. However, the EEA national must be travelling to the UK with you, or must already be in the UK. If they are not, you must apply for a visa instead of an EEA family permit.

When you apply, you must provide documents to prove your relationship to an EEA national who is coming to the UK or already here.

Residence documents for non-EEA family members of EEA nationals

The residence documents is for non-European family members of European or Swiss citizens who may want to apply for confirmation that they have the right to live in the UK.

If a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland is living in the UK in accordance with the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006, their family members who are not EEA or Swiss citizens also have the right to live here.

There are two types of residence documents which is initially a residence card that is granted for 5 years and thereafter you should be eligible for Permanent Residency.

You do not need to obtain documents confirming your right of residence in the UK if you are a family member of an EEA national. However, you may be inconvenienced if you do not obtain this confirmation, as:

  • You may have difficulty proving that you are lawfully resident in the UK;
  • If you leave the UK, you will usually need to obtain an EEA family permit before returning here, in order to guarantee readmission as the family member of a qualified EEA national; and
  • You may find it difficult to obtain or change employment.

If you meet these requirements, you can find out how to apply from inside and outside the UK. Our diligent solicitors will go through the steps of eligibility with you in detail, prepare and submit the application with the supporting documents

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