European Family Permit

European Family Permit

The EEA countries are made of 28 countries. European National can take advantage of European free movement law, which allows them to travel within the member states without hindrance. They are allowed into member states as tourists or to work or study. They are referred to as qualified persons when they start exercising Treaty Rights in the UK as workers, students, or if they are financially self-sufficient. European Nationals that are qualified persons in the UK give free movement rights to their Non-European family members. Family or Extended family members of an EU/EEA Nationals may be able to apply for a residence card if they are from outside the European Economic Area. They can apply for a residence card if they are both from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) the family member, or extended family member of an EEA national who is a permanent resident or ‘qualified person’.

A non-European family member may apply for an EEA Family Permit and this is issued for six months. EEA national and their non-EEA family members can apply for a permanent residence card after they have lived in the UK for 5 years. This will prove their rights to live in the UK permanently.

They must show that they have lived with their European Economic Area (EEA) family member in the UK for a continuous 5-year period and that their EEA family member has been a ‘qualified person’ throughout the 5 years or has a permanent right of residence. They can also get permanent residence if they have lived in the UK for a continuous period of 5 years as the extended family member of an EEA national and they have held a valid EEA family permit or residence card throughout, first as the family member of an EEA national and then with a retained right of residence, as the family member of the relevant British citizen, if they entered the UK under the ‘Surinder Singh’ route. They can get permanent residence before 5 years if either they were living with their EEA national family member, who was working or self-employed in the UK, immediately before their death, their EEA national family member was working or self-employed in the UK but has ‘ceased activity’ (stopped work or self-employment because of retirement or permanent incapacity, or because they’re now working or self-employed in another EEA state but are still resident and return to the UK at least once a week.

You can speak with one of our Practitioners who will give detailed advice on how to secure your EEA family Permit, Residence documents or Permanent Residence documents a family member of a EEA National Exercising Treaty Rights in the UK.

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