EU, EEA and Commonwealth
EEA family permit
You can apply for an EEA family permit to come to the UK if you’re both:
- from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)
- the family member or ‘extended’ family member of an EEA national – check if you’re eligible
There are other ways you may be eligible, for example:
- with a ‘derivative right of residence’ – you’re the carer of someone who has the right to be in the UK, the carer’s child, or the child of an EEA national who previously worked in the UK
- under the ‘Surinder Singh’ judgement – you’re the family member of a British citizen who has lived and worked in another EEA country
- with a ‘retained right of residence’ – you have the right to stay in the UK as the family member of an EEA national who has died, left the UK or is no longer your spouse or civil partner
You must be outside the UK to apply for an EEA family permit.
UK residence card
You can apply for a residence card if you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and living with a European partner or family member who’s not British.
You don’t need a residence card to live in the UK, but it can:
- help you re-enter the country more quickly and easily if you travel abroad
- show employers you’re allowed to work in the UK
- help prove you qualify for certain benefits and services
You should instead apply for a derivative right of residence card if you’re the carer of an EEA citizen, the carer’s child, or the child of an EEA worker and currently in education.
A residence card can last up to 5 years and after 5 years, you can apply for a permanent residence card.
Derivative residence card
You may be able to apply for a derivative residence card if you’re the primary carer of someone who has the right to live in the UK or the primary carer’s child. You can also apply as the child of an European Economic Area (EEA) worker if you’re at school in the UK.
You must also meet all the other eligibility requirements. Please contact us for initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and to discuss the options.
A derivative residence card proves you have the right to live in the UK.
A ‘primary carer’ means you’re someone’s main carer – or you share the responsibility with someone else – and you’re their family or legal guardian.
You can only apply for a derivative residence card if you’re already living in the UK – you should apply for an EEA family permit instead if you’re applying from outside the UK.
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