EEA Citizen Settlement in the UK
There are 2 types of EEA visas in which a non-EEA national can apply.
EEA Family Permit
If a non-EEA national is a family member of an EEA national (for instance, unmarried partner, spouse, civil partner, child, grandchild, parent or grandparent), and is living outside the UK, he or she may apply to the Home Office for an EEA Family Permit to live in the UK with their EEA family member. Once this has been granted, the visa will be valid for 6 months. Upon entry to the United Kingdom, the non-EEA national may apply for visa extension within the United Kingdom for an EEA Residence Card.
EEA Residence Card
If a non-EEA national is a family member of an EEA national (for example, unmarried partner, spouse, civil partner, child, grandchild, parent or grandparent), and is in the United Kingdom, he or she may apply to the Home Office for an EEA Residence Card to remain in the UK with their EEA family member. This applies to migrants under any visa category and it even extends to illegal immigrants so long as they can prove the relationship is genuine.
Settlement (Permanent Residence)
An EEA national and their non-EEA family member may apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after having co-habited in the UK for a continuous period of 5 years. Before Brexit, having or not having ILR did not make much of a difference for EEA nationals. With the uncertainty of Brexit, more EEA Nationals are looking to formalise their settlement in the United Kingdom
Who is considered an EEA National?
An EEA National is a citizen of the following Countries:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lictenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Switzerland is neither an EU nor EEA member but is part of the single market – this means Swiss nationals have the same rights to live and work in the UK as other EEA nationals.
We can make an application on your behalf to the Home Office. We can appeal a previous failed application. Contact us for a consultation: +44 (0)2078594274 or [email protected]