What are the main requirements?
In order to make an application for an EEA Permanent Residence Card, an applicant must be able to demonstrate that:
In order to show that the applicant’s family member has been exercising their treaty rights, the applicant must be able to demonstrate that throughout the 5 year period relied upon their family member has been a worker, job seeker, self-employed person, self-sufficient person, a student or a combination of any of the above or has a permanent right of residence in the UK.
If an applicant does not meet the above criteria, they may qualify for an EEA Permanent Residence Card if they have lived continuously in the UK for the past five years and:
An applicant can be eligible for an EEA Permanent Residence Card before meeting the five-year period if:
Please note that if the EEA Permanent Residence Card holder spends more than two consecutive years outside of the UK they will lose their right to live in the UK permanently..
The card holder can apply to naturalise as a British citizen when they have held permanent residence for a period of 12 months, unless they are married to a British citizen by the time they apply to naturalise, in which case they are eligible to apply to naturalise immediately.
How we can help?
The requirements for an EEA Permanent Residence Card are highly prescriptive and the Home Office routinely refuse applications that do not fully comply with the EEA Regulations and guidance. Our highly experienced team of immigration lawyers will assist in preparing and submitting your application to achieve the best possible outcome.
If you’d like to discuss matters further, please email our Immigration team on firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the online enquiry form on this page.