EEA Nationals and Family Member Permits are for EEA Nationals and their family members who wish to reside or work in the United Kingdom under the EEA Regulations.
Further to the Brexit referendum on 23 June 2016 and the trigger of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty by Prime Minister Theresa May in 29 March 2017, EEA Nationals and their Family Members are still facing uncertainty.
However, EU law still remains applicable in the United Kingdom for now, therefore EEA Nationals and their Family Members have the right to come to the United Kingdom to reside and/or work under the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2016.
EEA Nationals are entitled to enter and reside in the United Kingdom for a period not exceeding three months beginning on the date they are admitted to the United Kingdom provided they hold a valid identification issued by an EEA State.
EEA Nationals can then remain in the United Kingdom for an indefinite period as long as they remain a qualified person exercising Treaty Rights.
In order to be a qualified person, EEA Nationals must fall under one of these categories:
- A worker;
- A self-employed person;
- A self-sufficient person;
- A student;
- A jobseeker.
After 5 years of continuous legal residence in the United Kingdom, EEA Nationals can apply for Permanent Residence Card so far as they meet all of the relevant requirements. More information on Permanent Residence
Furthermore, Family Members of EEA Nationals also have rights under the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2016.
Firstly, they can enter the United Kingdom with a valid Family Permit. More information on Family Permit for Family Members of EEA Nationals
Secondly, Family Members of EEA Nationals need then to apply for an EEA Residence Card in order to remain legally in the United Kingdom. More information on EEA Residence Card
Lastly, they are also entitled to apply for Permanent Residence Card as well as long as they satisfy the relevant requirements. More information on Permanent Residence Card