European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) citizens living in the UK can make applications for a registration certificate, permanent residence document, and British citizenship.
Under European law, National Member States within the European Economic Area (EEA) can enjoy the freedom of movement across Member States. In general, this means that EEA or Swiss nationals have the right to live and work in the UK. Their family is also able to join them. As an EU citizen, you are however currently not required to apply for any documents to prove that you can live in the UK unless you want to apply for British citizenship or want to sponsor your partner’s visa application.
The different categories that can you make an application under EU Law as an EEA national include:
If an EEA national wishes to support an application for a Residence Card by a family member who is not an EEA national, they must be able to prove that they are residing in the UK under the Immigration Regulations 2006 and that they are either:
Employed or self-employed
Retired or someone who has had to cease working in the UK owing to permanent incapacity.
If your family members are not EEA or Swiss nationals, they may need to apply for an EEA family permit before they can come to the UK. This permit is similar to a visa. Upon entering the UK family members of EEA nationals who are not EEA nationals
themselves should apply for a Residence Card confirming their right of residence in the UK under European law. This is normally valid for 5 years. After living in the UK for a continuous period of 5 years under the European Regulations, an application for a document certifying permanent residency may be made.
What is an EU Family Permit?
The EU Family Permit allows people who are nationals of countries outside the EEA, but family members of EEA nationals based in the UK, to join them here. It is important to understand that an ‘EEA Family Member’ is carefully defined. It is designed for use by an EEA national’s spouse, children under 21 years old and other close family members who are part of the same household and still dependant on the EEA national. It tends to apply only where there is an intention that they will live with you for a long time or permanently. We understand the stress and anxiety that being separated from loved ones can cause. We have a dedicated team of solicitors with the skills and knowledge to assist our clients with bringing their family to join them in the UK. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.
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Brexit and EEA/ EU Immigration
With regards to Brexit, we are now in a transition period which is due to end on 31 December 2020. On 1 January 2021, a new post-Brexit immigration system will be introduced. For EU citizens wishing to relocate to the UK in the future, there are key considerations to make in light of Brexit, and there may be alternative options available to you and your family. Our team has wide range of experience advising on many aspects of EU law and can advise you on other visa categories to help you decide on the best course of action. For up to date information on the immigration implications of Brexit and the EU Settlement Scheme, please call us for a consultation.
Our specialist immigration solicitors will be by your side throughout all stages of your application. They will take discuss your circumstances and present you with options on how to proceed. Legal advice should always be sought before an application is submitted, the case must be argued well and in detail to show evidence that you meet the requirements.
Why Choose Us?
Our Solicitors have many years of experience in dealing with EEA/EU and family matters. They will expertly guide you in all aspects of your immigration requirements and are ideally positioned to explain any complexities and can represent your position robustly in order to achieve your desired outcome. We have helped many individuals across the country through the sensitive and complex process of immigration applications.
How to Get in Contact
Please call us on 01234 350 244 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and advice about our family visa application services. We will happily provide you with a free initial discussion about your individual circumstances.
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