EEA Family Permit

EEA Family Permit

The UK has now formally left the EU on 31 January 2020, but there is a transitional period until 31 June 2021. This means that free movement still applies until the end of transitional period. This in turn means that nothing will change until then for the rights of non-EU family members from countries in the EU, plus Norway and Switzerland.

There are currently 2 different family permits:

  1. the EU Settlement Scheme family permit
  2. the EEA family permit

The one you should apply for depends on your circumstances.

To get the family permit, you must be a family member of an EEA citizen who is resident in the UK. This permit applies to spouses, civil partners, children or grandchildren under 21 years old, or a dependent parent or grandparent. You can also qualify as an extended family member or unmarried partner. You need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme family permit if your close family member has a ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Otherwise, you will need to apply for an EEA Family Permit.

The Family Permit makes it easier and quicker to enter the UK and you could experience delays or be refused entry without one. They are free of charge and valid for 6 months. You can leave and enter the UK as many times as you need within that time.

When the permit expires, you have the right to stay on and you could apply for a residence card or for a pre-settled status to prove your right to live and work in the UK.

If you are a member of the EEA national’s extended family, this is mandatory.

Our specialist immigration lawyers will be able to advise and guide you through the practicalities and evidence that is required for this permit. We will be with you every step of the way.

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