EEA Family Permit

EEA Family Permit

Although the UK has voted for Brexit, there will be no change to the rights and status of EU nationals living in the UK. This means that free movement will still apply until Britain formally leaves the Union. This in turn means that nothing will change immediately for the rights of non-EU family members wishing to join their families in the UK.

The EEA Family Permit applies to those outside the European Economic Area (EEA), which includes all the countries in the EU, plus Norway and Switzerland.

To get this 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.

The EEA 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 card expires, you have the right to stay on and you could apply for a card 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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