EEA Residence Card

EEA Residence Card

Although the UK has voted for Brexit and Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon has been triggered, there will be no change to the rights and status of EU nationals living in the UK while the UK remains in the EU. This means that nothing changes for the rights of non-EU family members wishing to join their families in the UK.

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

You can apply for this card if you are a family member of an EEA national who is living in the UK. This includes 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 don’t need to apply for a residence card as a family member, but it can help you re-enter the UK more quickly and easily if you travel abroad. It is also helpful to be able to show employers you’re allowed to work in the UK and help prove that you qualify for certain benefits and services.

You must apply for a residence card or have a valid EEA family permit if you’re an extended family member.

A EEA Residence Card can last up to 5 years. After 5 years, you can apply for a permanent residence card. There is a small fee to pay.

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

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