Permanent Residence Card
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 nationals from countries in the EU, plus Norway and Switzerland.
You can apply for a permanent residence card after you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years. This will prove your right to live in the UK permanently and can be used for your British nationality application. However, the card will not be valid after 31 December 2020. Therefore, if you do not wish to apply for British nationality, you will need to apply under EU Settlement Scheme to protect your status going further.
You are eligible for this card if you have lived in the UK as a European national or as a family member, for a continuous period of 5 years. You or your European family member must have been working, studying or self-sufficient throughout that 5 year period.
You can also get UK permanent residence if you have lived in the UK for a continuous period of 5 years as a member of an EEA national’s extended family, and you’ve held a valid EEA family permit or residence card throughout.
You can apply for this card in two ways. You can either apply online or you can download and fill in the permanent residence application form and post it to the Home Office. There is a small fee to pay.
All non-EU family members will be asked to provide biometric information as part of the application. This can be done at the third part provider visa centres for a small fee. You will need to have a digital photo taken of your face, put your fingers on a screen to be scanned and give your signature.
Our specialist immigration lawyers will be able to advise and guide you through the practicalities and evidence that is required for a permanent residence card. We will be with you every step of the way.