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EEA Permanent Residence in the UK
If you are an EU citizen, you can apply for permanent residence as long as you have stayed in the UK for 5 years or more. Unless you wish to sponsor your partner’s visa or apply for British citizenship, EU nationals do not need a permanent residence document to live in the UK,
According to the UK government, if you already have a permanent residence document, it will not be valid after 31 December 2020. However, you can apply for further settled status, if you want to keep living in the UK after June 2021. The ‘Settled status for EU citizens and their families’ is currently not fully open and is subject to approval by Parliament.
Our experienced immigration lawyers are up-to-date on information regarding EEA legislation and changes. We are always ready to assist you better understand all immigration options. Our lawyers will work around you, and ensure your case is solved in a timely manner. We can meet with you in person, via Skype, through email or on phone. We will assist you to assess your eligibility as well as ensuring you have all the needed documents ready to submit.
We will help you complete your application form for your EEA Permanent Residence in a timely and professional manner. One of our dedicated lawyers will also prepare a letter of representation to accompany your application and the supporting documents. We will also communicate with the Home office through the application process.
Contact us, if you want to make an application for Permanent Residence or have a question related to your UK settlement.
Am I an EEA national?
The EEA includes all countries in the EU and Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.
Eu countries include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
Although Switzerland is not a member of neither EU nor EEA, Swiss citizens have the right to live, study and work in the UK just like any national from an EEA country.
If you are a citizen of any of the countries mentioned, you are an EEA citizen.
What is an EEA Registration Certificate?
If you are an EEA national who has been living in the UK for less than five years, you cannot apply for an EEA permanent residence certificate. However, you can apply for an EEA Registration Certificate.
- You need to be a citizen of an EEA country.
- You need to be employed, studying, seeking employment or have access to enough funds to support yourself.
- An EEA registration card will last for five years after which you can apply for permanent residence.
- For more information on the EEA Registration Certificate, you can visit our EEA Registration Certificate
How will Brexit affect EEA Registration Certificate and EEA permanent residence?
In 2016, the UK voted to withdraw from the EU by invoking Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union. The exit day from the EU has been declared to be 29 March 2019. As of now, it is uncertain the future status of both the EEA Registration Certificate and permanent residence.
According to the UK government, a scheme will be opened fully by March 2019 which will allow, EU citizens to apply for a settled status which will allow them and their families to continue living to work, and studying in the UK after June 2021. Details of this scheme are still subject to approval by parliament. The rights of European nations not in the EU including Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland are still under negotiation.
We will keep you updated. For more information, contact us.
Does permanent residence lead to citizenship?
If you successfully apply for permanent residence, you can use that document to apply for citizenship if you have lived in the UK for 6 years. If you are married to or are in a civil partnership with a British citizen or have already been living in the UK for more than 6 years, you can immediately apply for citizenship.
How Can Optimus Law Help?
Our experienced and competent immigration experts are up-to-date on information regarding EEA legislation and changes. We are always ready to assist you better understand all immigration options. Our lawyers will work around your busy schedule, and ensure your case is solved in a timely manner. Here are some of our services provided.
- We can meet with you in person, via Skype, through email, or on phone.
- We will assist you to evaluate your eligibility as well as ensuring you have all the needed documentary evidence.
- We will help you properly fill out your application form for your EEA Permanent Residence.
- One of our dedicated lawyers will also prepare a cover letter to accompany your application and the supporting documents.
- We will also communicate with the Home office through the application process.
- Contact us, if you have any concerns regarding EEA Permanent Residence.
Contact us, if you have any concerns regarding EEA Permanent Residence
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