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UK residence for EU citizens

Overview - UK residence for EU citizens

You do not currently need to apply for a document to prove you can live in the UK unless:

  • you’re an extended family member of someone from the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
  • you want to apply for British citizenship
  • you want to sponsor your partner’s visa application under the Immigration Rules

There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens living in the UK until 2021. You and your family can apply for ‘settled status’ to continue living in the UK after June 2021. The scheme will open fully by March 2019.

If you’re a Croatian national you can now work in the UK without a registration certificate.

Registration certificate

You do not need a registration certificate to confirm your residence status in the UK, unless you’re an extended family member of a ‘qualified’ person.

If you already have a registration certificate it will not be valid after 31 December 2020.

You and your family can apply for ‘settled status’ if you want to continue living in the UK after June 2021. The scheme will open fully by March 2019.

You’re a ‘qualified’ person

You’re usually qualified if you’re a citizen of a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland and you’re one of the following:

  • working
  • studying
  • self-employed
  • self-sufficient
  • looking for work

You must provide proof that you’re qualified. Read the guidance notes with the form to check the supporting documents you need in your situation.

How to apply as a qualified person

You can apply for a registration certificate online.

You cannot use this service if you’re a student or self-sufficient person and you’re either:

  • reliant on a family member for financial support
  • financially responsible for any other family members

If you cannot apply online, you can either:

  • download and fill in the EEA (QP) form and send it to the address on the form - include the £65 fee and the supporting documents listed on the form
  • apply in person at a premium service centre - bring your completed form and supporting documents

You can also add a close or extended family member to your application.

Get help using a computer to apply online

You can get help with:

  • accessing a computer or the internet
  • finding the right information on GOV.UK

You cannot get advice on:

  • which visa you should apply for
  • what information to put in your application
  • an application you’ve already made

Telephone: 03333 445 675

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Find out about call charges

Text: ‘VISA’ to 07537 416 944

visa@we-are-digital.co.uk

Extended family members

Before the new scheme is in place, you’ll still need a registration certificate if you’re an extended family member of someone from the EEA or Switzerland.

Extended family members include the qualified person’s:

  • brother or sister
  • cousin
  • aunt or uncle
  • niece or nephew
  • relative from a different generation, such as a great-aunt, great-nephew or second cousin
  • relative by marriage
  • unmarried partner in a lasting relationship

An extended family member must also be one or more of the following:

  • dependent on the qualified person before coming to the UK - and will either continue to be dependent on them or live in the same house as them in the UK
  • living in the same house as the qualified person before coming to the UK - and will either continue to live with them or be dependent on them in the UK
  • cared for by the qualified person because they have a serious medical condition

Read the guidance for more detail about applying as an extended family member and who counts as a dependant.

How to apply as an extended family member

If the qualified person is applying online, they can add an extended family member to their application.

Download and fill in form (EFM) for an extended family member if the qualified person cannot apply online, or the family member is applying separately.

download EEA(EFM): guidance notes

Send your completed form to the Home Office - the address is on the form.

You must include the supporting documents listed on the form and payment of £65 for each applicant.

Permanent residence after 5 years

You can currently apply for a permanent residence document if you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years.

However, you do not need a document to confirm your residence status in the UK unless:

  • you want to apply for British citizenship
  • you want to sponsor your partner’s visa application under the Immigration Rules
If you already have a permanent residence document it will not be valid after 31 December 2020.

You and your family can apply for ‘settled status’ if you want to continue living in the UK after June 2021. The scheme will open fully by March 2019.

Apply for a permanent residence document

You must provide proof that you’ve been a qualified person or the family member of a qualified person for 5 years.

You’re usually a qualified person if you’re a citizen of an EEA country or Switzerland and you’re one of the following:

  • working
  • studying
  • self-employed
  • self-sufficient
  • looking for work

Read the guidance notes to check the supporting documents you need in your situation.

You can apply online for a permanent residence document if you’re from the EEA or Switzerland. You can also add close or extended family members to your application.

You cannot apply online if you’re a student or self-sufficient person and you’re either:

  • reliant on a family member for financial support
  • financially responsible for any other family members

If you cannot apply online, download and fill in form EEA (PR). Send it to the address on the form - include the £65 fee and the supporting documents listed on the form.

Get help using a computer to apply online

You can get help with:

  • accessing a computer or the internet
  • finding the right information on GOV.UK

You cannot get advice on:

  • which visa you should apply for
  • what information to put in your application
  • an application you’ve already made

Telephone: 03333 445 675

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Find out about call charges

Text: ‘VISA’ to 07537 416 944

visa@we-are-digital.co.uk

Using your document to apply for citizenship

You can only use your permanent residence document to apply for British citizenship after you’ve lived in the UK for 6 years.

That means you must wait another 12 months if you’ve only lived in the UK for 5 years when you get your document.

But you can apply immediately if:

Permanent residence before 5 years

You automatically get permanent residence status in less than 5 years in certain situations.

However, you do not need a document to confirm your residence status in the UK unless:

  • you want to apply for British citizenship
  • you want to sponsor your partner’s visa application under the Immigration Rules

You and your family can apply for ‘settled status’ if you want to continue living in the UK after June 2021. The scheme will open fully by March 2019.

When you get permanent residence in less than 5 years

If you have to stop working

You get permanent residence immediately if you have to stop working permanently (known as ‘permanent incapacity’) because of a work-related accident or illness that means you’re entitled to a UK pension.

After you’ve been resident in the UK for 2 years

If you’ve lived continuously in the UK for 2 years or more you get permanent residence if you have to stop working or being self-employed because of an accident or illness (known as ‘permanent incapacity’).

After you’ve been resident in the UK for 3 years

If you’ve lived continuously in the UK for 3 years or more, you get permanent residence when you:

  • reach State Pension age - you must have been self-employed or worked continuously in the UK for 1 year beforehand
  • retire early - you must have worked continuously in the UK for 1 year beforehand
  • start work or self-employment in another EEA country or Switzerland - you must usually return to your UK home once a week, and have worked or been self-employed in the UK continuously for 3 years or more beforehand

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