The EEA family permit is for non-EEA citizens to enter an EEA country as long as they have an EEA citizen in their extended family. This, as you can imagine, is an especially useful permit for visiting the UK.
Who is eligible for an EEA Family Permit?
Non-EEA citizens who have an EEA citizen as an extended family member. It allows the family to potentially travel to the UK to visit for a short period (up to 6 months) and is an excellent option for citizens who are eligible. It is often useful in cases where someone needs quick access to the country.
What will happen to the EEA family permit after Brexit?
Currently, the British government is not looking to change the rules on the EEA Family Permit for the foreseeable future, they have insisted that there will be provisions put in place for EEA citizens and they will also continue to use EEA family permit. This means that rights will be retained even after the UK leaves the European Union.
How long can you stay in the UK for on an EEA Family Permit?
You can stay in the UK for up to six months with an EEA Family Permit, entering and leaving freely. You can also potentially extend your stay in the UK once your permit has expired in some specific situations. If you are not eligible to stay then you will need to leave the country. The potential options to stay are laid out below:
Derivative rights of residence
You can apply for an EEA family permit if you have a ‘derivative right of residence’ in the following circumstances;
- You are the primary carer of an EEA child in the UK who is financially independent
- You are a child of an EEA former worker and you’re currently in education in the UK
- You are the primary carer of a child of an EEA former worker and the child is currently in education in the UK
- You are the primary carer of a British child
- You are the primary carer of a British dependent adult
- You are the child of a primary carer who qualifies through one of these categories
You might be able to apply for an EEA Family Permit if you’ve lived in another EEA country with an eligible family member who’s a British citizen.
Retained rights of residence
You can apply for an EEA Family Permit if you previously had a right to reside in the UK as the family member of an EEA national. There are specific circumstances in which this application and if you are not sure then please get in touch.
How much does it cost to apply for an EEA Family Permit?
It is free to apply for an EEA Family Permit and you must make the application online and be currently based outside of the UK. You are not allowed to make an application from inside the UK.
Where can I go for more help?
Give us a call today and we can help with your EEA family permit query. Often the EEA Family Permit is a stepping stone and can be the first step been staying in the UK long term.
So, for more advice or help please get in touch today and let us begin to work on your case.