EU Permanent Residency

Permanent residence is the right to live permanently in an EU member state. Irrespective of whether the holder of the status is exercising Treaty rights as a worker, self-employed person, self-sufficient person, student or family member of one of these categories.

In order to apply you must normally have lived in the UK for a continuous period of 5 years as either:

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An EEA national ‘qualified person’ (worker, self-employed, self-sufficient, student or jobseeker)

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A family member (spouse or civil partner, child or grandchild, parent or grandparent) or extended family member (unmarried partner, siblings, aunt/uncle, first cousin, nephew/niece, family member/relative of your spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner) of an EEA national qualified person or permanent resident

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A former family member of an EEA national if you have retained your right of residence after the EEA national died or left the UK, or the marriage /civil partnership ended in divorce, annulment or dissolution

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A family member of a British citizen who worked or was self-employed in another EEA state before returning to the UK (‘Surinder Singh ‘cases)

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An EEA national former worker or self-employed person who has ceased activity in the UK because you have retired, are permanently incapacitated, or you’re now working or self-employed in another EEA state but still retain your residence in the UK

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The family member or extended family member of an EEA national who has ceased activity

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The family member or extended family member of an EEA national former worker or self-employed person who has died

You can only apply as an extended family member if you have held valid residence documentation (registration certificate, residence card or an EEA family permit) throughout the relevant qualifying period.

If you reach State Pension age or retire early you can apply after you have been living in the UK for 3 years. You must have worked continuously in the UK for one year beforehand (including being self-employed).

This is a paper-based application procedure. Supporting evidence is required instead of relying on the Home Office to make checks themselves.

You must provide the following documents with your application:

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A current passport

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2 passport sized colour photographs

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One passport size colour photograph of your EEA national or British citizen sponsor

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Your EEA family member’s valid passport or national identity card

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Evidence of your relationship to your EEA family member – such as a marriage certificate, civil partnership certificate, birth certificate or proof that you’ve lived together for 2 years if you are not married

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List of absences proving that starting from when you entered the UK, you have not spent more than a total of 6 months outside the UK during a 12 month period

You also need to provide proof of one of the following, depending on your eligibility:

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That your EEA family member has a permanent right of residence

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That your EEA family member is a qualified person

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That you qualify because of a retained right of residence

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That you qualify for a ‘Surinder Singh’ application

A 5-year blue card is issued to those who qualify. The main bonus with this procedure is that you can choose a continuous 5-year period that isn’t necessarily the last 5 years. Permanent Residency is backdated to the time the 5-year continuous period was completed.

You can use your permanent residence document to:

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Apply for British citizenship

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Sponsor your partner’s visa application

Migrate UK recommendations

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On the 31st of January 2020, the UK ceased to be a member of the European Union, therefore your permanent residence card will not be valid after 31 December 2020. You and your family should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you wish to continue to live in the UK.

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If you have permanent residency or settled status you can naturalise as a British citizen. You must have held permanent residency or settled status for at least 12 months before you apply. A permanent residency application will backdate your claim to when you completed your 5 years, whereas the settlement scheme does not. This could mean you can make a British nationality application sooner.

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