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European Applications

An EEA family permit is a form of ‘entry clearance’ to the UK (similar to a visa). It is for nationals of countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who are family members of EEA nationals.

There are four different categories in which EU/EEA applications are made:

  • If you are a national of the European Economic Area and wish to apply for a residence card or permanent residence.
  • If you are the immediate family member, or other dependant relative of an EEA national and wish to apply for a residence card or permanent residence.
  • If you need to apply for a family member residence stamp for non EEA national dependants of Bulgarian or Romanian nationals under the Worker Registration Scheme.
  • Application made from outside of the United Kingdom for assessment of whether the requirements for leave to enter the UK as self employed person under a European Community Association Agreement (ECAA) are met. Please note this is not an application for entry clearance or leave to enter United Kingdom. You will need to make a separate application for entry clearance to your nearest British Embassy when you received notification of a decision on your ECAA assessment. You will not be able to travel to the UK until you have entry clearance.

At SKR Legal Solicitors we protect your interests while your application is pending with the Entry Clearance Office / Home Office and keep you informed about the progress on your Immigration matters. We will prepare everything for you in accordance to all the details you will be providing us. Our Immigration solicitors will prepare a covering letter to introduce and support your application. Don’t hesitate to call us for further assistance.

Retained rights of residence

If you were related to an EEA national by marriage or civil partnership but the relationship has ended through death, divorce, dissolution or the EEA national’s departure from the UK, it is possible that you will retain a right of residence in the UK under European law.

Derivative rights of residence

A person may qualify for a derivative right of residence in one of the following categories:

  • As the primary carer of a British citizen child or dependent adult, where requiring the primary carer to leave the UK would force that British citizen to leave the EEA;
  • As the primary carer of an EEA national child who is exercising free movement rights in the UK as a self-sufficient person, where requiring the primary carer to leave the UK would prevent the EEA national child exercising those the free movement rights;
  • As the child of an EEA national worker/former worker where that child is in education in the UK;
  • As the primary carer of a child of an EEA national worker/former worker where that child is in education in the UK, and where requiring the primary carer to leave the UK would prevent the child from continuing their education in the UK; or
  • As the dependent child aged under 18 of a primary carer in one of the categories set out above, where requiring that dependent child to leave the UK would force the primary carer to leave the UK with them.
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