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EEA Family Permit

EEA Family Permit

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The EEA Family Permit comes under EU law and is used to make traveling between EEA member states easier for non-EEA family members. You may be able to apply for an EEA Family Permit if a member of your family is currently resident in the UK.

While this is not technically a visa, the EEA Family Permit can help non-EEA nationals move to the UK to join their families. Non-EEA nationals may also be eligible for other types of UK visas which allow similar rights. However, the EEA Family Permit is often seen as easier to obtain. The Family Permit is often granted for up to six months. After this, you will be able to apply for an extension of up to five years. This will then mean you are eligible for ‘settled status’ and eventually British Citizenship.

Our team of lawyers are experts in European law and keep up to date through the continuing Brexit negotiations. By using our services, your lawyer will help you and your family assess your eligibility and devise a plan for your future. We will also take full responsibility for your application and complete the necessary forms for you. Call us on +1844 290 6312 or use our online contact form to discuss your family’s situation today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

European law has a much wider definition of family than the UK currently operates. This includes spouses, civil partners, long-term partners where there is evidence of a ‘durable relationship’ and children.

Under European law, children applying to join a parent of EEA nationality can be up to 21 years of age rather than the UK limit of 18. The Family Permit may also be used in some circumstances for dependent parents, grandparents and extended family members such as siblings and cousins.

Where the EEA national is a student, they may only be joined by their spouse/partner and dependent children.

The EEA Family Permit is most often used for:

  • Spouses/partners
  • Unmarried partners
  • Children 21 and under

In certain circumstances, it may be granted to:

  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Siblings
  • Cousins

The EEA Family Permit involves a two-stage application. The Family Permit will grant the relative entry clearance into the UK. Once this has been granted and you have entered the UK, you must confirm your residence rights. This is usually done by applying for a Residence Card which will last for five years.

Once you have lived in the UK for five years, you will be eligible for settled status which will allow you to stay indefinitely.

Because the Family Permit operates under EU law, the UK will not be granting any to applicants after the UK leaves the EU in March 2019. However, the government is planning to release a new system which will allow EEA nationals and their families to stay in the UK. This system should allow you to stay for five years or until you are eligible for settled status.

The EEA Family Permit will last for up to six months. Once you have received it and entered the UK, you will be able to apply for an EEA Residence Card which will last for up to five years. This will allow you to qualify for EEA Permanent Residence (settled status) and remain indefinitely.

We understand that applications of this type can be uncertain as Brexit approaches. We aim to give you and your family security in your right to be in the UK.

With decades of experience, our lawyers can advise you on what is best for your family.

Our application package includes:

  • Document check to ensure that everything meets Home Office standards before you apply;
  • Completion of application forms in full and to a professional standard;
  • Letter of Representation to accompany your application;
  • Contact with the Home Office should they have any more questions before making a decision.

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