EEA Nationals – Immigration Rules
An EEA national’s right to enter and remain in the United Kingdom is not governed by the UK Immigration Rules. Instead, it is determined by EU legislation.
The regulation provides that nationals of EEA member states and Swiss Nationals have an automatic right to enter the UK and remain here for an initial period of 3 months providing valid identity is shown. In order to remain in the UK for a period exceeding those 3 months, the EEA national must be a ‘Qualified Person’. This means either a “worker”, “self-employed person”, “self-sufficient person” or a “student”. You may also be considered a qualified person if you are a worker or self-employed person who has ceased activity due to illness or involuntary termination for example.
After 5 years as a ‘qualified person’, you are entitled to reside permanently in the UK (whether or not you continue to be a worker, student or job seeker). There is no need for an EEA National to possess documentation confirming their status in the United Kingdom in order to be legally present here. However, many individuals find that the process of finding work is much simpler when they have official documentation to prove their right to reside here.
The Family Members of EEA Nationals
If you are the family member of an EEA or Swiss national, but you are neither British nor European, you derive rights to move to the UK with your family member. You are able to apply for an EEA residence card if you are the spouse, civil partner or extended family member of an EEA national, and the card will usually be valid for an initial period of 5 years. After the initial period, you will be able to apply for a residence card signifying your entitlement to permanent residence in line with your family member.
Danielle and her team of Immigration Solicitors in London deal with EEA applications on a daily basis and will be able to help you to collate the relevant evidence of residency and complete the lengthy application form with ease. This way you will be able to obtain your documentation as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you would like assistance with your application please call us on 020 7267 4133.