Residence documents for European nationals
If you are an EEA or Swiss national, you can apply for a registration certificate. This is a document which confirms your right of residence in the UK under European law. Under European law, you do not need to obtain documentation confirming your right of residence in the UK if you are a national of a country in the EEA. However, if you want to support an application for a residence card by any of your family members who are not EEA nationals, you must demonstrate that you are residing in the UK in accordance with the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 and are 'exercising Treaty rights' in the UK.
EEA family permit
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. Non-EEA or non-Swiss nationals are needed to apply for an EEA family permit before they can come to the UK. This permit is similar to a visa.
If you are the non-European family member of an EEA or Swiss national, and you have come to the UK with them, you can apply for a residence card. This is a document which confirms your right of residence under European law. A residence card is normally valid for 5 years from the date when it is issued.
You may apply for a permanent residence card after you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years under the above categories. This will prove your right to live in the UK permanently.
If you are an EEA or Swiss national, you can apply for a registration certificate. This is a document which confirms your right of residence in the UK under European law.
You don’t need a registration certificate, but it can:
make it easier to claim certain benefits and services
be used to support a family member’s application for an EEA family permit or residence card
EUROPEAN NATIONALS WITHIN THE EEA REGION
Information above reflects current policy, but can change at anytime. Beaumont Park Associates is always up to date with any change, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding to a EEA visa.