EEA Permanent Residence Application

Update: The EEA Permanent Residence Application is being replaced by the new EU Settlement Scheme. Click here to being directed to the EU Settlement Scheme.


For EU, EEA or Swiss nationals who intend to continue living in the UK after the 30th of June 2021. Once the application to the EU Settlement Scheme is successful, you will be granted settled or pre – settled status. If you have an indefinite leave to remain or stay, you may be able to remain  in the UK without needing to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Visit the government website for more information.


How can I make an  EEA Permanent Residence Application?

EEA Permanent Residence Application

 An EEA Permanent Residence Application can be made if you live in the UK as an EEA national for a minimum of 5 years whilst exercising your Treaty rights. The document, also known as a Permanent Residence card, signals your proof of permanent residence.

Approved EEA Permanent Residence Application 

Being granted Permanent Residence enables the holder to live in the UK for the rest of their life with no restrictions on entry and exit. However, an individual leaves the UK for more than 2 years, they may lose their Permanent Residence.

Is obtaining a Permanent Residence card mandatory?

If you are an EEA national who has been in the UK for 5 years or more, it is not mandatory for you to obtain a Permanent Residence card. Some prefer to obtain one regardless, as it is official confirmation of their status as a permanent resident in light of Brexit and its uncertainty regarding the status of EEA migrants in the UK. Therefore, it is not mandatory, but obtaining one will considerably speed up the process of exchanging it for a settled status document from 2019 to 2021. The exchange from a PR card to a settled status document will be free of charge.

EEA nationals who wish to apply for British citizenship must apply for a Permanent Residence card and usually hold it for one year before they can make an application for naturalisation.

What if I’m a non-EEA family member of an EEA national in the UK?

It is mandatory to get a Residence card if you are a non-EEA family member of an EEA national and wish to obtain Permanent Residence in the UK.

Eligibility for Permanent Residence document as a non-EEA family member of an EEA national in the UK

As a family member, you are eligible for a Permanent Residence document if:

  • You have lived with your EEA family member in the UK for 5 years continuously, and
  • If your EEA family member has been a “qualified person” throughout the 5 years or already has a permanent right of residence

Additionally, you are eligible if:

  • You are the extended family member of an EEA national with a valid EEA Family Permit and then held a retained residence card throughout
  • You entered the UK under EU law after living in another EEA country, also known as the ‘Surinder Singh route’

Applications cost £65 per person.

Please note that this article is not designed to list the full criteria and the complexities of the application process extend beyond the scope of the information given. Prospective applicants are advised to seek legal advice for a thorough understanding of the requirements.

How can NA Law Solicitors help with making an EEA Permanent Residence Application?

We are a niche immigration law firm that specialises in this area of law. Our team of specialist immigration lawyers can assist you with the entire process. From advising you on the appropriate documents to gather in support of your application to liaising with the Home Office until a final decision is made, we will retain our focus on your case to ensure no detail is overlooked.

Contact us if you would like a telephone consultation.

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