EEA Residence Card

Maximise your chances of obtaining an EEA Residence Card with our Application Package

If you are an EEA citizen and you have been living in the UK for less than five years, you can apply for EEA Permanent Residence. If you are hoping to apply for permanent residency, you should first apply for an EEA Residence Card. These cards last for five years, after which time you can apply for the EEA PR Card.

If you have recently arrived in the UK and hope to settle down, it makes sense to secure your position by holding a document which states when you arrived. Likewise, if you are worried about the outcome of the Brexit negotiations and want a document that states you are a resident of the UK, the EEA Residence Card is ideal. The card lasts for five years, after which time it is expected that applicants will apply for EEA Permanent Residence Card.

We can help you by answering any questions you have about what an EEA Residence Card is, if you need one, or if Brexit will affect your need for one. One of our highly-qualified lawyers can assess your personal situation and advise you with the most recent changes to EEA law. He/she will also assist you with each part of your application process, consider how your nationality, status and family circumstance will affect your application. Each of our immigration lawyers has an extensive and up-to-date knowledge of immigration and EU law and will use this when guiding you. Get in touch to receive personal advice about your application for an EEA Permanent Residence Card now.

FAQs

Who should apply for the EEA Residence Card?

If you have recently arrived in the UK and hope to settle down, it makes sense to secure your position by holding a document which states when you arrived.

Likewise, if you are worried about the outcome of the Brexit negotiations and want a document that states you are a resident of the UK, the EEA Residence Card is ideal.

The card lasts for five years, after which time it is expected that applicants will apply for EEA Permanent Residence.

Is the EEA Residence Card a visa?

No, the EEA Residence Card refers to EEA immigration law. A visa, on the other hand, is for people who are subject to UK immigration law, such as those from outside the EEA.

You may apply for the card from inside the UK, but you do not need it in order to be able to visit, live or work in the UK. If you are from outside the EEA and do not meet the requirements of the EEA PR, you may need to apply for another UK visa.

How will Brexit impact the EEA Residence Card?

There is currently no change to the law for EEA residents hoping to live and work in the UK. Until the rights of  EU residents living in the UK have been guaranteed, some people are choosing to apply for the EEA Residence Card or the EEA Permanent Residence Card.

The Home Office has not stated that this is necessary, but they have stepped up their efforts to streamline the process through the online system and the European Passport Return Service. There has been increased demand for the EEA PR and Residence Cards, which suggests some people are applying for these early, in anticipation of them becoming mandatory.

At this stage, it is not mandatory to apply for a Residence Card, but we can help you in your application if you choose to do so.

How can IAS help?

Applications such as this one can seem very daunting and time-consuming; those considering applying for EEA Residence Cards or EEA PR Cards are often unsure of whether they are mandatory, whether they qualify or what they can be used for.

At IAS we can answer any questions you have, simplifying the EEA Residence Card application process for you, should you decide to apply.

One of our experienced immigration lawyers will:

  • Meet with/contact you within a day of first-contact
  • Walk you through your next steps and requirements
  • Assess your eligibility for EEA Permanent Residence
  • Perform a full document check to ensure that you have sufficient evidence for your application
  • Consult with you in person, via phone or Skype at a suitable time
  • Prepare a Letter of Representation which states your case details and its merits in support of your application. This letter also references relevant UK immigration laws, regulations and cases to support your application
  • Liaise with the Home Office for the duration of your application
  • Complete your application form in full to the highest standard.

Contact us to discuss your application for an EEA Residence Card with one of our immigration lawyers.

Our Residence Card Packages

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Fast Track Package

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Appeal Package

Ensure you have the greatest chance of a successful appeal. We will represent you in any hearings/tribunals

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Marta: EEA PR

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Remy: Working in the UK

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