Permanent right of residence in the UK
Nationals of the EEA have a hybrid status in the UK. They do not have the right of abode possessed by British citizens but, unlike other aliens, they do not require leave to enter or remain while exercising rights in the EU law.
An EEA national is entitled to reside in the UK for a period exceeding three months, given he/she is a qualified person.
Who is a qualified person?
A qualified person is an EEA national who is in the UK in any of the following categories:
- a job seeker;
- a worker;
- a self-employed person;
- a self-sufficient person;
- a student.
The following persons may acquire the right to reside in the UK permanently:
- an EEA national who has resided in the UK for a continuous period of five years;
- a family member of a EEA national (who is not himself an EEA national) who has resided in the UK with the EEA national in accordance with the 2006 Regulations for a continuous period of five years;
- a worker or self-employed person who has ceased activity;
- the family member of a worker or self-employed person who has ceased activity;
- a person who was the family member of a worker or self-employed person where-
(1) the worker or self-employed person has died,
(2) the family member resided with him immediately before his death and
- the worker or self-employed person had resided continuously in the UK for at least the two years immediately before his death, or the death was the result of an accident at work or an occupational disease;
6. a person who;
- has resided in the UK in accordance with the 2006 Regulations for a continuous period of five years
- was, at the end of that period, a family member who has retained the right to residence.
Yes, but only through absence from the UK for a period exceeding two consecutive years.
What about any periods of absence that won’t affect my right of permanent residence?
Your continuity of residence is not affected by:
- periods of absence from the UK which do not exceed six months in total in any year;
- periods of absence from the UK on military service; or
- any one absence from the UK not exceeding 12 months for an important reason, such as pregnancy and childbirth, serious illness, study or vocational training , or an overseas posting.
What are the fees?
The current fee stands at £65.
How can we help?
At Master Legal Services we have experience in dealing with EEA permanent residence application to ensure maximum chances of obtaining your permanent residence.
Contact us for more information:
T: 020 8935 5205