Permanent residence for EEA nationals – UK Immigration Lawyers London

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Are you an EEA national that wants to apply for Permanent UK Residence? Permanent Residence is an immigration status granted  EEA nationals who are considered to be a ‘qualified person’ for at least 5 years

Need help with your Permanent Residence Application? Master Legal Services is an expert team of immigration lawyers London that provides comprehensive immigration packages for both businesses and individuals, based inside and outside the UK. It may also help to read our post about applying for British Citizenship for EU Citizens Child, as well as that about British Citizenship for EU Nationals. For further information, feel free to contact our office to speak to an expert on 020 8935 5205 or via Whatsapp on 07710987064.

Permanent residence for EEA nationals – 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 have the right to a Permanent Residence Card in the UK:

  • 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 –
  • the worker or self-employed person has died,
  • 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;
  • a person who:
  • has resided in the UK in accordance with the 2006 Regulations for a continuous period of five years and
  • was, at the end of that period, a family member who has retained the right to residence.

Permanent residence for EEA nationals – Can the right of permanent residence be lost once acquired?

The short answer to this is Yes,  but only if the EEA national is absent from the UK for a period exceeding two consecutive years.

The periods of absence from the UK that will not affect the right of Permanent Residence are the following:

  • 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 Your continuity of residence is not affected by:
  • 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.

Permanent residence for EEA nationals – What are the fees?

The current fee stands at £65.