EEA Derivative Residence Card

EEA Derivative Residence Card

If you are the primary carer of a child who has the right to reside in the UK then you may be eligible for an EEA Derivative Residence Card.  You can also qualify for an EEA Derivative Residence Card as the child of an EEA national worker or as the child of a primary carer.
Requirements for an EEA Derivative Residence Card as a Primary CarerIn order to qualify for an EEA Derivative Residence Card as a primary carer, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:

  • You are the primary carer of an EEA national who is under the age of 18, who is living in the UK as a self-sufficient person and would be unable to remain in the UK if you are required to leave the UK; or
  • You are the primary carer of a British citizen who is residing in the UK and who would be unable to live in the UK or another EEA country if you were required to leave the UK; or
  • You are the primary carer of a child of an EEA national worker or former worker who is in education in the UK and who would be unable to continue their education if you were required to leave;

You will be considered a primary carer if you are the person’s direct relative (e.g. mother or father) and you either (a) have primary responsibility for that person’s care; or (b) you share equal responsibility for that person’s care with one other person who is not entitled to reside in the UK under the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2006 and does not have leave to enter or remain in the UK.

Requirements for an EEA Derivative Residence Card as a Child

In order to qualify for an EEA Derivative Residence Card as a child, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that either:

  • You are the child of an EEA national who is, or was, working in the UK. This requires that you were living in the UK when your EEA national parent was working in the UK, that you were in education when your EEA national parent was in the UK and you remain in education; or
  • You are the child of a non-EEA national parent who has a Derivative Residence Card and you are under the age of 18;

Period of Validity and Limitations

A Derivative Residence Card will prove that you have the right to reside in the UK and will be valid for 5 years unless your child is due to reach the age of 18 in three years, in which case it will be valid for a period of 3 years.

However, because a derivative right of residence does not arise from the Free Movement Directive (2004/38/EC), the issue of a Derivative Residence Card has the following limitations:

  • There is no right to permanent residence under the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006; and
  • You will be unable to have other non-EEA national family members join you in the UK under the 2006 Regulations.

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