EEA Permanent Residence
If you are a family member of an EEA national and you have lived in the UK continuously for five years then you may be eligible to apply for an EEA Permanent Residence Card. EEA Permanent Residence Cards confirm a right of permanent residence in the UK.
Requirements for an EEA Permanent Residence Card: the permanent right of residence in the UK In order to qualify for an EEA Permanent Residence Card you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:
- You have lived in the UK continuously for five years with your EEA family member; and
- You have not been absent from the UK for more than six months in any one year; and
- Your EEA family member has been exercising Treaty rights as a worker, self-employed person, student or self-sufficient person throughout the five-year period.
Retained rights of residence
You may also apply for an EEA Permanent Residence Card on the basis of having a ‘retained right of residence’. It is possible for a non-EEA national to retain a right of permanent residence where:
- You have lived in the UK continuously for five years in accordance with the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006; and
- You were, at the end of that five-year period, a family member who has retained a right of residence.
Period of Validity
An EEA Permanent Residence Card will take the form of either an endorsement in your passport or in a free-standing document. Your Permanent Residence Card will be valid for a period of ten years, after which it will need to be renewed (unless you have been granted British Citizenship by naturalisation in the interim).
Please note that it is possible to lose a right of permanent residence by spending a continuous period of two consecutive years outside the UK.