EEA Permanent Residence Cards
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:
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.
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.