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UK Permanent Residence Application

Permanent Residence (PR) is a type of residency status you can seek in the UK if you are an EU citizen living in the UK. You must meet certain other requirements to be eligible before you can file a Permanent Residence Application.

This particular type of residency is available to EU citizens under the European law. A PR is similar to the Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) which is granted to non-EEA citizens who must adhere to the UK immigration law. The requirements for PR and ILR are similar and so are the residency rights available once you are granted either status.

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If you are looking to apply for EEA PR, you can consult the Permanent Residence application lawyers London at the London-based Adam Bernard’s can help. Our British residence solicitors London offer tailored advice and guidance that is relevant for each specific residency application.

UPDATE: In the wake of Brexit, the EEA PR application is no longer available to EEA nationals. Instead, you must now apply for Pre-Settled or Settled status if you wish to move to UK after Brexit. Such an application can be filed under the EU Settlement Scheme or EUSS.

The deadline for EUSS applications was June 30, 2021. EU citizens in UK can apply for a residency status in the UK under EUSS if they had been living in the UK before December 31, 2020. It is also possible for the non-EEA family members of EU citizens to apply under the scheme.

You can still apply after the deadline if you qualify as an exception. Our European nationals solicitors can advise you on whether or not you qualify.

Submitting an Online Permanent Residence Application

You have two ways to submit an application for EEA PR. You can apply online or submit a paper-based application. The paper-based application comprises of an 85-page form and it can be quite daunting to fill it out. In contrast, the online application is more intuitive and you can easily fill it out by providing the relevant details.

You must provide the required information along every step of the online application before you can go to the next step. So it is important to have all relevant information and documents at hand before you start filling the form. Our European nationals solicitors can help you bring it all together.

Another advantage of an online application is that you get back your passport in a matter of days. To do this, you must book an appointment to have your passport checked by the local authorities in the UK. This must occur within 5 days of submitting the Permanent Residence application.

Once the authorities check your passport for relevant details, it is returned to you through the European Passport Return Service.

It is important to note that not all applicants have the option of submitting an online application. You must apply through the paper-based form if:

  • You are applying through the Surinder Singh route
  • You qualify as a self-sufficient person or a student who must rely on other family members for financial means
  • You are submitting your application on the basis of retained rights
  • You qualify as a self-sufficient person or a student who is responsible for the financial support of other family members
  • You are the family member of an EEA national who is eligible for permanent residence and your application is not submitted at the same them as your sponsor

You can consult our Permanent Residence application lawyers London to see whether or not you can apply online. Our British Residence solicitors London can also help you if you must submit a paper-based application.

Eligibility Requirements for Permanent Residence Application

You are eligible to apply for a Permanent Residence if you meet the following requirements:

  • You are an EEA national
  • You have been living in the UK for at least 5 years
  • You have been exercising your Treaty rights
  • You have not been away from the UK for more than 6 months

If you are applying as the non-EEA family member of an EEA citizen, the following requirements apply:

  • You have been living in the UK with an EEA family member for 5 years.
  • Your EEA family member had permanent residency rights or legal immigration status throughout these five years.
  • You have lived with an EEA national in an EEA country for five years before coming to the UK. This is possible through the ‘Surinder Singh Route.’

You can consult our European nationals solicitors to know the precise set of requirements you must fulfil. Our British residence solicitors London can also advise you how best to satisfy these requirements.

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