If you have been in the UK for 5 years then you may be entitled to a Permanent Residence card. While it is by no means a legal requirement, there are certain situations in which having a Permanent Residence card may very well be useful to you. In this article, we look at the Permanent Residence card in more detail and see if it is worth applying for one.
In what instance is a Permanent Residence card useful?
For those who are non-EEA citizens but have an EEA citizen in your extended family, the Permanent Residence card may serve some use as a way to bring your non-EEA partner to the UK under the immigration rules. Or also using the Surinder Singh route to enter the UK.
Please bear in mind the future changes to this route and keep yourself up to date as it is likely to change significantly over the coming months and years.
What difference will Brexit make?
Currently, the UK plans to remove the Permanent Residence card or at least nullify its use after the UK leaves the European Union. So far they have only announced that there will be a system in place to replace it but are yet to confirm what that system will look like in practical terms.
With negotiations ongoing between the UK and the EU, migration is still a big topic that has yet to be sorted and this explains why the UK is yet to announce its plans on the future of EEA & non-EEA migrants in the UK.
What are the eligibility criteria for a Permanent Residence card?
You will be eligible for a Permanent Residence card if you;
- Have lived with your EEA family member in the UK for a continuous 5 year period
- Have an EEA family member who has been a ‘qualified person’ throughout the 5 years or has a permanent right of residence
There are also other options for those who have lived in the UK themselves for 5 years under certain specific situations. If you are not sure that you are eligible then please get in touch and we can advise you on your criteria.
How do I apply for a Permanent Residence card?
You can apply either online or by post. The fee is £65 and is payable at the application stage. On top of the application fee you will also need to provide Biometric information at a cost of £19.20 this can be done at many Post Office branches.
As well as the fee’s you will also need to ensure that you attach all supporting documentation as laid out in the application pack.
Where can I go for more help?
If you need more information on the Permanent Residence card scheme or indeed any other immigration query then please get in touch. Our immigration specialists can help to curate applications, source documentary evidence and even represent you at an appeal. So for more information please call today and we can help you.