EEA Family Permit - a form of entry clearance visa to the UK

In the case of a successful application, an applicant can have an EEA family permit. It is a form of ‘entry clearance visa’ to the UK for six months. Nationals of countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) can join their EEA or Swiss family members who lived in the UK with pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme after 31 December 2020.

The deadline for applying for Pre-Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme is 30 June 2021.

Two types of family permits

At present both permits are running concurrently: the EEA Family permit and the EUSS family permit.

The EEA Family Permit

The EEA family permit is ending. After 30 June 2021, the close family members and unmarried partners will not be able to apply to join their EU, EEA or Swiss citizens and no new applications will be accepted.

The unmarried partner of an EU or EEA citizen has to show that they have been in a genuine and durable relationship. For example, they lived under the same roof for two years or more, or have a child.

They can still apply for the EEA family permit if their sponsor is a qualified person or has a right of permanent residence in the UK.

Your family relationship must have started by 31 December 2020.

The family member they are joining must have been living in the UK by 31 December 2020, have been working, looking for work, studying or self-sufficient while living here, or have a right of permanent residence in the UK.

The EUSS family permit

If the applicant is the close family member of an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen and is not living in the UK by 31 December 2020, he/she will be able to join his/her EU/EEA family member in the UK after 31 December 2020 if their relationship existed prior to 31 December 2020 and still exists at the time of application (unless they are a child born or adopted after that date). For example, they can demonstrate that they solemnised their marriage before 31 December 2020.

Close family members

The applicants must be the relevant EU, EEA or Swiss national’s:

  • spouse or civil partner
  • unmarried partner in a lasting relationship
  • child or grandchild aged under 21
  • dependent child or grandchild of any age
  • dependent parent or grandparent.

This includes family members who were adopted under an adoption order that’s recognised in UK law.

An unmarried partner will not be eligible to apply for a EUSS family permit. They must apply for EEA Family permit instead. 

All close family members will have to apply for Pre-Settled or Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme, upon arrival in the UK, if they wish to stay in the UK with their sponsor.

However, if the close family member enters the UK as a visitor after 31 December 2020, they will not be able to apply for Pre-Settled or Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme. They will have to leave the UK and apply under the UK immigration routes available at the time of application. For example, under Appendix FM or EU Settlement Scheme.

The immigration lawyers at LawPark are experts in dealing with an application for a family permit as a family member or an extended family member of an EEA national. You may need legal help from immigration lawyers in London to prepare and submit your application for a family permit a family member/extended family member of an EEA national. So, we are here to provide you with a friendly, reliable, fast, and professional immigration service.


Our team of professionals can work with you and your EEA Family Permit application. So, you can expect to enjoy the following services:

  • Our immigration specialists will provide you with detailed instructions in regards to immigration regulations as well as the specific procedures required by the Home Office and the UKBA that are relevant to your case.
  • One of our lawyers will answer any questions about your case while identifying its benefits and drawbacks.
  • Our immigration lawyers will explain all the documentation which you need to submit alongside your EEA Family Permit application.
  • We will examine these documents and discuss how they are relevant to your case.
  • Our team of immigration lawyers will complete the application forms and answer any questions that you may have.
  • If needed, our immigration lawyers will prepare a sponsorship declaration and explain the process in detail.
  • Our lawyers will draft a cover letter that will support and submit your application.
  • A member of our team will communicate with the UKBA and the Home Office to ensure a quick decision in regards to your EEA Family Permit.
  • We will protect your interests when working with our immigration lawyers during the entire process. We will keep you informed while the application is pending with the Home Office.