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

Attention to a family member of an EEA national! The deadline for EEA family permit application and Pre-Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme is 30 June 2021.

Two types of permits

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

The EEA Family Permit

This type of permit is ending. After 30 June 2021, the close family members and unmarried partners can not join their EU, EEA or Swiss citizens. In short, 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. However, their sponsor is a qualified person or has a right to permanent residence in the UK.

Besides, 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, working, looking for work, studying. In short, they must be self-sufficient while living here or having a right to permanent residence in 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. Those, in turn, should have lived in the UK with pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme after 31 December 2020.

The EUSS family permit

The applicant may be a close family member of an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen and is not living in the UK by 31 December 2020. Then, they can join their EU/EEA family member in the UK after 31 December 2020 if their relationship existed before 31 December 2020. This relationship should still exist at the time of application unless they are 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 also 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 an 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, they must do it if they wish to stay in the UK with their sponsor.

The close family member may enter the UK as a visitor after 31 December 2020. In this case, they may not 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 application. For example, under Appendix FM or EU Settlement Scheme.

The immigration lawyers at Lawpark are experts in dealing with applications 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 regarding immigration regulations and the specific procedures required by the Home Office and the UKBA 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 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 regarding 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.