make a visa application to enter or stay in the country, as your passport or national identity card is enough to serve as a proof. EEA nationals can easily apply for a registration certificate without meeting any strict requirements. However, it is not mandatory to acquire this certificate in order to live legally in the UK, unless you have a non-EEA national family member who wants to apply for a family permit, or your employer requires it as a proof of your eligibility to work.
The Rights of EEA Nationals
EEA nationals and their family have the right to live in the United Kingdom as long as it can be established that they are eligible to do so. An eligible individual under European Law can be one of the following:
- A job seeker
- A self-employed person
- A worker
- A self sufficient person having comprehensive sickness insurance
- A student having comprehensive sickness insurance
If you fall under any one of the above categories, you can accompany family members with you to the UK as well. A family member may include a civil partner, spouse, children, or grandchildren under the age of 20 years. If the children or grandchildren are above 21 years, they have to be dependent on you. It also includes parents, parents-in-law, or any other dependant relatives who are in a durable relationship with you. All your family members will enjoy the same rights and benefits when they come to the UK.
EEA/EU Member States
- The UK
- The Republic of Ireland
- The Netherlands
- The Czech Republic
Although Norway, Liechtenstein, and Iceland are not EU members, the citizens enjoy the same rights and freedom as EEA nationals.
How Milestone Solicitors can help you
At Milestone Solicitors, our immigration lawyers work closely with EEA nationals to provide effective solutions to meet their individual needs. We help our clients obtain:
- Family Permit: For a non-EEA national who wants to come to the UK and live with their EEA national partner, they will have to apply for a family permit to enter the country from an overseas British post.
- Permanent Residence: It is a document that grants a non-EEA national indefinite leave to remain if they have been living with their EEA national partner for at least five years.
- Residence Card: For a non-EEA national living with an EEA national, they will have to apply for the residence card to demonstrate that they have the right to work and live in the UK.
Discuss your Immigration Needs with our Solicitors Today
If you like to get more information about our immigration services for EEA nationals, contact Milestone Solicitors today to schedule an initial consultation.