European Applications

EEA nationals and their family members continue to enjoy the right of admission into the UK without the need to make an application for leave to enter or remain.

Brexit, EEA Applications

EEA nationals and their family members continue to enjoy the right of admission into the UK without the need to make an application for leave to enter or remain. 

EEA Nationals and Swiss National are afforded an automatic right to enter and reside in the UK for an initial period of three months. However, to continue residing in the UK beyond this period, they are required to show that they are a ‘qualified person (exercising their treaty rights in the UK). A person qualifies under their category if they are:

  • Job seeker;
  • worker;
  • self-employed person;
  • self-sufficient person; or
  • student

Family members and Extended family members

Family members of EEA nationals include:

  • spouse or civil partner
  • Dependent children or grandchildren under 21 or those of their spouse or civil partner.
  • their (or their spouse or civil partner’s) dependent parent or grandparent

The above individuals can obtain a family permit to join their sponsor in the UK provided that he or she is in the UK as a ‘qualified person.’

Extended family members including unmarried partners of an EEA national and other relatives not falling in the above category can also apply to join or remain with their sponsors in the UK. 

Effects of Brexit

As of 31 January 2020, the UK is no longer a member of the EU. We are currently in a transition period which will end on 31 December 2020.

In light of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, if you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizens living in the UK and their family members will be required to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if they wish to continue living in the UK. The status obtained will depend on the length of an individual’s residence in the UK.

With the new changes, EEA decisions are to be treated as immigration decisions and where an application is refused, it does not attract a right of appeal. Please refer to our ‘Appeals’ page for further details.

We understand that Brexit has caused uncertainty for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens, and we are here to help.

For EU, EEA or Swiss citizen looking to relocate to the UK, our specialists are able to advise on the best options available to you.

It is important to consider that in many cases extensive evidence is required, and proving your rights is not straightforward. Our solicitors discuss the requirements with you thoroughly to help you submit your application with confidence.

Benefits of choosing Farani Taylor Solicitors

You have access to a specialist solicitors who provides you with a consultation. They assess your matter, and provide you with sound advice to avoid any wasted costs

We also offer fixed fees which help you stay in control of your finances.

Key Contacts

If you are looking for help and guidance or have a question relating to European Applications, please contact us today on +44 (0)20 7242 1666.