What is an EEA family permit?
The Free Movement of Persons Directive (2004/38/EC) allows member states, such as the UK, to require family members of European Economic Area (EEA) nationals who are not EEA nationals to hold an entry visa. For admission to the UK, this entry visa is the EEA family permit.
An EEA family permit is valid for 6 months. The non EEA national family member can leave and enter the UK multiple times within that time period. Under regulation 7(3) or the 2016 regulations, extended family members must apply for a residence card if they want to stay in the UK after their EEA family permit expires
Who can apply?
The following people can apply for an EEA family permit under the 2016 Regulations:
- direct family members, which includes: spouses and civil partners direct descendants of the EEA national or their spouse or civil partner who are under 21 years of age and dependants of the EEA national or their spouse or civil partner
- dependent direct relatives in the ascending line (e.g. parent, grandparent) of the EEA national or their spouse or civil partner
- direct family members of British citizens claiming a right of admission to the UK under regulation 9 (so-called ‘Surinder Singh’ CJEU judgement cases)
- extended family members, which includes: relatives who are not direct family members o unmarried partners in a durable relationship
- persons who are entitled to a derivative right of residence under regulation 16
Family members of British Citizens and EEA Family Permit (Surinder Singh)
The conditions for family members of British citizens to be treated as though they are family members of EEA nationals changed with effect from 25 November 2016 and are set out in regulation 9 of the 2016 regulations. The conditions are that: (a) the British citizen:
(i) is residing in an EEA state other than the UK as a worker, self-employed person, self-sufficient person or student, or so resided immediately before returning to the UK; or
(ii) has acquired the right of permanent residence in an EEA state other than the UK;
(b) the family member and the British citizen resided together in the EEA state; and
(c) the family member and the British citizen’s residence in the EEA state was genuine.
Why Use Clay and Porter Solicitors for Your EEA Family Permit Application?
We are experts in dealing with an application for EEA Permit. The quality of our service is self-evident from the reviews of our clients about the service we provide. Please contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in the UK in relation to your Family Permit Application and our immigration solicitors will provide you with friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.
We pride ourselves on our approach to our clients, from initial contact to our focused and professional advice on whatever our individual client’s requirements are.
We also offer a more personal service and give our clients the TIME and COMMITMENT to tailor a service specific to their needs. As a small practice, we are client focused rather than profit driven
If instructed to represent you regarding your EEA Family Permit Application we will do the following immigration casework for you:
- Our immigration solicitors will take Detailed Instructions from you and advise you about the relevant immigration laws and procedures to be adopted by the Home Office, UKBA in your immigration case;
- Our immigration solicitors will discuss your immigration case in detail with you and advise you about the weaknesses and strengths of your immigration case;
- Our immigration solicitors will advise you about the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your EEA Family Permit application;
- Our immigration solicitors will consider contents of the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of the application and discuss the same with you;
- Our immigration solicitors will complete the relevant immigration form and discuss the same with you;
- Our immigration solicitors will prepare a covering letter to introduce and support the application for Long Residence
- Our immigration solicitors will liaise with the Home Office, UKBA for an expeditious decision on the application;
- Our immigration solicitors will protect your interests while your application is pending with the Home Office, UKBA and keep you informed of the progress on your EEA Family Permit application;
- Our immigration solicitors will do all the follow-up work including responding to any queries raised by the Home Office, UKBA until a decision is reached on your application;
- Our immigration solicitors will advise you about the implications of the Home Office decision on your application.
Our Fee for EEA Family Permit Application
- Our fee is £1000 for our professional immigration services in relation to your EEA Family Permit Application. Once agreed, the fee will not change!
- If you cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of instructing us in relation to your matter, you can pay half of the fee at the time of instructing us and rest of the fee can be paid by monthly instalments.
- The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the Home Office on the application. However, it is pertinent to note that the agreed fee will not cover any disbursements to be incurred by the company on your behalf e.g. Home Office fee and translation of documents to English