What is a Permanent Residence Card?
A document certifying Permanent Residence is a card which confirms the holder’s Permanent Residence in the UK. The card can be issued to both EEA nationals and their family members. In order to be eligible, the relevant EEA national must have exercised Treaty Rights for a continuous 5 year period in the UK.
Who is eligible to apply?
An EEA national can obtain a document certifying their Permanent Residence. This normally takes the form of a blue card with a vignette attached to it. The EEA national can apply for a Residence card confirming Permanent Residence in biometric format.
How to apply
Applications can be submitted either online (unless you are a student or self-sufficient) or by the way of a postal form. The current Home Office fee of £65 per applicant.
Should I apply?
Our advice to EEA nationals and their family members is that if they qualify and their application is straightforward, they should apply now for Permanent Residence. The Home Office have announced through their Technical Note that they will require all EEA nationals and their family members to register for a new form of status which will be known as settled status. The Home Office's intention is that those who already hold Permanent Residence will be able to switch this status for settled status free of charge.
For further information on updates, please see below:
- Technical note: citizens’ rights, administrative procedures in the UK
How we can help
Drummond Miller has helped hundreds of clients successfully apply for their Permanent Residence Cards. We have built up over 25 years of experience in providing Immigration advice and our success has been built on professional recognition from Chambers and Legal 500 and from word of mouth from satisfied clients.