European Passport Return Service: Who Is Eligible?

08 May 2018, 23 mins ago

The European Passport Return Service (EPRS) is a service provided by many local authorities across the UK. The EPRS allows European Economic Area (EEA) nationals (including Swiss nationals) and their family members to retain their passports whilst their applications are being considered. Using this service does not, however, mean that the consideration of your application will be expedited. It should be noted that there is an additional fee for using the EPRS, which may differ depending on the local authority.

If you are making an application for a document certifying Permanent Residence or a Registration Certificate using the online application form, you may be entitled to use the EPRS. Any family members included in your online application can also benefit from use of this service, regardless of their nationality.

You must attend an appointment at a participating local authority within 10 working days of the submission of your application. During this appointment the local authority will verify and produce certified copies of your passports to be sent to the Home Office, together with your supporting documents.

In order to use the EPRS, an application must be made online. The following categories of persons are unable to make an application using the online service and therefore are not eligible for the EPRS:

  • A student or self-sufficient person who is either reliant on a family member for financial support or financially responsible for any other family members; or
  • A non-EEA national family member applying separately from their EEA sponsor.

Brexit is currently scheduled for 29 March 2019. EEA nationals and their family members currently living in the UK may wish to make an application for a document confirming their residence status prior to the UK’s departure from the European Union.

Gherson has extensive experience with EEA applications. Should you wish to discuss the options available to you then please do not hesitate to contact us.


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