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European Union Nationals

Nationals of European Union Member States

EEA National have a right to come and live or work or study in the UK without any restrictions.

They can reside here for up to three months, or longer if they are a ‘qualified person’. The category of qualified people includes jobseekers, workers, self-employed and self-sufficient people and students.

Family members, whether European nationals themselves or not, can come with or join an EEA National, subject to certain restrictions. There are two groups of family members: immediate and wider family. Different rules apply to each group.

Family members of a qualified person may also retain their rights to residence in the UK in a wide range of circumstances, even where the qualified person dies or a marriage or partnership breaks down.

EEA nationals and their family members are entitled to a document certifying their immigration status in the UK. After five years residence in the UK in accordance with the EEA Regulations, EEA nationals and their family members can apply for permanent residence and then later, British citizenship.

If you require any EU Law advice including, EEA Family Permit, EEA Residence Card, EEA Retained Right of Residence or Permanent Residence please Contact us.


Important note: Following a referendum on 23 June 2016, 51.9% of British voters voted in favour of leaving the European Union.

The mechanism for leaving the EU, set out in Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union (the Lisbon Treaty), requires the UK to formally give notice of its intention to leave, triggering a two year period after which its membership of the EU will cease.

The UK government has pledged to engage Article 50 by March 2017. The UK remains a member of the EU throughout this process, however, and the rights of EEA nationals will remain guaranteed until the UK formally leaves the EU.

It is expected that transitional arrangements will be made regarding the status of EEA citizens for when the UK does leave the EU. The nature and scope of such arrangements remain unknown to date.

If you have any queries or concerns about this process, please contact a member of our team.



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