EEA family permit: Surinder Singh Application


The EEA family permit is ending on 30 June 2021. They will not be valid after then, and you will not be able to apply. You may be able to apply for an EU Settlement Scheme family permit to come to the UK after 30 June 2021. You can apply for an EEA family permit if you have lived in an EU or EEA country or Switzerland with an eligible family member who’s a British citizen. This is also known as a ‘Surinder Singh’ application. You must have lived with them in that country before 1 January 2021, and be:

  • their spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner (‘durable partner’)
  • under 21 years old, and are their child or grandchild
  • 21 years or older, and are their dependent child or grandchild
  • their dependent parent or grandparent

This includes family members who were adopted under an adoption order that is recognised in UK law.

The country that you lived in together must have been your main residence. Your British family member must also have been working, studying or self-sufficient in the country while there. To be eligible for an EEA family permit you must prove that:

  • your British family member was resident in an EU or EEA country or Switzerland and was either a worker, a self-employed person, a self-sufficient person, a student, or a person with a right of permanent residence in that country
  • you were lawfully resident in that EEA country or Switzerland with your British family member
  • your family member returned to the UK by 31 December 2020

You must provide:

  • your valid passport (or ID card if you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen)
  • your British family member’s valid passport
  • evidence of your relationship to your British family member, such as a marriage certificate, civil partnership certificate or birth certificate

You must also provide proof that your British family member was working, self-employed, self-sufficient or studying in the EEA country where you’ve lived together.

Examples of proof include employer’s letters, wage slips, contracts, bank statements, proof of tax registration, or proof of enrolment and attendance for study. Check with us, the other evidence you usually need for an EEA family permit.

You must apply online for an EEA family permit. You must be outside the UK to apply.

How We Can Help

We pride ourselves on being approachable and proactive in understanding and meeting our clients’ needs. We are a highly driven team, dedicated to providing clear and reliable immigration advice to human rights applicants as part of a professional and friendly service. We take your instructions, understand your requirements, collect all the necessary evidence, complete your application and submit it to the Home Office (UKVI) for consideration. Please contact us by phone on 01202 925737 or email or complete our contact form.