You may be able to get a permit to come to the UK if you are the family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, or a ‘person of Northern Ireland’. The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The family of some British citizens can also get a permit. You must be outside the UK to apply. There are 2 different family permits:
- the EU Settlement Scheme family permit
- the EEA family permit
A family permit makes it easier to travel with your family member to the UK or to join them there. It lets you come to the UK for up to 6 months. You can work and study, and come and go as many times as you want. Without one, you might not get a boarding pass or may be refused entry into the UK. You can stay longer in the UK if you are eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme. You can either:
- apply for a family permit before you come to the UK, and then apply to the EU Settlement Scheme once you are here
- apply to the EU Settlement Scheme from outside the UK
EU Settlement Scheme family permit
You can apply for the EU Settlement Scheme family permit if you are the close family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who was living in the UK by 31 December 2020.
You can also apply:
- if you have lived in the EU, EEA or Switzerland with an eligible family member who is a British citizen
- if you have the right to stay in the UK as the family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who has died, left the UK, is no longer your spouse or civil partner or with whom the family relationship has broken down - this is called ‘retained right of residence’. 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 the EEA family permit if you are the close family member or unmarried partner of a person from the EU, EEA or Switzerland. Your family relationship must have started by 31 December 2020.
You may also be eligible for the EEA family permit:
- ‘Derivative right of residence’ - you might have this if you are the primary carer of a British, EU, EEA or Swiss dependant, the primary carer’s child, or the child of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who previously worked in the UK.
- If you can make a ‘Surinder Singh’ application after living in an EEA country with a British family member.
- with a ‘retained right of residence’ - you might have this if you have the right to stay in the UK as the family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who has died, left the UK or is no longer your spouse or civil partner. Both family permits are free to apply.
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