European Family Permit


European Family Permit

Apply for an EU Settlement Scheme or EEA Family Permit

Use this form from outside the UK if you are a non-European Economic Area (EEA) national, to apply for permission to travel with or join a family member who is:

  • an EEA national
  • a Swiss national
  • a relevant naturalised British citizen

You can also use this form to request a travel permit to enter the UK if you have lost, damaged or had stolen your biometric residence card (BRC).

The eligibility requirements are different depending on your circumstances.

Find out if you are eligible to apply for an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit

To apply for an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit, you must be the close family member of either:

  • an EEA Citizen or Swiss national with a UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • an Irish Citizen who would qualify for a status under the EU Settlement Scheme were they to apply for it
  • a relevant naturalised British citizen who would qualify for a status under the EU Settlement Scheme were they able to apply for it

What is a close family member?

A close family member must be:

  • your spouse or civil partner
  • your (or your spouse or civil partner’s) child or grandchild under 21 years old
  • your (or your spouse or civil partner’s) dependant child or grandchild of any age
  • your (or your spouse or civil partner’s) dependant parent or grandparent

What is a relevant naturalised British citizen?

A relevant naturalised British citizen is a dual British and EEA citizen who exercised free movement rights in the UK prior to the acquisition of British citizenship. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘Lounes’ case, after a Court of Justice of the European Union judgment. A ‘relevant naturalised British citizen’ is defined in Annex 1 of Appendix EU (Family Permit) of the immigration rules. It is someone that is an EEA national that has become a British citizen, and can satisfy an entry clearance officer that they would qualify for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme if they were able to apply for it.

For more information, read the EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit guidance.

The permit is valid for 6 months from the date of decision. You can leave and enter the UK as many times as you want within that time.

There is no cost for this permit.

Find out if you are eligible to apply for an EEA Family Permit

Apply for the EEA Family Permit if you’re a close or extended family member of an EEA or Swiss national. Your family member does not have to hold a UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme. For more information, read the EEA Family Permit guidance.

This permit would allow you to remain in the UK for 6 months from the grant date. You can leave and enter the UK as many times as you want within that time.

There is no cost for this permit.

Find out if you are eligible to apply for an EEA Family Permit on the basis of derivative rights of residence

You can also use this form to apply to travel with or join an EEA national on the basis of derivative rights of residence as a case of either:

Ibrahim-Teixeira

You can apply if you are:

  • the primary carer of the child of an EEA national where that child is in education in the UK
  • the dependant of the primary carer of such a child

Read the guidance on claiming a derivative right of residence as a case of Ibrahim-Teixeira.

Ruiz Zambrano

You can apply if you are:

  • the primary carer of a British citizen residing in the UK
  • the dependant of such a primary carer

Read the guidance on claiming a derivative right of residence as a case of Ruiz Zambrano.

Chen

You can apply if you are:

  • the primary carer of an EEA national child who is exercising free movement rights in the UK
  • the dependant of such a primary carer

Read the guidance on claiming a derivative right of residence as a case of Chen.

As a primary carer, you have responsibility for the day-to-day care of a person, including making decisions about their education, health, and finances. You must be a family member or their legal guardian, and can be their main carer or share that responsibility with someone else.

Find out if you are eligible to apply for an EEA Family Permit under the 'Surinder Singh' route

You can also use this form to apply if you have lived in another EEA country with an eligible family member who is a British citizen. This is known as making a 'Surinder Singh' application under an EEA Family Permit. Read the guidance on making a 'Surinder Singh' application.

Loss, damage or theft of biometric residence card (BRC)

You should also use this form if you have lost or had stolen your permission to be in the UK as the family member of an EEA national, or if it is damaged and you cannot use it to travel. You should first report the loss or theft using a different service.

Retained rights of residence

You cannot apply on this form if you have retained rights of residence. You must apply here.

Read the guidance about retained rights of residence

Before you apply

Read the guidance to find out about eligibility, required evidence and fees.

How to apply

To apply for a Family Permit, you need to:

  • fill in the application form
  • have your documents ready
  • provide your biometric information (fingerprints and facial photograph)

How long it takes you to complete the application will depend on your particular circumstances. You will be able to save your application and come back to it at another time if you need to.

If you are inactive for 25 minutes you will be automatically logged out.

How we use your data

The Home Office will use the personal information you provide to consider your application. We may also share your information with other public and private sector organisations in the UK and overseas. For more detail please see the Privacy Notice for the Border, Immigration and Citizenship system. This also sets out your rights under the Data Protection Act 2018 and explains how you can access your personal information and complain if you have concerns about how we are using it.