Permanent Residency is granted to people who have lived and worked in the UK for five or more years and is designed to recognise that the individual has established a new life in the UK with a view to that being their permanent home.
The process of obtaining permanent residency might seem quite simple but there are many hidden details in the complex UK Immigration law that could easily be used to refuse the application.
The best way to ensure a smooth and successful application is to have the advice and representation of a qualified and accredited specialist immigration solicitor.
Eligibility You’re eligible if both:
you’ve lived with your European Economic Area (EEA) family member in the UK for a continuous 5 year period;
your EEA family member has been a ‘qualified person’ throughout the 5 years or has a permanent right of residence.
You can also get permanent residence if you’ve lived in the UK for a continuous period of 5 years:
as the extended family member of an EEA national and you’ve held a valid EEA family permit or residence card throughout;
first as the family member of an EEA national and then with a retained right of residence;
as the family member of the relevant British citizen, if you entered the UK under the ‘Surinder Singh’ route.
You can get permanent residence before 5 years if either:
you were living with your EEA national family member, who was working or self-employed in the UK, immediately before their death;
your EEA national family member was working or self-employed in the UK but has ‘ceased activity’ (stopped work or self-employment because of retirement or permanent incapacity, or because they’re now working or self-employed in another EEA state but are still resident and return to the UK at least once a week).
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