For many EEA nationals living in the UK, the Brexit vote and the subsequent departure of the UK from the EU has caused considerable worry and uncertainty. A Permanent Residence Document used to provide EEA nationals living in the UK a way to prove their right to permanent residence. While it is still possible to apply for and receive a Permanent Residence Document, applicants need to know that they will not be valid after 31st December 2020, after which the UK ends the current transition period with the EU.
It was and is not mandatory to apply for a Permanent Residence Document, however, it can make it easier to prove your right of residence when arriving back in the UK. This scheme has now been largely superseded by the EU Settlement Scheme (also referred to as the EU Settled and Pre-settled Status schemes).
The EU Settled and Pre-settled Status schemes provide EU nationals (and their family members) who have been living in the UK, the opportunity to stay permanently, now the country has left the EU following the Brexit referendum.
As a London based immigration law firm, AQ Archers Solicitors regularly assists EEA and Swiss nationals living in the UK with their immigration matters. We will assess whether a Permanent Residence Document is the best option given your circumstances, and recommend another route if it is not.
If you engage our services, we will remove the worry from your shoulders, providing you with the confidence that your application, and that of your family members, has the best chance of success.
Am I eligible for a Permanent Residence Document?
You can apply for a Permanent Residence Document once you have been exercising your treaty rights in the UK for five years or more. This means you have been working, studying, self-employed, self-sufficient, or looking for work.
Close family members can also be included in an application for a Permanent Residence Document; this includes spouses, civil partners, children, grandchildren, parents, or grandparents.
In addition, extended family members can be included in an application for a Permanent Residence Document; this includes unmarried partners, brothers or sisters, aunts or uncles, first cousins, nephews or nieces who are dependent on you or were a member of your household before coming to the UK, and are still dependent on you or are still a member of your household.
How do I apply for a Permanent Residence Document?
You can make your application online. Your application will need to be made by 30th June 2021 if the UK leaves the EU with a deal, or 31st December 2020, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
The application fee is £65.
As part of the application process, you will need to make an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point where you will be asked to provide your ‘biometric information’ (a photo). UKVCAS can also scan your supporting documents.
Why should I engage AQ Archers to assist with my Permanent Residence Document application?
AQ Archers have considerable experience of helping EEA nationals exercising their treaty rights in the UK and their family members with their UK residence matters. We have an in-depth understanding of the policies and procedures followed by the UK Home Office, allowing us to quickly spot any possible areas of weakness in your application and advise on the steps necessary to resolve them.
Our team are highly professional and take great care in their client’s immigration matters. You can be assured that by using our services, we will lift the burden of securing immigration clearance from your shoulders, allowing you to focus on your life, your family, and your work.
AQ Archers, based in London, can assist you with all aspects of obtaining ILR based on long residence for you and your family. To speak to one of our consultants, please call 020 8521 2605.