EEA Family Permit Visa Guidance UK

EEA Family Permit Visa provides entry into the UK for non-EEA family members of EEA nationals currently or intend to reside in the UK.

In theory, for non-EU spouse and civil partner, an EEA Family Visa is not required as permission to enter the UK can be sought at the border. However, when travelling with family to the UK, we strongly advise travelling with a family permit as some airlines may refuse you permission to board fearing they are fined for carrying someone who requires permission to enter the UK.  In addition, you may be refused entry by immigration officials if you do not have an EEA Family Permit.  In cases like this, it is better to be safe than sorry.

An EEA Family Permit is valid for six months.  After this period, you will need to apply for a new permit if you are staying in the UK or apply for an EEA Family Residence Card to formalise your right to remain in the country.

At A Y & J Solicitors, our team has vast experience of assisting EEA nationals and their families securing their right to live and work in Britain.  We follow the developments on Brexit plan and analyse the impact it has on EEA citizens and their loved ones, we can provide expert advice on how to ensure their right to remain in the UK after Brexit is protected.

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What Are the Requirements of an EEA Family Permit?

To qualify for an EEA Family Permit, you must show that:

  • You are a family member or extended family member of an EEA national who is already in the country or will be travelling with you within six months of your application
  • If the EEA national is already in Britain and has been here for three months or more, they must be exercising their Treaty rights as an employee, self-employed person, student or self-sufficient person
  • You will remain in the same household with the EU national as their dependent

If you are making an application under the Surinder Singh route, or a retained right of residence or derivative right of residence, you need to meet further eligibility criteria.  Our experienced immigration lawyers can assist you throughout the entire application process.

A family member is defined as:

  • a spouse
  • civil partner
  • a partner who you have lived within a relationship akin to marriage for at least two years (this includes same-sex partners)
  • a dependent child or grandchild under 21 years, or;
  • a dependent parent or grandparent

An extended family member includes siblings, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins who are dependent on you for their day-to-day care.

How Do I Apply for an EEA Family Permit?

Applications for an EEA Family Permit Visa can be made online unless you are applying from North Korea.  There is NO fees charged by Government to process this application. Our team will guide you through every step.

Which Documents Will I Need to Include with My EEA Family Permit Application?

To make a successful application, you will need to provide the following (non-exhaustive) documents:

  • a valid passport
  • evidence of your relationship to your EEA family member, for example a marriage certificate, civil partnership certificate, birth certificate, or proof that you’ve lived together for two years if unmarried
  • your sponsor’s valid passport or national identity card (or a certified copy if you can’t provide the original)
  • proof of your dependency if you’re dependent on your EEA family member
  • proof that your EEA family member has permanent residency status or, if they have been in the country for more than three months, is exercising their Treaty rights

What Are the Advantages of Obtaining an EEA Family Permit?

By having an EEA Family Permit you can travel to the UK with the confidence of knowing you will less likely experiencing any problems at the border.  In addition, it can make EEA Residence Card application smooth as you would have completed most of the requirements already.

What Can I Do if My Application for an EEA Family Permit is Refused?

A refusal of an EEA Family Permit has a full right of appeal for both family members and extended family members.  If your application is refused, our lawyers will carefully examine the reasons and advise you on the best action to take to rectify the situation.  Options include resubmitting the application or appealing the decision or challenging it via Judicial Review (if no right or appeal).  You can read more about how we can assist with an EEA Family Permit or Residence Card refusal here.

Why Choose A Y & J Solicitors to Help You Obtain a UK EEA Family Permit?

The experts at A Y & J Solicitors are well trained in successfully acquiring EEA Family Permits, read reviews by our clients here.  Our lawyers understand exactly how to process applications to ensure they have the best chance of approval and will work with you to you understand the requirements.  By instructing us, you can be confident the process of receiving an EEA Family Permit is hassle-free.  We are dedicated to provide right immigration advice.


In certain circumstances, job seekers will be classed as exercising their treaty rights under EU law.  We can analyse the circumstances and let you know if your family member qualifies.

Family members who are nationals of a country outside the EEA may be able to retain their right of residence under the EU law in certain circumstances including whereby the relevant EEA national has died, left the UK, or divorced their third country national spouse/civil partner.  In addition, the EEA Regulations 2016 provide for ‘derivative rights of residence’ for the primary carer of an EEA child, children in education of EEA national migrant workers who have died, left the UK or ceased being a qualified person, and their primary carers, and the main carers of a UK citizen who could not remain in the UK, or any other EEA, state without their carer being able to remain with them. Contact us for more information and our legal team will try to help you in best possible way.

A Y & J Solicitors’ Review

I am extremely happy the way we were been on-boarded with the EEA Resident Permit application process & the promptness in responses throughout. Diana & Zareen were very professional & i would highly recommend for any such visa services. Thanks Team


AY&J solicitors were an absolute god-send. They supported me through each painstaking step of my application process. I rapidly became assured that I was in good hands and found their advice to be clear, calm and sound. The staff were very patient, accommodating and I felt well listened. I would certainly use their services again if need be and recommend to others.

I know A Y & J Solicitors for many years now and instructed them for various UK immigration matters. But specially I like to talk & thank about my mother’s latest EEA residence permit under ‘Surinder Singh’ route that has been approved in the ‘First instance’. It was a very complex immigration application under EU regulation but with the help of YDVISAS and team, this became a dream come true. I always received a full assurance and a complete hand holding support throughout the application process. I am united with my mother in the UK with the top technical knowledge of EU regulation, relentless efforts and honest – humble approach of A Y & J Solicitors. Saying ‘Thank you’ won’t be enough here, having my mother with me in the UK is a lot more than any words I describe my appreciation with. I highly recommend A Y & J Solicitors to anyone who is looking for professional support in relation to UK immigration including EU regulation / Surinder Singh route.

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