EEA Nationals registration

Currently, if you are an EEA citizen living in the UK, you do not need to register with the Home Office.   

An EEA citizen may apply for a registration certificate to demonstrate their right to reside and work in the UK.  It is not compulsory, however many do apply for the card, so that after 5 years, they can demonstrate with ease their right to permanent residence (provided they continue to exercise a treaty right).

The registration process is beneficial particularly to EEA citizens with family member who are not from the EEA.  The process allows the EEA citizen to include non EEA nationals in their application.  The non EEA citizen will be issued a residence card which will be valid for 5 years.  After 5 continuous years in the UK the EEA citizen and family members will be eligible for permanent residence and potentially a British passport.

However, with the UK leaving the EU on 29th March 2019, a new registration system will be put into place by the Home Office. This system is still taking shape but the Home Office has assured EU nationals that the new settled status that the scheme offers will allow them to continue their lives in the UK without issue.

How we can help

If you are unsure on your status and what you need to do, we can advise you. The immigration rules are complex even in the most straightforward of cases, and there are always exceptions and anomalies.

If you would like us to review your application before it is sent, we can provide you with our assessment on its likely success or we can produce the application in its entirety on your behalf.

If you need support in this potentially stressful process, we can help.

Clients of Herrington Carmichael LLP ‘always receive a consistently high level of service’ from the immigration team, which is praised for its ‘excellent knowledge of immigration law and the procedures and processes behind it, ensuring that all avenues are considered so as to mitigate against any risks’. Headed by Imelda Reddington (who is ‘highly regarded in the field of immigration law’), the practice has cultivated a firm following among employers nationwide, who regularly instruct the firm on licence application compliance, Brexit-related immigration issues, and ongoing compliance with sponsor duties and recruitment of migrant workers, among other matters.

Legal 500, 2019

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