EEA (PR) Permanent Residency Card Application/ Document Certifying Permanent Residency
You can submit an application to apply for a document certifying permanent residence (if you’re an EEA national) or permanent residence card (if you’re a non-EEA national).
In order to apply for this you must have a continuous period of five years as one of the following:
- An EEA national ‘qualified person’ (worker, self-employed, self-sufficient, student or jobseeker),
- A family member or extended family member* of an EEA national qualified person or permanent resident,
- A former family member of an EEA national if you’ve retained your right of residence after the EEA national died or left the UK, or your/their marriage or civil partnership ended in divorce, annulment or dissolution, or
- A family member of a British citizen who worked or was self-employed in another EEA state before returning to the UK (‘Surinder Singh’ cases). You can also qualify if you are:
- An EEA national former worker or self-employed person who has ceased activity in the UK because you have retired, are permanently incapacitated, or you’re now working or self-employed in another EEA state but still retain your residence in the UK,
- The family member or extended family member* of an EEA national who has ceased activity, or
- The family member or extended family member* of an EEA national former worker or self-employed person who has died.
*You can only apply as an extended family member if you’ve held valid residence documentation (registration certificate, residence card, or EEA family permit) throughout the relevant qualifying period.