EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit
The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) Family Permit allows you to come to the UK if you’re family member of someone from the EU. You must be outside the UK to apply.
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EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit
You can apply for EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit to come to the UK if you are a family member of someone from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein. You may also be able to apply if you’re the family member of an eligible person of Northern Ireland.
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What is a Family Permit?
A family permit makes it easier to travel with your EU family member to the UK or to join them in the UK.
It lets you come to the UK for up to 6 months. You can work and study and come and go as many times as you want before the permit expires.
You can apply to stay longer in the UK if you’re eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme.
Requirements for an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit
To qualify for an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit, you will need to satisfy UK Visas & Immigration that:
- You are the joining family member of a relevant EEA citizen (an EEA citizen who holds either Settled Status or Pre-Settled Status, or has applied and is waiting for a decision);
- You will be accompanying the EEA citizen to the UK or joining them in the UK within 6 months of the date of application;
- Your family relationship began prior to 31 December 2020;
“If you are the family member of a British citizen and lived with that British citizen in an EEA country, and your relationship with them started before 1 February 2020, you have until 29 March 2022 to apply for a family permit to come back to the UK.”
If your relationship with them started on or after 1 February 2020, you will need to have ‘reasonable grounds’ for not returning to the UK by 31 December 2020. You will need to show evidence of why you did not return by then when you apply for your family permit.
Family Members of Relevant EEA Citizens
The following family members of relevant EEA citizens may be eligible to apply for an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit:
- Spouse of a relevant EEA citizen;
- Civil partner of a relevant EEA citizen;
- Durable partner of a relevant EEA citizen;
- Child (or grandchild or great-grandchild) of a relevant EEA citizen or of their spouse or civil partner;
- Dependent parent (or grandparent or great-grandparent) of the relevant EEA citizen or of their spouse or civil partner,
You will need to demonstrate that your relationship existed prior to 31 December 2020.
Relevant EEA Citizen
The following persons are considered relevant EEA citizens:
- EEA or Swiss nationals who have been granted ‘pre-settled’ status or ‘settled’ status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or who have made an application and are awaiting the outcome;
- Irish citizens who meet the criteria for ‘pre-settled’ or ‘settled’ status under the EU Settlement Scheme (they do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme);
- Eligible persons of Northern Ireland (persons who have British, Irish or dual British and Irish citizenship, were born in Northern Ireland and have at least one parent who held British, Irish or dual citizenship (or without any restriction on their period of residence) at the time of their birth) who meet the criteria for ‘pre-settled’ or ‘settled’ status under the EU Settlement Scheme (even though they cannot apply);
- British citizens who also have EEA or Swiss citizenship and who lived in the UK as an EEA or Swiss citizen before gaining British citizenship.
EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit or EEA Family Permit?
The EEA Family Permit route is now closed, and new applications cannot be submitted. Those who are eligible should instead submit applications for EUSS Family Permits.
Pending applications and appeals for EEA Family Permits which were submitted prior to 31 December 2020 should continue to be considered under The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Act 2020 (Consequential, Saving, Transitional and Transitory Provisions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020.
Applying for an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit
Applications for an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit can only be made from outside the UK.
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- EU Settlement Scheme Deadlines & Late Applications
- Avoiding Delays in EU Settlement Scheme Applications
- The Status of EU Settlement Scheme Applicants After 30 June 2021
Application Fee for an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit
The Home Office does not charge an application fee for an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit.
Applicants for EU Settlement Scheme Family Permits are also not required to pay the Immigration Health Charge.
Our legal fee
We charge a fixed fee starting from £700 + VAT to £1200 + VAT for our professional legal services in relation to the EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit application. The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.
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