The United Kingdom is part of the European Economic Area (EEA) and therefore permits free movement of nationals between Member States. An EEA national who resides in the UK, or who intends to reside in the UK, and is economically active can sponsor a dependent Child, Fiancé(e), Grandchild, Great Grandchild, Grandparent, Great Grandparent, Parent or Unmarried partner.
Non-EEA nationals whose family member is exercising their Treaty Rights in the UK may be eligible for a maximum period of five (5) year residence family permit. This allows the applicant to live, work and study in the UK without restriction.
Ultimately, the applicant may be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and British Nationality.
To obtain an EEA Family visa it is necessary for applicants to fulfil the basic prerequisites set out by UK Immigration Authorities.
To qualify for an EEA Family visa there are basic requirements that must be met. In the case of spouses/partners, both parties must be at least 18 years and in a genuine relationship. In the case of other family members the applicant must be dependent on their EEA relative.
The validity period of the EEA Family visa will vary according to the information submitted to show how long the EEA family member will be exercising their Treaty Rights in the UK. The maximum duration is five (5) years. Visa holders are permitted to work and study in the UK during this period without any restriction.
Once visa holders have lived in the UK for five (5) years and satisfy the necessary requirements, they may be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). ILR entitles individuals to permanent residency in as well as visa-free travel to and from the UK. ILR holders may also be able to sponsor their non-British relatives into the UK and may also ultimately be eligible to apply for British citizenship.
To see a full listing of our fees and services, EEA Family Visa processing times and application costs please visit our FAQ page.