What should EEA nationals in the UK do now to protect their rights?
Whilst it was initially assumed that the rights of EEA citizens living lawfully in the UK would be automatically protected, their long term status is now far from guaranteed.
Those who have already acquired permanent residence and those who have an EU right of residence but have yet to acquire permanent residence are more likely to be protected. Although strictly speaking EEA nationals are not required to document their rights, in the light of the recent developments, it would be highly advisable to obtain documents proving the exercise of EU law rights in their status in the UK.
Documents proving the exercise of EU Law rights include:
For EEA national workers and their EEA national family members
– A UK Document Certifying Permanent Residence for those who have already acquired permanent residence automatically by the operation of Law having exercised treaty rights for a continuous period of 5 years; and
– A UK Registration Certificate for those currently exercising treaty rights in the UK who have yet to acquire permanent residence
For non- EEA family members of a qualified person or an EEA national with right of permanent residence
– A UK Residence card
For non-EEA family members of EEA nationals who have acquired right of permanent residence
– A UK permanent residence card
The EEA (PR) is for permanent residence of EEA nationals and their family member;
The EEA (QP) is for residence certificate for EEA nationals – the Home Office offers an express service at some of his premium service centers;
The EEA (FM) is for residence card for non-EEA family members and those with retained rights
The EEA (EFM) is for residence card for extended family members defined as dependant relatives
The DRF1 is for applications by family members on the basis of derived rights of residence.
What is the cost?
There is currently a mandatory fee of £65.
Non EEA family members are required to enroll their biometric information when applying for their residence card. This process costs an additional £19.20.
How long does it take?
The Home Office has an obligation to issue residence documents within six months of application. Whilst most applications from EEA nationals are dealt with within weeks, applications from non-EEA nationals usually take months.
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