Acquiring permanent residence early [Archived]
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Last updated on 16/10/2019

The following Immigration practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Acquiring permanent residence early [Archived]
  • Retirement
  • Permanent incapacity to work
  • Living in the UK and working in another EEA state
  • Family members of a worker or self-employed person who dies

Acquiring permanent residence early [Archived]

ARCHIVED: this Practice Note is no longer maintained as it covers the implementation of EU free movement law in the UK prior to IP completion day, on which date domestic legislation implementing EU free movement law was revoked, subject to certain savings and modifications. For further details, including of the relevant savings and the position of CJEU case law, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for Immigration?. The Practice Note has been retained in archived form for historical interest, because EU law as previously implemented in the UK remains relevant in certain limited situations. For historical versions of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016, SI 2016/1052, including immediately prior to revocation, see For the ongoing development of EU free movement law in EU Member States, see: Immigration, employment & share incentives (EU Law)—overview.

This Practice Note covers the circumstances where PR can be acquired early by European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and their family members residing in the UK under EU free movement law. Throughout this Practice Note the term 'EEA nationals' refers to nationals of the countries in the EEA other than the UK as well as Switzerland, which reflects the definition in the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the EEA Regs 2016).

PR can be acquired prior to the completion of five years of continuous

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What does Permanent residence mean?

Right to reside permanently (without limitation of time) in the United Kingdom in accordance with Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006, SI 2006/1003.

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