Applying for EEA registration certificates and residence cards

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

  • Applying for EEA registration certificates and residence cards
  • GOV.UK information pages on EEA applications
  • Validity of applications
  • The legality of the validity requirements for EEA applications
  • EEA nationals—registration certificates
  • Application forms
  • Procedure
  • Evidence and proof
  • Residence cards
  • Application forms
  • More...

Applying for EEA registration certificates and residence cards

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for Immigration?

This Practice Note outlines the application process for European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and their family members who are applying in the UK to confirm rights of residence under EU free movement law, as implemented in the UK until the end of the Brexit transition period (31 December 2020) by the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (EEA Regs 2016), SI 2016/1052. The relevant documents are:

  1. for EEA nationals—registration certificates

  2. for non-EEA national family members of EEA nationals and those who have retained the right of residence—residence cards

Since the introduction of the EU Settlement Scheme, there will be little need for EEA citizens to apply for registration certificates, or for most types of family member who are in the UK to apply for residence cards. This is because all such persons will need to

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