EEA nationals' right to live in the UK
Swiss nationals and EEA nationals are free to remain in the UK, to work or to study and do not need to apply for any further permission to stay as this is an automatic right under EC law. However if you are an EEA national you may lose this right of residence under certain circumstances. If you want to live in the UK for more than three months, you must be a 'qualified person'. A qualified person means an EEA national who is in the UK as a:
self-sufficient person or
You do not need a work permit to work in the UK but you may need to register as a worker under the Worker Registration Scheme.
EEA Family Permits
If you are an EEA national you can bring your family members to the UK. Non-EEA family members should get an EEA family permit before they travel to the UK if they are visa nationals, or if they are coming to live with you permanently or on a long-term basis. An EEA family permit is a form of entry clearance so that members of your family who are not EEA nationals can travel with you or join you in the UK.
EEA Residence Cards & Settlement
EEA nationals and their non-EEA family members may find it useful to have a document to show to anyone who has the right to request proof of identity or of status in the UK, for example a Benefits Agency official when the person is claiming benefits. A residence permit is not compulsory and does not in itself give permission to the EEA national to remain. It is merely a document confirming the right that the person already has through the operation of EC law. Its main uses are as an identity document and as an aid to gaining settlement and as evidence of status should the EEA national wish to be joined by family members who are not themselves EEA nationals.
Non-EEA family members who have a valid residence permit do not need to get an EEA family permit each time they enter the UK after travelling abroad. Residence permits are valid for 5 years.
EEA nationals - No Obligation Quotes by Solicitors
EEA immigration applications are sometimes complex and demanding so in such cases EEA applicants may need some legal help to successfully complete the process and avoid mistakes and unnecessary delays.
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