EEA Derivative Residence Card
Our EU Law application lawyers can assist you in applying for an EEA Derivative Residence Card. A derivative residence card helps prove your right to live in the UK if you're the carer or child of a European citizen. If you want expert solicitors by your side, helping you fill out documents and submitting them in a timely manner, contact us. We have experienced solicitors who would be more than happy to assist you make your transition to the United Kingdom. Contact us for legal advice, case assessment, eligibility requirements & supporting documents.
Applicants need to meet the following requirements if they want the right to reside and work in the United Kingdom:
- They are the primary caregiver of a person who has the right to reside in the country
- They are the child of the caregiver
- They are the child of a former EEA national and they are studying in the UK
- They a personal directive relative such as parents, grandparents, spouses, civil partner, children, adopted children, and grandchildren
People with a permission to reside in the country for another reason are not eligible for a Derivative Residence Card.
Eligibility Requirements for a Primary Caregiver
Applicants are eligible for a Derivative Residence Card if they the primary caregiver of a person who would leave the country if they did. The individual they care for should be in one of the following:
- British child who would need to leave the European Economic Area if the applicant left the United Kingdom
- British dependent adults who would need to leave the European Economic Area if the applicant left the United Kingdom
- Children belonging to the European Economic Area who is financially independent with health insurance
Eligibility Requirements of a Child of a Primary Caregiver
The eligibility requirements of a child of a primary caregiver are:
- The applicant’s primary caregiver is eligible for a Derivative Residence Card
- They are under 18
- Their parents would not be able to continue residing in the country if the applicant is told to leave the UK
Children of EEA Citizen Who Stops Working or Exits the UK
If the applicant is the child of an EEA citizen who stops working in the country or exits the country, the applicant may be eligible to apply for a Derivative Residence Card if all of the following are true for them:
- They received their education in the UK
- Their EEA parent was employed in the UK when they resided in the UK
- Their EEA parent resided in the UK when the applicant was studying
- The applicant can apply for a registration certificate or a UK residence card
The applicant primary caregiver will also be eligible to reside in the UK, unless the applicant is able to continue their studies in the UK without them.
Applicants must provide the following documents when applying for a Derivative Residence Card:
- Current passport or a valid travel identification
- Two passport sized coloured pictures of themselves and any dependents on their application
- Birth certificate or any other paperwork to provide as evidence of the relationship between the applicant and the primary caregiver
Documents Required when Applying as Primary Caregiver
Applicants must provide the following documents pertaining to the person they are going to the UK to take of:
- Their current immigration status such as birth certificate, adoption certificate, and passport
- Prove they are dependent on the applicant such as court orders
- Provide they are residing in the UK such as utility bills, tenancy agreements, or bank statements
- Prove that the self-sufficient children who are EEA citizens are financially stable and hold health insurance
Documents Required when Applying as a Child of an EEA citizen who Stops Working or Exits the UK:
Applicants must provide the following documents if they are applying as the child of an EEA citizen who stopped working and now has left the UK:
- They are studying in the UK and provide a letter from the educational institution
- They were studying in the UK when their EEA citizen parent was still residing in the UK and provide a letter from the educational institution and their parent’s utility bill or tenancy agreement
- The applicant’s EEA parent worked in the UK as the same time the applicant lived there and provide salary slip or a letter from their employer
You must meet all the other eligibility requirements.
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