EEA Qualified Person
In order to qualify under EEA Qualified Person you will need to demonstrate to UK Visas and Immigration that you are ‘ Exercising Free Movement Rights’ in the United Kingdom for more than 3 months continuously.
A ‘Qualified Person’ is defined in Regulation 6 of the EEA Regulations 2016 as a :
- job Seeker
- Self-employed Person
- Self-sufficient Person
Currently it is not a legal requirement that ‘EEA qualified persons’ apply for a document confirming a right of residence in the UK. If you want to do so, you may apply as a ‘Qualified Person’ for a Registration Certificate.
Basic Requirements for a Registration Certificate
- You must be able to demonstrate you are an EEA National through a current passport or ID Card.
- You must demonstrate that you have been exercising your free movement rights. here in the United Kingdom (i.e living and working/ studying/ self-sufficiency/ Job seeker/ Self-employed in the UK).
- One of the key requirements for those who want to show they are exercising their treaty rights as a student or a self-sufficient person is that they hold Comprehensive Sickness Insurance.
- You must pay an administration fee of £65.
- The application may take up to 6 months to process.
- Apply via the Postal and Premium routes.
- You can keep your passport while your application providing you use the European Passport Return Service.
- The fee for this service is approximately £10 per applicant, however please check the fee with your local Register Office.
- Once you have held your EEA ‘Qualified Person’ Registration Certificate for 5 continuous years you may be able to apply for a Certificate of Permanent Residency.
- Permanent Residency allows you to live and work in the UK without restrictions.
- Permanent Residency leads to Naturalisation. Providing you can show you have been exercising your treaty rights for six full years.
- You must hold an immigration status here in the UK.