EEA Qualified Person

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
  • Worker
  • Self-employed Person
  • Self-sufficient Person
  • Student

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.

Key Information

  • 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.
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