Certificate of Permanent Residency

Permanent Residency is acquired automatically when you have been in the United Kingdom, exercising your treaty rights. You must demonstrate that you are a ‘qualified person’ for a period of 5 years in order to qualify. Currently, you are not required to apply for a Certificate of Permanent Residency. However if you want to continue on to Naturalise as a British citizen, you need to hold a Certificate of Permanent Residency as proof to demonstrate that you have lived and worked in the UK for the qualifying term.


Certificate of Permanent Residency Requirements

  • You are an EEA National.
  • You must show you have been exercising your treaty rights as a ‘qualified person’ in the UK for the full 5 year term.
  • Qualified person is defined in the EEA Regulations 2016 as a; Job Seeker, Worker, Self Employed Person, Self Sufficient Person or Student.
  • Continuity of residence is not broken from a leave of absence for 6 months or less per year. Anything more than 6 months may be considered as a break of leave.
  • Unlike Indefinite Leave to Remain, you do not need to sit the Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK test in order to qualify for a Certificate of Permanent Residency. However you will be required to fulfil the requirement should you wish to go on to Naturalise as a British citizen.

Certificate of Permanent Residency Process

  • You can keep your passport while your application is being processed by using the European Passport Return Service.
  • The fee for this service is approximately £10 per applicant.
  • Otherwise, All EEA applications are considered via the postal and premium route.
  • The processing fee is £65 per applicant
  • The application may take up to 6 months to process.

Key information

  • An EEA National is now required to successfully apply for a Certificate of Permanent Residency before applying to Naturalise.

EEA Nationals who currently hold a Certificate of Permanent Residency, may be required to switch into a new ‘Settled Status’ in order to qualify to Naturalise.     

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