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EEA Residence Permits

The immigration application process can be very difficult. These days, the rules and regulations make it increasingly difficult to qualify for a UK visa.

UK Immigration is our core business. We legally support all UK immigration applications, managing and advising our clients on all aspects of EEA Permanent Residency card rules and procedures. We provide friendly, extensive, up-to-date UK immigration services for visa applications that cater to our clients’ individual circumstances.

An EEA Permanent Residency card allows foreign born nationals born outside of the UK, the opportunity to live and work in the UK. To qualify the applicant must meet the general requirements


You can apply as soon as you’ve got ‘permanent residence status’.

You usually qualify automatically for permanent residence status if you’ve been living in the UK for at least 5 years and you’re doing one of the following:

  • working
  • studying
  • self-employed
  • self-sufficient
  • looking for work

Family members

You can include close family members in your application if they also qualify for permanent residence.

Close family members include your:

  • spouse or civil partner
  • child or grandchild
  • parent or grandparent

You can also include extended family members in your application if they were dependent on you or were a member of your household before coming to the UK, and are still dependent on you or are still a member of your household.

Extended family members include your:

  • unmarried partner
  • brother or sister
  • aunt or uncle
  • first cousin
  • nephew or niece
  • family member or relative of your spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner

You can qualify for permanent residence status in less than 5 years in certain situations.

If you have to stop working

You can apply if you have to stop working or being self-employed because of an accident or illness (known as ‘permanent incapacity’).

You can apply immediately if the accident or illness both:

  • is work-related
  • entitles you to a pension from a UK institution

Otherwise you can apply after you’ve been living in the UK for 2 years.

If you reach State Pension age or retire early

You can apply after you’ve been living in the UK for 3 years.

You must have worked continuously in the UK for 1 year beforehand (this includes being self-employed, if you’ve reached State Pension age).

If you start work or self-employment in another EU or EEA country, or Switzerland

You can usually apply after you’ve been living in the UK for 3 years.

You must usually return to your UK home once a week, and have worked or been self-employed in the UK continuously for 3 years or more beforehand.

How long does it take?

We aim to complete our work within 2 to 3 weeks and the UK government will take around 3 months to process. If you require the visa sooner, please contact us immediately to discuss what priority services are available to you.

Why hire an immigration lawyer?

Wondering if it makes sense to hire an immigration lawyer? Here are some of the top benefits of hiring us to help you:

  1. Know the best path to immigration – Our firm will help you determine which way to meet your immigration needs.
  2. Profile accuracy – We can help you avoid common mistakes that can lead to visa refusals.
  3. Speed – Our professional staff will work with you to collect all the required documentation and information as quickly as possible.
  4. Personalised service – Dedicated experts will work closely with you throughout the process and will be available to answer any questions.
  5. No missed opportunities – We monitor the many different programs and visas for updates to make sure you are best positioned for success.

How we can help

UK immigration is what we do day in and day out. We have extensive experience of preparing successful EEA Permanent Residency card applications. By partnering with LAWTEC Solicitors, you can be assured that your immigration application process will be managed in a professional and cost-effective manner.

Many of our clients are happy to relieve themselves of the frustrations of preparing paperwork and having to deal with government red-tape by hiring our professional team of immigration experts.

We are proud of the fact that our team of highly experienced lawyers and multi-lingual specialists really do enjoy nothing more than winning UK visa applications for our clients.