EU/EEA Citizens & their Families

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Rights of Free movement across the EU are enshrined in UK law. The UK and Ireland are also signed up to Free Movement, but are not part of the borderless “Schengen Area” of mainland Europe. That means that EEA citizens and their non-EEA dependent family members can exercise free movement rights, but must comply with a set of Regulations that differ from the UK Immigration Rules.

EEA area Citizens can travel to, work and live in the UK without a visa. As with visa nationals there is a route through Residence that qualifies for UK citizenship after a certain length of time. Likewise, non-EEA family members of EEA citizens have a defined route to UK citizenship through an initial Leave to Enter by way of an EEA Family Permit, 5-year Residence card and Permanent Resident status. EEA citizens should register with the Home Office themselves in the first instance.