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February 13, 2020

EEA Family Permit: How to bring your partner to the UK, if you are EU Citizen

An EEA Family Permit is visa category issued to non-EEA nationals living outside the European Union and who would like to travel to the UK with an EEA national family member or join an EEA national family member (wife; husband; parents; sister or brother etc) in the UK.

Main eligibility requirements for an EEA Family Permit

  • Applicant is a citizen of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA);
  • Applicant’s family member is an EEA national (but normally not British);
  • Applicant is related to the EEA national in one of the following ways:
  • Applicant is the family member of the EEA national such as their husband, wife, civil or unmarried partner, parent, grandparent, child or grandchild; or
  • Applicant is an extended family member of the EEA national, for example their unmarried partner in a durable relationship, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, cousin, etc.; or
  • Applicant is the main carer of a British citizen or a child who is an EEA national;
  • Applicant’s EEA national family member is travelling with you to the UK; or
  • Applicant’s family member is in the UK and, if they have lived in the UK for more than three months, is exercising Treaty rights as a worker, self-employed person, student, self-sufficient person, or as a jobseeker.

An EEA Family Permit is valid for six months.

EEA Family Permit holders are free to leave and enter the UK as many times as they wish within that six-month period.

There is no fee payable to apply for an EEA Family Permit and the application will be given priority by UK Visas & Immigration.

At the end of the six-month period as an EEA Family Permit holder, applicant may be eligible to apply for an EEA Residence Card as confirmation of applicant’s right of residence in the UK.


You can request 15 minutes free consultation from our immigration lawyers; it will be conducted over the phone only.

Mann’s Solutions is international immigration law firm with offices in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul and St Petersburg and has expertise in offering UK Visas and Immigration by Investment services to high net worth individuals. Our immigration lawyers regulated by OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner).

For further information or to discuss your personal circumstances in a private consultation with our immigration lawyers in London Office, please contact us at or call +44 207 993 63 46.