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EEA Registration Certificate

EEA Registration Certificate

  • 28/04/2017
  • Answered by Red Square London’s Immigration Specialist, Oliver Westmoreland – Ответил наш Специалист по Иммиграционным Вопросам, Оливер Вестморлэнд
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IMMIGRATION BLOG

EEA Registration Certificate

28 April 2017

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An EEA Registration Certificate is a document, held by an EEA national or their family member, which shows that they have the right, under European law, to be in the UK. It is not like an EEA Residence Card, which is issued for a five-year period, and neither is it like an EEA Permanent Residence Card, which shows the right to live in the UK indefinitely.

Because of Brexit, many Europeans who are in the UK but who have lived here for less than five years are understandably worried about their future, and many of them have applied for an EEA Registration Certificate to at least show that they are here legally under European law at the moment.

The Home Office is very probably swamped by such applications, as indicated by the fact that these words now appear on the relevant parts of the Home Office/UKVI website:

You don’t need a registration certificate to confirm your residence status in the UK. If you’re planning to apply for a certificate to confirm your status, you can sign up for email updates instead.

This caused a little flurry of interest in the media, and some lawyers opined that the Home Office indeed seems to be trying to reduce its workload. The whole thing seems rather illogical: if – as the Home Office seem to be implying here – there is no strong purpose to applying for an EEA Residence Certificate why does the application form exist?

If you’re worried about your situation because of Brexit, our advice is that applying for an EEA Residence Certificate is not going to do any harm and it might ultimately do some good.

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