Apply for a UK residence card

1. Overview

You may be able to apply for a residence card if you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and you’re the family member, or extended family member, of an EEA national.

There will be no change to the rights and status of EU nationals living in the UK, nor UK nationals living in the EU, while the UK remains in the EU.

You don’t need to apply for a residence card as a family member but it can:

  • help you re-enter the country more quickly and easily if you travel abroad
  • show employers you’re allowed to work in the UK
  • help prove you qualify for certain benefits and services

You must apply for a residence card or have a valid EEA family permit if you’re an extended family member.

You should instead apply for a derivative right of residence card if you’re the carer of an EEA citizen, the carer’s child, or the child of a former EEA worker and currently in education.

How long it lasts for

A residence card can last up to 5 years.

After 5 years, you can apply for a permanent residence card.


It costs £65 for each person included in an application.