Apply for a registration certificate if you're from the EU, EEA or Switzerland

You can apply for a registration certificate to prove you have the right to live in the UK if you’re from the EU, EEA or Switzerland.

You do not need to apply for a registration certificate. If you do, it will not be valid after 31 December 2020.

You’ll usually need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK beyond 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

If you’re a Croatian national you can work in the UK without a registration certificate.

You can apply for a registration certificate if you’re:

  • a ‘qualified person’
  • a close family member of a qualified person
  • an extended family member of a qualified person

You’re a qualified person

You’re usually a qualified person if you’re:

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

How to apply as a qualified person

You can apply for a registration certificate online.

Providing ‘biometric information’ and supporting documents

When you apply online, you’ll be asked to make an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point to provide your ‘biometric information’ (a photo).

You’ll also need to submit your supporting documents. You can:

  • upload them into the online service
  • have them scanned at your UKVCAS appointment

You must not travel outside of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man until you get a decision. Your application will be withdrawn if you do.

If you cannot apply online

If you cannot apply online, you can download and fill in the EEA (QP) form and send it to the address on the form.

It costs £65 to apply. Include the fee and the supporting documents listed on the form.

You can also add a close or extended family member to your application.

Read the guidance notes with the form to check the supporting documents you need in your situation.

You’re a close family member of a qualified person

You must be the qualified person’s spouse or civil partner, or related to them (or their spouse or civil partner) as their:

  • child or grandchild under 21 years old
  • child or grandchild of any age, if you’re dependent on the qualified person
  • parent or grandparent

You’re an extended family member of a qualified person

You’re usually an extended family member of a qualified person if they’re your:

  • brother or sister
  • cousin
  • aunt or uncle
  • niece or nephew
  • relative from a different generation, such as a great-aunt, great-nephew or second cousin
  • unmarried partner who you’ve been living with in a lasting relationship

One or more of the following must also apply for you to be eligible:

  • you live or have lived in a country other than the UK, and are dependent on your family member - for example, they provide financial support
  • you live with or are joining your family member in the UK, having lived with them previously in a country other than the UK
  • you need personal care from your family member because of a serious health problem
  • your family member has settled in the UK, and you’re an adult who’s dependent on them
  • you’re the unmarried partner of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and you’ve been living with them in a lasting relationship

Read the guidance for more detail about applying as an extended family member and who counts as a dependant.

How to apply as a family member

Download and fill in:

Send your completed form to the Home Office - the address is on the form. Include the fee of £65 per person.

You can also get your qualified family member to add you to their application, if they’re applying.

Providing ‘biometric information’ and supporting documents

After you apply, you’ll be sent a letter asking you to make an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point. This is so you can provide your ‘biometric information’ (a photo).

You’ll also need to bring your supporting documents to be scanned at your UKVCAS appointment.

You must not travel outside of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man until you get a decision. Your application will be withdrawn if you do.

If you’re not eligible

You may be eligible for another residence document.

Get help to apply online

You can get help with:

  • accessing a computer or the internet
  • finding the right information on GOV.UK

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