You can use a derivative right of residence card to prove you have a right to live in the UK if you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), and one of the following:
- the primary carer of a British child
- the primary carer of an EEA child in the UK who is financially independent
- the primary carer of a British dependent adult
- the child of a primary carer in any of the categories above
- the child of an EEA worker or former worker and currently in school or university in the UK
You can also apply as an EEA national if you’re the primary carer of a child and have no other basis to remain in the UK.
A ‘primary carer’ means you’re someone’s main carer - or you share the responsibility with someone else - and you’re their family or legal guardian.
You can only apply for a derivative right of residence card if you’re already living in the UK - you should apply for an EEA family permit instead if you’re applying from outside the UK.
What it does
You don’t have to get a derivative right of residence card, but it can:
- help you re-enter the country quicker when you come back from abroad
- show employers you’re allowed to work in the UK
- show relevant authorities, your local council for example, that you’re allowed to live in the UK
It costs £55 to apply.
How long you can stay
You can continue living in the UK for as long as you’re eligible - eg, the person you’re caring for will need to still be living in the UK, or in school or university or financially independent if they’re a child.
What you can’t do
You can’t count time spent in the UK with derivative right of residence toward applying for permanent residence in the UK.