Eligibility

To get a derivative residence card you must be one of the following:

  • the primary carer of someone who has the right to live in the UK
  • the primary carer’s child
  • the child of a former European Economic Area (EEA) worker if you’re at school, college or university 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 direct relative or legal guardian. Direct relatives are:

  • parents
  • grandparents
  • spouses or civil partners
  • children (including adopted children but not step-children)
  • grandchildren

You can’t get a derivative residence card if you have permission to reside in the UK for another reason.

Primary carer

You’re eligible for a derivative residence card if you’re the primary carer of someone who would have to leave the UK if you left.

The person you care for must be one of the following:

  • a British child who’d have to leave the EEA if you left the UK
  • a British dependent adult who’d have to leave the EEA if you left the UK
  • a child from the EEA who’s financially independent with full health insurance (‘self-sufficient’)

Child of a primary carer

You can apply for a derivative residence card as the child of a primary carer if all of the following are true:

  • your primary carer is eligible for a derivative residence card
  • you’re under 18
  • your parent would be unable to continue living in the UK if you were required to leave

Child of an EEA national who stops work or leaves the UK

If you’re the child of an EEA national who stops working in the UK or leaves the UK, you may be able to get a derivative residence card if all of the following are true:

  • you’re in education in the UK
  • your EEA parent has worked in the UK when you’ve lived in the UK
  • your EEA parent has lived in the UK when you’ve been in education
  • you can’t get a UK residence card or registration certificate

Your primary carer will also be eligible, unless you could continue to be educated in the UK without them.