1. Overview

You can apply for a document to prove your right to live in the UK if you’re a citizen of a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland.

You’re usually eligible for a:

You may also be eligible as the partner, child or family member of someone from the EEA or Switzerland.

Who needs to apply

You usually need a:

  • registration certificate if you’re an extended family member of someone from the EEA or Switzerland
  • permanent residence document to apply for British citizenship

You don’t need either document to live in the UK if you:

However, a document can:

  • make it easier to claim certain benefits and services
  • prove you have a right to live in the UK