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

You need a registration certificate if you’re an extended family member of an EEA national.

You don’t need a registration certificate if you:

  • are a ‘qualified person’, ie you’re working, studying, self-employed, self-sufficient or looking for work
  • have a ‘family member’ who is a qualified person
  • have a retained right of residence

However, a registration certificate can:

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

The EEA includes all EU states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

How to apply

Apply as a ‘qualified person’

Download and fill in the EEA (QP) form if you’re a qualified person. Send your completed form to the Home Office - the address is on the form. Include the supporting documents listed on the form, plus payment of £65.

Apply as a ‘family member’

If the qualified person is in your close family, or you have a retained right of residence, you can apply as a ‘family member’. You’re a family member if you’re:

  • their spouse or civil partner
  • their (or their spouse or civil partner’s) child or grandchild who is either under 21 or a dependant
  • their (or their spouse or civil partner’s) dependent parent or grandparent

Download and fill in the EEA (FM) form. Send your completed form to the Home Office - the address is on the form. Include the supporting documents listed on the form, plus payment of £65 per applicant.

Apply as an ‘extended family member’

If the qualified person isn’t in your close family (eg spouse or parent), you can apply as an ‘extended family member’. You’re an extended family member if you’re their (or their spouse or civil partner’s):

  • brother or sister
  • cousin
  • aunt or uncle
  • niece or nephew

You must also either:

  • have lived in the same house as them before and after coming to the UK
  • have a serious medical condition that means you need their personal care

Read the guidance for more information about applying as an extended family member.

Download and fill in the EEA (EFM) form. Send your completed form to the Home Office - the address is on the form. Include the supporting documents listed on the form, plus payment of £65 per applicant.

Apply as a ‘family member of a student’

If your family member is a qualified person because they’re a student, you can apply if you’re:

  • their spouse or civil partner
  • their (or their spouse or civil partner’s) dependent child

Download and fill in the EEA (FM) form. Send your completed form to the Home Office - the address is on the form. Include the supporting documents listed on the form, plus payment of £65 per applicant.

Apply as an ‘extended family member of a student’

You can apply as an extended family member if you’re the student’s (or their spouse or civil partner’s):

  • parent
  • grandparent
  • grandchild
  • brother or sister
  • cousin
  • aunt or uncle
  • niece or nephew

Download and fill in the EEA (EFM) form. Send your completed form to the Home Office - the address is on the form. Include the supporting documents listed on the form, plus payment of £65 per applicant.

Apply as an unmarried partner

You can apply as an ‘extended family member’ if you’re the unmarried partner of a qualified person or student. You must show you’re in a lasting relationship when you apply.

Download and fill in the EEA (EFM) form. Send your completed form to the Home Office - the address is on the form. Include the supporting documents listed on the form, plus payment of £65.

Apply at a premium service centre

You can only apply through the premium service at a premium service centre if you’re a qualified person. You can still post your form if you prefer.

Download, fill in and bring your completed EEA (QP) form.

You can’t use the service if you’re the family member or extended family member of the qualified person.

Getting permanent residence

You can apply for a document certifying permanent residence if you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years as a qualified person. This will prove your right to live in the UK permanently.

You can also apply if you’re the family member of a qualified person, or you have a retained right of residence. You must have lived in the UK for 5 years.

In some cases you can get permanent residence if you’ve lived in the UK for fewer than 5 years.

Download and fill in the document certifying permanent residence application form. Post it to the Home Office address on the form, with the £65 fee and supporting documents listed.