UK residence for EU citizens

2. Registration certificate

You don’t need a registration certificate to confirm your residence status in the UK unless you’re an extended family member of someone from the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.

If you already have a registration certificate it won’t be valid after the UK leaves the EU.

A new scheme will be available for EU citizens and their families to apply to stay in the UK after it leaves the EU. 

Sign up for email updates to find out when you’ll be able to apply to stay in the UK under the new scheme and what steps you’ll need to take.

Extended family members

Before the new scheme is in place, you’ll still need a registration certificate if you’re an extended family member of someone from the EEA or Switzerland.

Extended family members include the qualified person’s:

  • 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
  • relative by marriage
  • unmarried partner in a lasting relationship

An extended family member must also be one or more of the following:

  • dependent on the qualified person before coming to the UK - and will either continue to be dependent on them or live in the same house as them in the UK
  • living in the same house as the qualified person before coming to the UK - and will either continue to live with them or be dependent on them in the UK
  • cared for by the qualified person because they have a serious medical condition

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

How to apply as an extended family member

If the qualified person is applying online, they can add an extended family member to their application.

Download and fill in form (EFM) for an extended family member if the qualified person can’t apply online, or the family member is applying separately.

Send your completed form to the Home Office - the address is on the form.

You must include the supporting documents listed on the form and payment of £65 for each applicant.