2. Registration certificate

How you apply depends on your situation.

Apply as a ‘qualified person’

You’re usually qualified if you’re a citizen of a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland and you’re one of the following:

  • working
  • studying
  • self-employed
  • self-sufficient
  • looking for work

You must provide proof that you’re qualified. Read the guidance notes with the form to check the supporting documents you need in your situation.

How to apply

You can apply online as a qualified person.

You can’t use this service if you’re a student or self-sufficient person and you’re either:

  • reliant on a family member for financial support
  • financially responsible for any other family members

If you can’t apply online, you can either:

You can also add a close or extended family member to your application.

Family members

Close family members

A spouse or civil partner counts as a family member.

A close family member also includes the qualified person’s (or their spouse or civil partner’s):

  • child or grandchild who are either under 21 or a dependant
  • dependent parents or grandparents

Extended family members

Extended family members include the qualified person’s (or their spouse or civil partner’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

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.

Close or extended family members must apply for a family permit if they have a retained right of residence or if they’re making a ‘Surinder Singh’ application.

How to apply as a family member

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

Use the following forms 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.

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 for each applicant.

Apply as an ‘extended family member of a student’

You can apply as an extended family member of a student or their spouse or civil partner. You can apply if you’re their:

  • 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 for each applicant.

Apply as an unmarried partner

You can apply as an ‘extended family member’ if you’re the unmarried partner of a qualified person. 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.