You can apply for an EEA family permit to accompany your family or partner to the UK (or join them after they’ve arrived) if:
- the person you’ll be accompanying or joining is from the European Economic Area (EEA) but not the UK
- you’re from outside the EEA
You can apply as either:
- the wife, husband, civil or unmarried partner, child, grandchild, parent or grandparent of the person you’ll be joining in the UK
- a dependent extended family member - eg unmarried partner, brother, sister or cousin
You can also apply for an EEA family permit if you’re the main carer of:
- a British citizen
- a financially self-sufficient child who is an EEA national
- a child of an EEA national who was a worker in the UK
You should apply for a visa to join your family member instead if your family member is a British citizen (unless you’re their carer).
You don’t need to apply if you hold a valid residence card or permanent residence card issued in the UK.
How long it lasts
You can stay in the UK with an EEA family permit as long as the person you’ll be joining is living here.
What you can and can’t do
You can only use a family permit once.
You’ll need to get a new permit every time you leave and want to re-enter the country.
You must get your permit before travelling to the UK.
You must provide:
- your passport
- proof of your relationship, eg a birth or marriage certificate
- a letter from your partner or family in the UK declaring that they’re travelling with you or that you’re coming to stay with them in the UK
- your partner or family member’s passport or ID card
You must provide proof that you’re financially dependant on your family member in the UK if you’re applying as their dependent extended family member.
Read the full list of evidence you must provide.
You must apply online unless you’re from:
- North Korea
Read the application form guidance.