Who should apply
You’ll need to apply if you’re an EU citizen or a family member of an EU citizen, except for in a few cases.
You will not need to apply if you have:
- British or Irish citizenship (including ‘dual citizenship’)
- indefinite leave to enter the UK
- indefinite leave to remain in the UK
Otherwise you’ll need to apply, even if you:
- were born in the UK but are not a British citizen
- have a UK ‘permanent residence document’
- moved to the UK before it joined the EU
- are a family member of someone from the EU (including Ireland) who does not need to apply
If you’re married to a British citizen
You’ll need to apply if you’re from the EU.
You’ll not usually be eligible if you’re from outside the EU.
Applying if you’re from outside the EU
You must be in a relationship with an EU citizen as their spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner.
You’ll need a residence card to prove your relationship if you’re unmarried.
You can also be related to an EU citizen, their spouse or civil partner as their:
- child, grandchild or great-grandchild under 21 years old
- dependent child over the age of 21
- dependent parent, grandparent or great-grandparent
- dependent relative with a residence card to prove your relationship