An EEA3 allows for permanent residence by EEA or Swiss nationals. There is no legal requirement for EEA or Swiss nationals to obtain a document certifying residence. This is a voluntary process. Family members may also be included in applications if they are EEA or Swiss nationals. Applicants must be in the UK to apply.
Applicants must have lived in the UK for a continuous period of 5 years before applying. Applicants must have been employed, self-employed, studying or self-sufficient for that 5 year period. To be considered continuous, applicants should not be absent from the UK for more than 6 months each year. However, longer absences for compulsory military service will not affect residence. Additionally, a single absence of up to 12 months for important reasons such as pregnancy, childbirth, serious illness, study, vocational training or posting overseas will not affect your residence.
Necessary documents must be originals. Any documents which are not in English must be accompanied by a reliable English translation.
If the application is successful, a document will be issued confirming permanent residence. There is no expiry date.
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