EEA residence permit visas for the UK entitle EEA nationals and their dependants to the right of residence.A permit of this kind entitles the holder to work in Britain, accept offers of work, start a business, manage a company, or set up a local branch of a company.

If you wish to bring your spouse or common-law partner to join you in the UK, Knightsbridge Solicitors can help at every stage of the process. As a specialist Immigration Law firm, we can provide expert immigration advice and help you get the best result for your case.


As a specialist UK Law firm, Knightsbridge Solicitors can assess your needs and help you get the best immigration service possible. A specially assigned immigration Lawyer will guide you through every step of the visa application process, providing advice and representation where appropriate.


Unlike UK work permits, an EEA residence permit application is made by the individual, not a sponsoring company in the UK. As a result, no specific employment offer is required, although you may not be granted an EEA permit if you are coming to the UK just to look for work.

In addition, EEA permits don’t require applicants to reach a threshold on a points-based system, unlike the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) visas. So long as you are an EEA country citizen and can support yourself and any dependants whilst in Britain, this type of visa for immigration to the UK is a straightforward route to living and working in Britain.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this type of UK visa service, you need to be a dependant of a European Union citizen.


Holders of EEA residence permits do not have to work while in the country, but they must be able to support themselves without using public funds (such as unemployment benefits).

Knightsbridge Solicitors Can Help

As a specialist immigration Law firm, Knightsbridge Solicitors can provide legal advice and assistance throughout the visa application service to ensure that the needs of our clients are met.

Read more about Immigration here

EU Settlement Scheme Update:

As of the 1st of April 2019, the EU Settlement Scheme is officially open to the approximately 3.5 million EU citizens living in the UK. This means that the rights you and your family currently have – including access to benefits, healthcare, employment and pensions – are protected.

Applying to the scheme is completely free and as simple and straightforward as any government programme can claim to be. All you have to do is complete a 3-step application to prove your identity, confirm you live in the UK and declare any criminal convictions.

You can apply with a computer, tablet or smartphone, and the Home Office has set aside more than £9m to assist vulnerable to apply for the settlement scheme at an Assisted Digital location. The scheme has now been thoroughly vetted, and nearly four in five applicants did not need to provide any further evidence or submit their documents for further checks.

ID Check App Working by 2020

While there has been much fuss over the convenient ID Check app not working on Apple devices, the Home Office has committed to making the app available and functional by the end of 2019. This means that it has never been easier to apply for residence in the EU if you are an EU citizen.

The government has spent £3.75m on a nation-wide advertising campaign encouraging people to apply now, but you should make sure that you inform your friends and family if they are EU citizens. If you’d like to learn more about the scheme, you can visit the Gov.UK site or contact Knightsbridge Solicitors on 0115 824 1700 today.