The Ultimate UK Residence Card Guide – 2018

By |2018-07-17T06:15:00+00:00March 7th, 2018|Categories: British Nationality and UK Settlement Visa|Tags: |

What is UK Residence Card?

A Residence Card of a family member of a Union citizen is issued to the family member to confirm this right of residence. The holder of a valid Residence Card is entitled to use this document in lieu of an entry to all EEA member states.

People usually get confused between Permanent Residence Card and Registration Certificate. Let’s learn about the difference between them

A Registration Certificate that can be used by residence of the EEA and Switzerland as proof that they are entitled to live in another EU country (including UK) under European Law. A Registration Certificate does not confer rights on the holder, it merely confirms rights that they already possess as a ‘qualified person’ exercising treaty rights.

Whereas, a Permanent Residence Card can only be obtained after a citizen of the EEA or Switzerland has been living and exercising their treaty rights in the UK for a period of five years or more.

Who should currently apply?

  • You don’t need to apply for a UK Residence Card as a family member of an EEA or Swiss national, but a Residence card can:
    • Help you re-enter the country more quickly and easily if you travel aboard.
    • Show employers you’re allowed to work in the UK.
    • Help prove you qualify for certain benefits and services.
  • You must apply for a residence card if you’re an extended family member.
  • You must apply for a derivative right of residence card if you’re the carer of an EEA Citizen or UK National, the carer’s child, or the child of a former worker from EEA and you’re currently in education.


You can apply for a residence card if you’re both:

  • From outside the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • The family member, or extended family member, of an EEA national who is a permanent resident or a ‘qualified person’
  • You may also be eligible for a residence card if you have a ‘retained right of residence’ or make a ‘Surinder Singh’ application.

What is a Qualified Person?

A qualified person is someone who is in the UK and one of the following applies:

  • They’re working
  • They’re self-employed
  • They’re self sufficient
  • They’re studying
  • They’re looking for work (only if they meet certain conditions)

How long UK Residence Card lasts for?

  • A residence card usually lasts up to 5 years. However, your residence card won’t be valid after the UK leaves the EU.
  • A new scheme will be available for EU citizens and their family members to apply to stay in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.
  • If your residence card expires before the new scheme is available, you should reapply for another residence card.

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About the Author:

Saurav is an Attorney at The Smartmove2UK in the UK Immigration team at Mumbai office. He has experience in dealing with both personal and business immigration matters. Saurav’s immigration expertise includes advising prospective clients on matters relating to UK Visa applications under the Points Based System and Visit Visas. He also assists with appeals for judicial review and administrative review.