Supporting documents for an EEA family permit
This page lists the documents that a national of a non-European country should provide when applying for an EEA family permit to come to the UK.
For more information about EEA family permits and who should apply for them, see the EEA family permits page.
When you apply, you should include all the documents that you can to show that you are a family member of an EEA national. These should include:
- the EEA national's original passport or identity card, or if this cannot be provided (for example, because the EEA national is already in the UK) a copy of the EEA national's passport or identity card, endorsed by the EEA national's embassy in the country in which they are resident or present at the time of application; and
- proof of your relationship to the EEA national (for example, your birth certificate or marriage certificate); and
- a letter from the EEA national, declaring that you are travelling with them or are joining them in the UK.
If you are not the EEA national's spouse, civil partner, or child or grandchild under 21, you must provide evidence that you are dependent on them or have lived as part of their household.
If you are applying as the EEA national's unmarried partner, you should provide evidence that you have been living with them in a relationship akin to marriage for more than 2 years. It is unlikely that we would consider a shorter relationship as 'durable', in accordance with the EEA Regulations.
If you are aged under 18 and one or both of your parents or guardians are not travelling with you, you should provide their written permission to travel here.
If the EEA national has lived in the UK for more than 3 months, you must provide evidence that they are a 'qualified person'. This evidence could include:
- their contract of employment, wage slips and/or a letter from their employer, if they are a worker;
- evidence of their National Insurance contributions, Construction Industry Scheme card (if applicable), lease on business premises, contracts, invoices, audited accounts and/or bank statements, if they are self-employed;
- a school/college/university letter confirming their enrolment and the completion date of their course, and/or a bank statement or evidence of a grant or scholarship, if they are a student; or
- evidence that they have sufficient funds to maintain themselves and their family members for the period of their residence in the UK, if they are self-sufficient.
If the EEA national is a British citizen, you must provide evidence that:
- they have been working or are self-employed in another EEA member state; and
- you have been living with them in the EEA state, if you are their spouse or civil partner.
We will refuse your application if:
- we find that any documents are false;
- you have not provided sufficient evidence that you are related to the EEA national;
- you have not provided sufficient evidence (where it is required) that you are dependent on the EEA national;
- you do not intend to accompany the EEA national to the UK, or to join them here;
- the EEA national does not have a right of residence in the UK; or
- you are involved in a 'marriage or civil partnership of convenience'. This is a marriage or civil partnership that is for immigration purposes only, with neither person planning to live with the other in a genuine and settled relationship.
To make your application, see the How to apply page.
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