The EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit is valid for six months and the holder may enter the UK as often as they wish during this six month period.
You can apply for an EU Settlement Scheme family permit to come to the UK if all of the following apply:
- you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)
- you’re the ‘close’ family member of an EEA citizen, Swiss citizen or eligible person of Northern Ireland
- the EEA citizen you’re joining is in the UK already or travelling with you to the UK within 6 months of the date of your application
The person you’re joining must also either be:
- an EEA or Swiss national with ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status under the EU Settlement Scheme
- an Irish citizen (they don’t need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, but must meet the eligibility criteria)
- an eligible person of Northern Ireland (they must also meet the criteria for the EU Settlement Scheme, even though they cannot apply)
- a British citizen who also has EEA or Swiss citizenship and who lived in the UK as an EEA or Swiss citizen before getting British citizenship.
To be an eligible person of Northern Ireland, the person you’re joining must:
- have British, Irish or dual British and Irish citizenship
- have been born in Northern Ireland
- have at least one parent who held British, Irish or dual citizenship (or without any restriction on their period of residence) at the time of their birth
Qualifying as a ‘close’ family member.
The person you’re joining must be your spouse or civil partner, or you’re related to them (or their spouse or civil partner) as their:
- child or grandchild under 21 years old, or dependent child or grandchild of any age
- dependent parent or grandparent
Family members who are adopted under an adoption order that is recognised in UK law are regarded the same as natural family.
Documents you must provide for EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit
- a valid passport
- evidence of your relationship to your EEA family member, for example a marriage certificate, civil partnership certificate or birth certificate
- your EEA family member’s EU Settlement Scheme application number, if they have one
If you’re a dependent child, grandchild, parent or grandparent you’ll also need to provide proof of your dependency if you’re:
- a dependent child or grandchild of your EEA family member and you’re over 21
- a dependent parent or grandparent of your EEA family member and they are under 18
If you’re the family member of an eligible person of Northern Ireland you’ll also need to provide:
- a birth certificate or passport showing that your family member was born in Northern Ireland
- evidence that, at the time of your family member’s birth, one of their parents was a British, Irish, or dual British and Irish citizen, or without any restriction on their period of residence