As the referendum regarding regarding the British exit from the European Union is fast approaching (23rd June 2016), many Polish people who associate their future with GB start to think about making sure they will not be forced to leave this country. Since not everyone knows where to begin, I have decided that I will help a bit and explain.
What is the quickest and best solution? You do not have to apply for the British citizenship straight away to make sure that after Britain leaving EU you will have the right to live and work there legally. It is enough to do this:
The EEA(PR) form is for those who apply for a document certifying permanent residence (for EEA nationals) or permanent residence card (for non-EEA nationals). You may download it directly from the government website (link here) or by clicking here.
Once completed, it should be sent to this address:
PO Box 590
Durham DH99 1AD
Before proceeding to complete the application form, it is good to become familiar with the guidance notes, link here.
Some required documents (depending on an individual application):
– 2 passport photographs (signed at the back)
– passport or national ID card
– biometric residence permit or card (BRP) (only for non-EEA nationals!)
– birth certificate
– marriage certificate
– driving licence
– document certifying the name change
– documenty certifying that you have lived and worked in the UK in the last 5 years (unless you have previously applied for a resident card). The more documents the better: P60, letters from employers, tenancy agreements, etc etc.
The cost of this application is £65 for each person included in the application.
According to what the UK government’s official website states, a person from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) may apply for it. It allows to more freely leave and re-enter Britain, and it confirms that you are allowed to work here and it is helpful when applying for certain benefits and services. (Link to this website: here)
The card is valid up to 5 years. The cost is £65.
After 5 years, during which it is important that you have lived and worked in Great Britain, you may apply for a permanent residence cards.
PERMANENT RESIDENCE CARD
Permanent residence card actually also concerns only citizens of the countries from outside the EEA. They may apply for this card (completing the EEA(PR) form), if they have lived in Britain for at least 5 years. (Link: here).
DOCUMENT CERTIFYING PERMANENT RESIDENCE
For nationals within the EEA there is a document certifying permanent residence that they may apply for.
Read also: How to fill in EEA(PR) – part 1, part 2 and part 3 to find out exactly how to fill in the EEA(PR) form, what details are necessary to complete particular sections and which parts of this form concern Polish people applying for the permanent residence.