Filling in the EEA(PR) form, although not difficult, is still time-consuming and might cause a headache. For those of you who do have a problem with it, I shall try to give a few hints, page by page, on what and how to fill and what documents to attach.
Since the EEA(PR) form is quite extensive, for your convenience I have broken it down to three parts:
part 1 – from Payment Details to Section 3 (pp. 6-27)
part 2 – Section 5 and Section 9 (pp. 28-53)
part 3 – from Section 16 to Section 19 (pp. 74-85)
THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE. THE WORLD WITHOUT FLAWS DOES NOT PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE AND DOES NOT BEAR ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR REJECTED APPLICATIONS.
For the purpose of this post, I have made up a common character called JAN KOWALSKI. All details concerning this character are fictitious, and any resemblance to actual persons is purely coincidental.
Let’s start from the beginning. WE CAREFULLY READ GUIDANCE NOTES, available on the Home Office website. We start with page 6 concerning the payment. Here, you choose whichever means you wish to use – I have always paid with a cheque, as I prefer not to provide any details of my debit/credit card to anyone, therefore on the example below it is ‘cheque’ as the chosen form of payment. You write HOME OFFICE as the ‘payee’ on the actual cheque.
The next part (pages 7-13) is about the biometric information, which concerns only applicants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), so we SKIP it without filling it in.
We complete page 15, where we find applicant’s details. A Polish person living in the UK in point 1.1 should choose ‘I’m an EEA national ….’. Here we should attach 2 passport photographs taken recently, sign both with full name (names) and surname at the back. we should put them in a small sealed envelope and attach it (staple it or use a paper clip) to the right side of the box below the heading B. Your personal details. Be careful! – The stapler mustn’t damage the photos!
Our common Jan Kowalski has a wife and a daughter, and no other citizenship but Polish. His wife is not British, so on page 16 he does not fill in the Your relationship to your sponsor bit:
Next page, 18, requires filling in Home Office reference numbers. Surely, every Polish person, who came to the UK right after Poland had joined the EU and who wanted to be ok with the UK law, registered with the Home Office (so called Worker Registration Scheme) as soon as being offered employment – whether it was through a work agency or directly by a British employer. That was a requirement till 2011. On letters from Home Office regarding WRS you will find some Reference Numbers. If you ask me, wherever there was a need, I would always use this one:
Therefore, page 18 on Mr. Kowalski’s form looks like this:
Page 18 and 19 requires details of the family members who will be included in this application. Let Kowalski’s wife be Anna, and let his daughter be Zofia. In the remaining tables, which do not concern our Kowalski family, we leave blank spaces.
Section 2 (pages 20-22) are about information about the ‘sponsor,’ which does not apply to our Kowalski family.
In section 3 (page 23) you should state on what basis you apply for the residence. Since Jan Kowalski is a citizen of Poland, a country which belongs to the European Economic Area, he should tick the proper box:
Then, as an EEA national, Kowalski completes sections: 5, 9, 16, 17, 18 and 19.
IMPORTANT: We print only the first page of this application and only those sections which apply to us (even with those pages that we leave blank).
Proceed to section 5 (page 28).