Information to cheer up the impatient: we are about to finish completing the application for the permanent residence for Jan Kowalski. We have only a few sections left 🙂
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.
Section 16, page 74, concerns benefits that we used to receive or have been receiving since we have lived in the UK. In table 16.2 we should insert the benefits from table 16.1, but only those that apply to us. Our Kowalski has been receiving two of them, but if you have more then you should continue on a separate sheet and attach to the form:
Section 17 is about providing info about any criminal convictions or any instances when our name popped up in any police notes. Our Kowalski family have never been in any conflict with the law, so for every question they tick NO. (IMPORTANT: the questions concern both the applicant and members of his family!). If any of us were not that lucky to be in the clear, we need to admit to it here. An example pages 75 and 76 look like this:
Page 77 is very similar:
In point 17.9 we have to write about what connects us, as applicants, and our families that we include in this application with:
– the country we were born,
– another country whose nationality we possess,
– any country we have been living in for more than 5 years.
We complete point 17.9 on the next page (page 78). Our Kowalskis have been lucky and managed to purchase a house in England. Jan Kowalski has got his own private company and two cars. Although they have left their parents, siblings and friends in Poland, still they have settled in England and their future plans are associated with the UK. We can also add in this table that we are active in local communities, both English and Polish ones.
Section 18, pages 79-81 is a list of documents and certificates which Jan Kowalski attaches to the application. (Click on the screenshot below; it will open as a bigger window.)
It is good to go through the guide notes for this application form, as there are very detailed lists of documents required. (Link here) Our Kowalskis live in the UK longer than the required 5 years, but only those last 5 years should be taken into consideration when they collect the documents.
These are the documents that Jan Kowalski attaches:
- passport: his, his wife’s and his child’s (you may attach your national ID card instead!)
- 2 passport photos for each member of the family – signed at the back
- documents proving the residence in the UK; it is recommended that you have 2 documents for each year in the UK; you may choose from the following:
– an official letter from HM Revenue and Customs, Department for Work and Pensions, DVLA, TV licence
– letters and other documents from your GP, hospital or local health service about your medical treatments, appointments, home visits or other medical issues
– bank statements
– Council Tax bills or statements
– electricity, gas or water bills or statements
– mortgage statements or agreement
– tenancy agreement
– telephone bills or statements
- documents confirming employment; they may be:
– a letter from each employer confirming the dates you/your sponsor worked for them, salary/wages, normal hours of work, and the reason the employment ended
– wage slips and/or bank statements showing receipt of wages; this must cover each job you have held during the 5 years
– P60 for each year; to be sure Kowalskis present P60 also for 2009-2010
- documents certifying self-employment; you have to attach a lot of them:
– tax returns (SA100) together with evidence that they have been received by HMRC; or SA300 or SA302 issued by HMRC; or P60
– preceipts or other written confirmation issued by HMRC of relevant taxes paid
– bank statement or a stamped receipts showing payment of class 2 National Insurance contributions
– a certificate of VAT registration and VAT return with a print out with a VAT registration number
– 2 documents for each year regarding the earnings; you may choose from these: invoices, receipts for payments, personal bank statements showing receipt of payments for work carried out, business bank statements
– 2 documents proving that the business is/was actively trading; you may choose from: copies of invoices, contracts to provide services, receipts for purchase of tools or business equipment, rtestimonials or references from clients, with their contact details, examples of business advertising such as: leaflets, online advertising, Yellow Pages listing, magazines, trade websites)
- documents proving looking for work – our Kowalski registered at a JobCentre Plus therefore he attaches the letter of confirmation of such a registration and a proof of receipt of relevant benefits; if you are still loking for a job, you may also attach:
– proof of registration with a recruitment agency
– copies of recent job applications
– letters from potential employers either rejecting your application or inviting you for an interview
- WRS certificate and card (Worker Registration Scheme) from Home Office
- marriage certificate
- child’s birth certificate
- letter from HMRC regarding Child Benefit and Working Tax Credit or bank statements confirming their receipts
Page 82 requires you to familiarize yourself with the applicant’s declaration and sign and date it at the bottom. Page 83 and 84 is for the ‘sponsor.’ On page 85 we list all the documents that we attach to this application. We need to do it very thoroughly, as we send off original documents! We add another sheet if we run out of space.
We send the application to this address:
PO Box 590
Durham DH99 1AD
I hope that I have managed to help you, at least to some extent with applying for the British residency (it used to be called Indefinite Leave to Remain :-)). GOOD LUCK!
The EEA(PR) form for download is here.
Read also: Permanent residence in the UK to find out more.