In these unprecedented times, Axiom Stone Solicitors will, in common with other businesses, be following the Government's official advice on social distancing and social isolating.

Public health measures must have the highest priority and, as a result, some staff will be working from home. Also, our offices will be closed to visitors.

However, we wish to reassure existing and potential clients that we will continue to provide the highest levels of service.

Please be assured we have a robust business continuity plan in place that is designed to minimise the impact on our service to you.

In addition, please continue to contact us electronically or by phone in relation to the progress of your matters or on any issues of concern to you.

Until further notice, service of claim forms, application notices and all other court documents and contractual notices must be made to our head office only (we shall not accept service through any other means). Our head office address is at Axiom Stone Solicitors, Axiom House, 1 Spring Villa Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7EB. We ask that all other correspondence be sent by email to the relevant member of Axiom Stone Solicitors. In the event that service of court documents or contractual notices is attempted by post, courier, DX, or fax to any address other than that of our Head Office, we cannot provide any assurance that they will be received or processed. We are grateful for your understanding at this time.

We will update this information regularly on our website (Please see COVID-19 Updates Here) and via social media.

Finally, we urge everybody to follow the official advice on fighting the virus outbreak so enabling you to stay safe and well.

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EEA Visas

EEA nationals are referred to those nationals from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

EEA nationals who reside in the UK for more than 3 months must be exercising treaty rights.  In doing so, they are classed as a qualified person.  This means that they must be working in the UK, seeking work, be self-employed, self-sufficient or studying in the UK.

There are several types of permits for EEA nationals and their family members.

Registration certificate

You don’t have to hold a registration certificate to reside or confirm your residency in the UK unless you intend to apply for British citizenship or to sponsor your family member’s visa application so that they may join you in the UK.

You can apply for a registration certificate either online, in person or by post. You need to complete the relevant form and submit it to the Home Office along with your supporting documents including evidence confirming that you are a qualified person.

Once your application has been approved, you will be granted with a registration certificate that is valid for 5 years.

If you already hold a registration certificate, it will no longer be valid after the UK leaves the EU. A new scheme will be available for EU citizens and their family members to apply to stay in the UK after it leaves the EU.

Permanent Residence Card

This route is for EEA nationals who are qualified persons (working, seeking work, studying, self-employed, self-sufficient) and have been living in the UK for 5 years continuously.

You don’t have to hold a permanent residence card to reside or confirm your residency in the UK unless you intend to apply for a British citizenship or to sponsor your family member’s visa application.

You can apply for a permanent residence card either online or by post. You need to complete the relevant form and submit it to the Home Office along with your supporting documents including evidence confirming that you are a qualified person.

Once your application has been approved, you will be issued with a permanent residence card.  You can apply for British citizenship after 12 months.

If you already hold a permanent residence card it will no longer be valid after the UK leaves the EU. A new scheme will be available for EU citizens and their family members to apply to stay in the UK after it leaves the EU.

Croatian nationals

Croatian nationals have the same rights as nationals of other EU Member States to enter and reside in the UK for up to 3 months without needing a visa.  However, if you wish to continue residing beyond 3 months to work in the UK, you need to apply for permission unless an exemption applies.

There are 3 types of permissions applicable to Croatian nationals depending on their circumstances:

  • Blue registration certificate: This certificate is for a highly skilled worker or for those who are exempt from the requirement for work authorisation.
  • Yellow registration certificate: This certificate is for Croatian nationals who are exercising treaty rights as a self-employed person, self-sufficient person or as a student.
  • Purple registration certificate: This is also known as the Accession Worker Authorisation document and allows a Croatian national to be employed in the UK unless you are exempt. You will need to obtain this permission before you start to work. To apply, you need to have a certificate of sponsorship from your employer, depending on your job offer.

The purple registration certificate will only be granted if you meet the requirements for skilled economic migrants (similar to Tiers 2 and 5 of the Points-Based System). The only difference is that you don’t need to apply for a visa before coming to the UK. A purple registration certificate will not be issued for a specified period of time as it will expire if you leave your job. If you change your job and are not exempt from worker authorisation, you will need to apply for a new purple registration certificate in respect of your new employment.

Family member

  1. EEA family members (spouse, partner, children (under 21), parents and siblings): EEA nationals have the same rights as their EEA relatives, which means that they can enter and live in the UK freely and are able to obtain the relevant documents (registration certificate, residence card and permanent residence card) as long as they prove their relationship to an EEA national who is a qualified person (working, seeking work, self-sufficient or studying in the UK).
  2. Non-EEA family members (spouse, partner, children (under 21), grandchildren, parents and siblings): non-EEA family members who wish to join and live in the UK with their EEA family members who are residing and exercising their treaty rights as qualified persons need to apply for a family permit. Your EEA relative must be present in the UK or accompanying you to the UK for you to be able to apply for a family permit.

In order to apply for a family permit, you must complete an online application form, book an appointment and submit your application form along with supporting documents confirming your relationship with the EEA relative, who must be present in the UK and a ‘qualified person’ (working, looking for work, studying, self-employed, self-sufficient) in the UK.

Once your application has been approved, you will be granted with 6 months leave to enter. Before the expiry of your leave, you can apply for a residence card lasting 5 years, as long as you remain in a relationship with the EEA qualified person.  You may then be eligible to apply for a permanent residence card followed by British citizenship.

In certain circumstances, it would still be possible to retain your right of residency even if you are not in a relationship with an EEA national.  At Axiom Stone, we can advise you as to the type of visa application that will best suit your circumstances and needs.

There are two types of residence cards available to family members of Croatian nationals who are non-EEA nationals:

  • Residence cards: these are for non-EEA family members who are not subject to work authorisation.
  • Accession residence cards: these are for non-EEA family members who hold permission to work in the UK.

To apply for any of the above cards, you must complete an online application form, book an appointment and submit your application form along with supporting documents confirming your relationship with the EEA relative who must be present in the UK and a ‘qualified person’ (working, seeking work, studying, self-employed, self-sufficient) in the UK.

Making an application 

At Axiom Stone, we work closely with our clients’ needs and objectives and achieve results in an efficient and timely manner, aiming to continue the relationship once we have met your requirements and beyond.

To apply for any of the above documents or to make an enquiry, please contact us on 020 7016 9341 or by e-mail to immigration@axiomstone.co.uk to speak to our dedicated team of immigration professionals.

For more information about our prices for EEA Visas services please follow the link below: