UK EEA citizen family visa is an entry clearance required for those dependants of EEA nationals, who are non-EEA nationals. To enter and stay in the UK without being accompanied by the EEA national the person is not allowed into the UK. Generally, if they are accompanying the EEA national or visiting him or her in the UK, they do not need a visa. All they need is a permit.
People who qualify to apply for such a visa must fall under one of the following relations to the EEA national,
The applicant must belong to one of the countries listed under the permitted countries by the UK Border Agency.
Form VAF5 needs to be filled and filed to obtain the permit. Permit is given free of cost. There is the requirement of biometric information like with any other UK visa. The documents to be supplied include,
EEA Nationals who have been living in the United Kingdom for a period crossing three months need to provide the ‘qualified person’ evidence such as:
The permit holders must accompany the EEA nationals or join them there. On the other hand, they need not be accompanied by the EEA national or meet him or her in the UK if they have a visa instead of a permit. Those entering the country through the UK EEA family permit are permitted to study or work in the country for the permit period of five years. Well before the permit expires, they can start the process for permanent residence.
People, who were rejected entry clearance under this category of UK EEA citizen family visa, have the right of appeal. To make an appeal within the UK, one needs to use the ATI-1 form. Applications made from outside the country must be appealed using the ATI-2.