The Home Office have today announced a new process to apply for EEA permanent residence and EEA Registration Certificates.
The new process will allow applicants to complete and submit an online application and then book a submission appointment at a council. The applicant will then be able to hand over all their application documents for the council to then submit directly to the Home Office.
Crucially, the council will witness their original passport, requiring only the witnessed copy to be submitted to the Home Office. The applicant can then retain their own passport for travel during the application process.
At the moment, only a limited number of councils are able to offer this service. Hopefully this will be expanded in time to cover all councils.
The new process will be effective on 1 October 2016. The current process of applying through a paper form and applying directly to the Home Office will still be in place.
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