If you are the primary carer of someone who has the right to reside in the UK or the primary carer’s child, you may apply for derivative right of residence in the UK. You can also apply as the child of an EEA worker if you are in education in the UK.
You are a ‘primary carer’ if you are someone’s main carer being his family member or legal guardian. You will also qualify as a primary carer if you are a family member or legal guardian of the person you are caring for and share the responsibility of the care with another person.
You will need to be already living in the UK if you want to apply for a derivative residence card. If however you are outside the UK, you will need to apply for an EEA Family Permit.
As per the EEA regulations a residence card is not mandatory to live in the UK, but it can help you:
- ♠ re-enter the UK with ease, if you go abroad;
- ♠ prove that you have a legal right to live in the UK;
- ♠ show employers that you have the right to work in the UK;
- ♠ evidence that you qualify for certain benefits and services in the UK;
- ♠ claim certain benefits in the UK; support a family member’s application to come and live with you in the UK;
- ♠ open and maintain bank accounts;
- ♠ get medical treatment;
- ♠ get a driving license; and
- ♠ rent a house or room.
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