If you have an interest in the field of UK immigration, you have probably heard of the Surinder Singh immigration route. But what exactly is it? Don’t worry, Immigration News has you covered.
What is the Surinder Singh Immigration Route?
Surinder Singh is a form of a European Economic Area (EEA) permit. You could be eligible for the Surinder Singh route if you are a non-EEA national and have lived in another EEA country with an eligible family member who’s a British citizen.
The British family member must be one of the following:
- The spouse or civil partner of the applicant
- The parent or grandparent of the applicant or the applicant’s spouse/civil partner (must be under 21-years-old)
- The child or grandchild of the applicant or the applicant’s spouse/civil partner (must be dependant on them)
The ruling above also applies to family members who were adopted under an adoption order recognised by UK law.
What are the Other Eligibility Requirements?
There are a number of other conditions which need to be met with Surinder Singh applications, relating both to the applicant and the person the applicant is basing their application on.
Both the applicant and the British citizen must prove that:
- They meet the eligibility in the EEA country they live in now (if they want to come to the UK at the same time)
- That they met the eligibility criteria in the EEA country which they were living together in (if the applicant wishes to join the British citizen in the UK)
The applicant must be able to demonstrate that they genuinely bult a life with the British citizen in another EEA country.
Both the applicant and the British citizen must prove that they lived together and integrated in the EEA country, and that this place has been their main residence or base for the centre of their life.
What are the Requirements of the British Citizen?
The British family member must either have the right to permanent residence in the EEA country, or has/have been one of the following:
- Working (including self-employment)
If the British citizen has been back in the UK for more than three months, they must be one of the following:
- Working (including self-employment)
- Actively looking for work
Required Documents for Surinder Singh Application
Now we have the main requirements out of the way, let’s take a look at which documents you will need to provide with the Surinder Singh application.
You will need to provide:
- A valid passport
- 2 passport-sized colour photographs
- Evidence of the relationship between the applicant and the British citizen. This could be a marriage certificate, civil partnership certificate or birth certificate
- Valid passport of the applicant’s family member, or a certified copy if you cannot provide the original
- A list showing the dates you have been in the UK
- A list of any other UK visa or immigration applications which the applicant has made
- A list which shows any immigration orders which have been taken against the applicant in the UK
- Proof that the applicant and British citizen lived together in another EEA country. This could be proof of address in the country, for instance
- Proof that the applicant and the British citizen were integrated in the EEA country. For example, this could be proof of speaking the local language or having a child that was born or lived there
The applicant will also need to provide proof that the British family member was working, studying or self-sufficient in the EEA country, and proof that the British family member is working, looking for work, studying or self-sufficient in the UK if they arrived more than three months ago.
Some of the documents which can be used as evidence include employer’s letters, contracts, wage slips, bank statements and attendance for studying papers.
Any documents which are not in English or Welsh must be translated by an accredited translator. When you submit your portfolio of evidence to the Home Office, you will need to include both the original documents and the translated ones.
Once you have ensured that you meet the eligibility criteria and have all the necessary documentation, you can begin the application process by completing the application form online. It is free to submit a Surinder Singh application.
You might be asked to attend an interview or provide additional documents after immigration officials have assessed your application.
If your application is accepted, your Surinder Singh permit will be valid for 6 months. You can enter and leave the UK as many times as you wish within that time frame. There are no work or education restrictions on Surinder Singh permit holders.
Can I Extend the Surinder Singh Permit?
Generally speaking, if you wish to extend your time in the UK after the 6 months, you will need to apply for an UK residence card.
You can apply for a UK residence card if your family member is classed as a ‘qualified’ person (working, looking for work, studying or self-sufficient).
It costs £65 to apply for a UK residence card. A UK residence card enables you to remain in the UK for up to five years. When the UK residence card expires, you will be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain status.