EUSS Family Permit. What is a “valid” application?
You will be granted an entry clearance in the UK in the form of an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit where you make a valid application.
But what does it mean to make a valid application for a Family Permit?
Firstly, it means that you complete the correct online application form. If you complete a wrong form, your application will be rejected as invalid.
Secondly, it means that you provide the required proof of identity and nationality. What is the required proof of identity and nationality depends on whether you are a Swiss or an EEA citizen (a citizen of a Member State of the European Union, or a citizen of Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein), or a non-EEA citizen.
If you are a Swiss or an EEA citizen, you must provide a valid passport or a valid national identity card. A “valid” passport or a “valid” national identity card is one which is genuine, has not expired, and had not been cancelled or invalidated.
If you are a non-EEA citizen, you must provide as proof of identity and nationality your valid passport. Therefore, if you are a non-EEA citizen, you cannot provide a national identity card as proof of identity and nationality.
If you do not provide the required proof of identity and nationality, your application will be rejected as invalid.
Thirdly, you must provide the required biometrics, meaning a facial photograph of yours and your fingerprints. You will enrol your biometrics at the nearest visa application centre, which may be in your country where you apply from, or in a neighbouring one. The appointment is booked and paid for at the end of the online application process.
Children under the age of 6 do not need to provide their fingerprints.
If you do not provide the required biometrics, your application will not be considered.
In conclusion, if you complete the correct online application form, use a valid, accepted identity document, and provide your biometrics at the visa application centre, you make a valid application for an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit.
If you want to apply for an EUSS Family Permit and need specialist advice, feel free to contact me. Please note that I am an accredited immigration adviser, not an employee of the UK Visas and Immigration. I charge fees for the advice provided.