A residence permit is a document or card required in some regions, allowing a foreign national to reside in a country for a fixed or indefinite length of time.
These may be permits for temporary residency, or permanent residency.
The exact rules vary between regions. In some cases a temporary residence permit is required to extend a stay past some threshold, and can be an intermediate step to applying for permanent residency. Apply for your Resident Permit Online
Residency status may be granted for a number of reasons and the criteria for acceptance as a resident may change over time. In New Zealand the current range of conditions include being a skilled migrant, a retired parent of a New Zealand National, an investor and a number of others.
Apply for a UK residence card
Documents you must provide
Permanent residence card
Your card has not arrived
Correct mistakes on your card
Report a lost or stolen card
Get a replacement residence card
You do not need to apply for a residence card to prove you can live in the UK unless you’re both:
from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
an extended family member of someone from the EEA or Switzerland
If you already have a residence card it will not be valid after 31 December 2020.
There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021. You and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK. Apply for your Resident Permit Online
Who should currently apply
You do not need to apply for a residence card as a family member of an EEA or Swiss national, but it can:
help you re-enter the country more quickly and easily if you travel abroad
show employers you’re allowed to work in the UK
help prove you qualify for certain benefits and services
You must apply for a residence card if you’re an extended family member.
You must apply for a derivative right of residence card if you’re the carer of an EEA citizen or UK national, the carer’s child, or the child of a former worker from the EEA and you’re currently in education.
How long it lasts for
A residence card usually lasts up to 5 years.