If the EEA national (main applicant) terminates his contractual rights in the UK, his family members who are not EEA nationals, as a rule, lose the right to obtain a residence permit.
In some cases, however, this right remains for them.
1. In the event of the death of the principal applicant who has performed contractual rights or had a permanent residence permit, if a member of his family at that time lived in the UK for at least one year. At the same time, a family member must prove that he is fulfilling contractual rights, as if he were a citizen of the EEA.
2. In case of divorce, if at the date of the final dissolution of marriage (Decree Absolute), the citizen of the EEA:
- performed contractual rights or had a permanent residence permit;
- before the divorce, the couple was married for at least 3 years, and the couple lived together in the UK for at least a year;
- the spouse must show that she has contractual rights in the UK, as if he (a) was a citizen of the EEA.