UK Border Agency Announces Changes to Immigration Rights of EEA Nationals

The UKBA recently announced that changes have been made to the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006, dealing specifically with the rights of EEA nationals (and their family members) to enter and live in the UK.

Changes include:

  • Amendments to reflect current operational practice
  • New rights of residence
  • Restrictions on free movement rights
  • The extension of refusal powers based on public policy, public health, and public security
  • Amended appeal rights

The regulations were amended to give effect to certain judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ), which establishes new rights to enter and reside in the UK and restricts the terms on which free movement rights can be exercised.

These changes will affect

  • Primary carers of self-sufficient EEA national children, children of EEA national workers or former workers where the child is in education in the UK
  • Primary carers of children of EEA national workers or former workers where the child is in education in the UK
  • Dependent children under the age of 18 of the primary carers in each of the aforementioned categories

A new application form will be available on the UKBA website shortly and guidance for applicants will be available on their website too – in the European Nationals section.

In the meantime, applicants must complete Form EEA2 and include a covering letter to explain the reason for their application. Applicants should post the form and letter to this address:

UK Border Agency
European Applications
PO Box 306
Dept 110
L2 0QN

For more information on these changes, download this detailed document.

If you have any visa or immigration-related questions, contact 1st Contact Visas.

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