Immigration: EU Nationals

Home Office written question – answered on 10th January 2017.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many EU nationals in the United Kingdom have obtained the right to permanent residency; and how many applications for permanent residency are pending.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department

EU nationals who have lived continuously and lawfully in the UK for at least 5 years automatically acquire a permanent right to reside under EU law. They can if they wish apply for documentation to confirm this right but there is no obligation nor requirement to do so. Statistics on grants of Documents Certifying Permanent Residence issued to EEA nationals are published quarterly in table ee_02_q of Immigration Statistics, which has been attached to this response.

EEA Statistics (Excel SpreadSheet, 911.63 KB)

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