Immigration: EU Nationals

Home Office written question – answered on 28th March 2017.

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Photo of Deidre Brock Deidre Brock Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Scottish Parliament/Scottish Government Liaison), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Devolved Government Relations)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for permanent residency from nationals from other EU countries who have been in the UK for a continuous period of five years have been rejected due to the applicant being (a) self-sufficient or (b) a student for a period during that residency without a comprehensive sickness insurance policy in each of the last five years.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill The Minister for Immigration

The information requested is not collated on centrally held statistical databases and could only be produced at disproportionate cost by examination of individual case files.

Applications for documentation certifying permanent residence are refused where they do not meet the requirements set out in EU law in the Free Movement Directive. The Free Movement Directive is clear that those who wish to rely on periods of residence as a student or self-sufficient person must have held comprehensive sickness insurance in order for their residence to count towards permanent residence status.

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