Changes to the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006

On 16 July 2012, the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 will change. The amended regulations will set out the rights of EEA nationals and their family members to enter and reside in the UK and will also confirm the criteria for rights to permanent residence.

The amended regulations will set out the rights of EEA nationals and their family members to enter and reside in the UK and will also confirm the criteria for rights to permanent residence.

The key changes to the regulations include:

New rights of residence;
Restrictions on free movement rights;
Amendments to reflect current operational practice;
Amendments to implement agreements reached with the European Commission or stakeholders in relation to the UK’s Implementation of Directive 2004/38/EC;
The extension of refusal powers based on public policy, public health, and public security; and
Amended appeal rights.