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Immigration: EU Nationals

Question for Home Office

UIN 59447, tabled on 10 January 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to change the basis on which EU nationals get permanent residency once the UK has left the EU.

Answered on

13 January 2017

At present, the UK remains in the EU. This means that EEA, Swiss and UK nationals continue to have the same rights and status that they had before the referendum.

This Government has been clear that we want to protect the status of EU nationals already living here and the only circumstances in which that would not be possible is if British citizens' rights in European member states were not protected.

Statistics on applications for Documents Certifying Permanent Residence issued to EEA nationals are published quarterly in table ee_02_q of the Immigration Statistics. These cover the period up to September 2016 and include data for grants, refusals and invalid applications (hence rejected). The most recent edition (European Economic Area data tables Immigration Statistics July to September 2016) is available at

The Home Office does not publish data on the reasons for ‘rejections’ in this category or the number of permanent residence cases that remain pending.

In line with Regulation 18(1) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations, a document certifying permanent residence must be issued to an EU national as soon as possible after an application and relevant documents have been submitted. The time taken to reach a decision will depend on the complexity of the case and the evidence supplied.

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