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The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced important changes to the way that it returns documents to applicants under European law or EEA law applications.

The change affects new applications submitted on or after Monday 17 January 2011 using forms EEA1, EEA2, EEA3, EEA4 or FRMS.

The UKBA said:

‘If you want us to return your documents to you by a Royal Mail ‘signed for’ service, you will need to enclose a pre-paid, self-addressed Royal Mail Special Delivery (or Recorded Signed For delivery) envelope with your application.

‘The pre-paid envelope should be able to accommodate the size and weight of your documents, and should be insured to the appropriate level. See the Royal Mail website for more information.

‘If you do not enclose a pre-paid envelope, your documents will be returned using Royal Mail 2nd class post.

‘If you ask us to return your passport before your case is concluded so that you can travel abroad, we will use the pre-paid envelope to return your passport securely.

‘If we have received and acknowledged your application before 17 January 2011, we will return your documents securely by Recorded Delivery (unless you provide a pre-paid Special Delivery envelope) under the current arrangements.’ Source: UK Border Agency.

EEA nationals for the most part enjoy far more favourable conditions for partners, children and other relatives which in many cases would not be allowed in to Britain under UK immigration law.

European ‘freedom of movement’ rules are far less restrictive than UK immigration law for family members. For instance immediate family members such as, spouses, civil partners, children, parents and even grandparents would be allowed to join an EEA member in the UK applying under EEA law. Extended family such as a relative requiring care for a serious illness would also be allowed in under EEA applications.

Even a UK national exercising European ‘Treaty’ rights of freedom of movement within the EEA would benefit from Treaty law rules and make use of much more beneficial provisions for his or her non-EU family members.

See article:

UK Border Agency launch new website

The newly revised UK Border Agency website has a better look and feel and navigation seems faster, but previously published links to specific pages of the site may no longer exist.

For instance, the link for European Workers is now:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/applying/

The link for ‘Bulgarian and Romanian nationals‘ is:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/

The UK Border Agency and Home Office website contains a vast amount of information which can be difficult to wade your way through the guidance and Immigration Rules.

The navigation section for European workers from Bulgaria and Romania also appears to have been simplified although finding specific information is still a challenge.

Confusion remains over the need for Bulgarians and Romanians applying for BR1 Yellow Cards as students to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance cover. 

The BR1 Form in Section 9 states:

‘If sections 4 (Students) and 5 (Self-sufficient) have been completed: evidence of ‘Comprehensive Sickness Insurance’ cover in the UK and funds to show you are economically self-sufficient, e.g. a bank statement.’

In other words, the paragraph means you need comprehensive sickness insurance only if you are applying under both ‘student’ and ‘self sufficient’ sections.

Nevertheless, student applicants are being asked to take out private medical insurance policies and are being refused if they fail to supply the correct cover.

What is the correct insurance cover?

One insurance company manager told Immigration Matters that he has been trying to get clarification on the exact requirements from the UK Border Agency for several weeks.

Active Quote offers an easy to use online quotation and application system, but also has telephone support from advisers who are on hand to answer questions.

To obtain a quotation for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance visit the Active Quote website 

See article:

 

UK Border Agency launch new website

The newly revised UK Border Agency website has a better look and feel and navigation seems faster, but previously published links to specific pages of the site may no longer exist.

For instance, the link for European Workers is now:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/applying/

The link for ‘Bulgarian and Romanian nationals‘ is:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/

The UK Border Agency and Home Office website contains a vast amount of information which can be difficult to wade your way through the guidance and Immigration Rules.

The navigation section for European workers from Bulgaria and Romania also appears to have been simplified although finding specific information is still a challenge.

Confusion remains over the need for Bulgarians and Romanians applying for BR1 Yellow Cards as students to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance cover. 

The BR1 Form in Section 9 states:

‘If sections 4 (Students) and 5 (Self-sufficient) have been completed: evidence of ‘Comprehensive Sickness Insurance’ cover in the UK and funds to show you are economically self-sufficient, e.g. a bank statement.’

In other words, the paragraph means you need comprehensive sickness insurance only if you are applying under both ‘student’ and ‘self sufficient’ sections.

Nevertheless, student applicants are being asked to take out private medical insurance policies and are being refused if they fail to supply the correct cover.

What is the correct insurance cover?

One insurance company manager told Immigration Matters that he has been trying to get clarification on the exact requirements from the UK Border Agency for several weeks.

Active Quote offers an easy to use online quotation and application system, but also has telephone support from advisers who are on hand to answer questions.

To obtain a quotation for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance visit the Active Quote website

See also:

Special work permit application forms and guidance for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals published

European Union propose more control over UK law system, report says

Student Visa Public Consultation ends 31 January

If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Tier 2 Working Visas, Visa, ILR, Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: 

info@immigrationmatters.co.uk or visit www.immigrationmatters.co.uk

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