Validity of EEA Residence Cards after December 31st 2020

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Dear Home Office,

The available information regarding the validity of EEA Residence Cards is contradictory.

On the application page for new residence cards (https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-a-uk-reside...), it indicates that current cards will not be valid after December 31st 2020 with the following wording: "If you already have a residence card it will not be valid after 31 December 2020."

Two things confuse the matter:

* Upon specific request, the EU Settlement Scheme resolution centre has advised that if a EEA Residence Card has been used as main document to apply for the Settlement Scheme, then this card will remain valid past December 31st 2020, and until their printed expiration date. This information is not made clear anywhere in the official status outcome letter that one receives when one is issued a status under the Settlement Scheme. It is also not publicly available anywhere obvious.

* New EEA residence cards have been issued throughout 2020 with expiration date of June 30th 2021.

Questions:

1. Is the advise from the EU Resolution centre regarding the expiration date of EEA residence cards correct? If so, could this information please be made publicly available, in an obvious location that can be easily referred to?

2. When do new EEA residence cards issued in 2020 expire? On June 30th 2021, or on December 31st 2020?

3. What is the exact procedure that border control officials must follow after December 31st 2020, if presented with a EEA Residence Card? Should they refuse entry to its holder, on the basis of its expiration on December 31st 2020? Or, can they check first if the card has been used to successfully apply to the Settlement Scheme, and therefore allow the holder entry upon confirmation of electronic status?

Yours faithfully,

Julia Diaz

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Ms Diaz,

Please be aware that we have decided to handle your correspondence of 2 December outside the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. This is because it does not meet the criteria for a Freedom of Information request, as it does not ask for recorded information.

Below is a link to the ICO guidance for the criteria for valid requests under the Act:
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We will provide an answer to your query, but it will be answer outside of the provisions of the Act. You should expect to receive a response in due course.

Thank you,

P. Zebedee
FOI Requests
Home Office

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Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your e-mail of 2 December 2020.

Our response to your enquiry will involve asking for or disclosing your personal data. We cannot do this via ‘WhatDoTheyKnow.com’, which is a public website. I would therefore be grateful if you would let us have your personal e-mail to which we can reply.

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Yours faithfully,

UK Visas and Immigration

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Dear Home Office,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Home Office's handling of my FOI request 'Validity of EEA Residence Cards after December 31st 2020'.

I received an answer, which I quote:

"Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your e-mail of 2 December 2020.

Our response to your enquiry will involve asking for or disclosing your personal data. We cannot do this via ‘WhatDoTheyKnow.com’, which is a public website. I would therefore be grateful if you would let us have your personal e-mail to which we can reply.

Please also refer to our website for guidance by using this link:

https://www.gov.uk/homeoffice

In accordance with the new data regulations we have updated our Privacy Information Notice and you can find out more by going to:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

Or:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...

Yours faithfully,

UK Visas and Immigration

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That's it. I can reply publicly, but there is absolutely no indication how I can share my personal email address with them. Not doing that via a public reply, therefore, I have arrived at an impasse. Please provide a private means of replying to that message.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/v...

Yours faithfully,

non-EU citizen

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Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for contacting the Home Office. We cannot deal with your email as an internal review. Your initial query was not processed under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

You are advised to contact the Home Office business area that responded to your query for advice.

Regards

N McKenzie
Home Office

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