This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Centre of life guidance for Surinder Singh'.



 
 
 
 
 
International and Immigration 
020 7035 4848 
Policy Group (IIPG) 
(switchboard) 
2 Marsham Street 
 
London SW1P 4DF 
www.gov.uk/home-
office 
 
 
Sukwant Singh 
 
 
 
Sent By email –  
request-192568-
cc610363@whatdotheyknow.c
om 
 
 
23 January 2014 
 
 
Dear Mr Singh, 
 
FOI Request 30270 
 
Thank you for your correspondence dated 12 January which concerns guidance in relation 
to the „centre of life‟ test which must be met by applicants applying for residence 
documentation under regulation 9 of the Immigration (European Economic Area) 
Regulations 2006, as amended on the 1 January. Your request has been handled as a 
request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  
 
In your email you state: 
 
“It appears clear that you have issued new Centre of life guidance for Surinder Singh to 
case workers. 
 
“Can you please provide all policy updates. Home office circulars. And full copies of 
guidance in relation to the new regulation 9.3 of [the EEA Regulations] 2006 that was 
introduced on Jan 1. 2014.” 
 
In respect of policy updates and guidance, I can confirm that the Home Office holds the 
information you have requested and I am disclosing this at Annexes A and B to this 
response.   
 
Annex A contains the relevant training slides used in training staff on the new 
requirements.  There are seven pages in total.  
 
Annex B („Notice 02/2014 – Surinder Singh‟) is guidance issued by the European 
operational policy team for use by caseworkers assessing applications made under the 
Surinder Singh route from 1 January 2014 (three pages in total).  
 
 
 
 

Please note that names and telephones numbers of individual staff members have been 
redacted from Annex B on the ground that this constitutes personal data and is therefore 
exempt from disclosure under section 40(2) of the Act.  The exempted sections are 
marked as redacted. 
 
I can confirm that the Home Office has not issued any “Home Office circulars” on this 
subject.  
 
If you are dissatisfied with this response you may request an independent internal review 
of our handling of your request by submitting a complaint within two months to the address 
below, quoting reference FOI 30270.  If you ask for an internal review, it would be helpful if 
you could say why you are dissatisfied with the response.  
 
Information Access Team 
Home Office 
Ground Floor, Seacole Building 
2 Marsham Street 
London SW1P 4DF 
e-mail: xxxx.xxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx.xxx.xx 
 
As part of any internal review the Department's handling of your information request will be 
reassessed by staff who were not involved in providing you with this response.  If you 
remain dissatisfied after this internal review, you would have a right of complaint to the 
Information Commissioner as established by section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act. 
 
Yours sincerely 
 
 
 
P Grant 
European Operational Policy Team