Dear Home Office,
I am a UK citizen with a UK passport. When entering the UK with a non-EU spouse, is my spouse entitled to join me in the EU queue, or do we have to join the non-EU queue in order not to be separated. Is there a UK-wide policy on this, or is it at the discretion of the Border Force at any given airport?
Dear P Chadwick,
Please be aware that we have decided to handle your correspondence of 28
March 2018 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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Home Office FOI Team
Thank you for your enquiry.
Queues at the border are divided into two groups: EU/EEA nationals and non
EU/EEA nationals because the legislation that governs the entry/ admission
of both categories is different.
British citizens and nationals of the EU/EEA are required to satisfy a
Border Force officer as to their nationality and identity. All other
passengers, including returning residents, will additionally have to have
their leave entitlement assessed in accordance with the Immigration Rules
on each arrival in the UK.
Queue management at UK passport control is the responsibily of local
Border Force duty mangers who role is to assess passengers flows and
allocate staff resources to the differnt queue option with a view to
expediditing the clesarance of passengers whilst maintaing the security of
the border. If travelling with your non-EEA spouse there is no reason, in
principle, why you should not clear UK passsport control together bearing
in mind that the local duty officer may use their descretion to determine
The Duty Officer
Border Force National Immigration & Customs Enquiries (BF NICE)
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