Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
Directive 2004/38/EC gives UK nationals the right to travel and reside freely across the EEA.
An EEA National resident in the UK is entitled to apply for an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
Any family member travelling with their EEA National family member, regardless of nationality is entitled to be treated equally to their family member.
As an EEA National is able to receive an EHIC in the UK, I am making a formal request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please provide me with any information you might store which will answer the following query. This information is likely to be stored in guidance notes, or perhaps even in a departmental "What is and isn't a fraudulant application" instruction manual relating to an EHIC.
If a UK (British) Citizen is resident in the UK, are they entitled to apply for an EHIC for their non-EU spouses who are not resident in the UK, for use when they travel across the EU under Directive 2004/38/EC.
I am happy to recieve a formal confirmation as to whether applying for an EHIC for a non-EU spouse not resident in the UK would be seen as fraudulant or not.
If an application for an EHIC issued by the UK for say a non-EU spouse / Child / dependant parent is a possibility, please provide me with the information you hold on the application process in such circumstances.
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Dear Wayne Pearsall,
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