Dear Home Office,

I want to know if non-EEA members who are financially dependent like parents or parents in law can exercise the surinder singh route.

This is not a general enquiry, as the websites and other source of information provide the information in pieces and no where it provides the answer to my query. Have also tried the UKBA home office enquiry numbers with no success.

EEA-Family Permit pages says that financially dependent parents are allowed to have eea-family permit visa (http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/euciti... whereas the information regarding Surinder Singh does not mention about the parents as dependent but only spouse and children (http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/policy...

As per my understanding, Surinder Singh route applies to EEA family permit and hence should be valid for financially dependent parents but will appreciate the correct information from yourselves

Yours faithfully,
Gaurav

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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 'Surinder Singh Route for Parents'.

I did not get any answer to my query but was asked to contact the European Contact Centre at 0845 010 5200 for getting the answer to my request. I did that but they have clearly said that they cannot help in this regard.

I just want to know as per the rule if Surinder Singh route can be used for financial dependent parents or parents-in-law. This is not a general enquiry, as the websites and other source of information provide the information in pieces and no where it provides the answer to my query.

Request an internal review and correct response to my query at the earliest.

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

Yours faithfully,

Gaurav Syal

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European Operational Policy Enquiries, Home Office

Dear Mr Syal,

 

Thank you for your email of 8 November to the Home Office Freedom of
Information team seeking clarification of whether dependent parents can
qualify for residence documentation under the Surinder Singh route.  Your
email has been passed to this team to respond to, as we are responsible
for policy guidance on European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and their
family members.  I understand the Freedom of Information team has advised
you that your query is being dealt with as a general policy enquiry, since
you are seeking clarification of the policy rather than requesting the
release of documents or recorded information held by the Home Office. 

 

I can confirm that the Surinder Singh route applies to direct family
members, as defined by regulation 7(1)(a)-(c) of the Immigration (European
Economic Area) Regulations 2006 (‘the EEA Regulations’), provided they
meet the requirements set down in regulation 9 of the EEA Regulations. 
Direct family members for these purposes are:

 

·         the spouse or civil partner of the British citizen, provided
they lived with the British citizen in the EEA state in which the British
citizen was exercising free movement rights;

·         direct descendants (children, grandchildren) of the British
citizen, or of the British citizen’s spouse or civil partner, provided
they are aged under 21 or dependent on the British citizen or the British
citizen’s spouse/civil partner; and

·         dependent direct relatives in the ascending line (i.e. parents
and grandparents) of the British citizen, or of the British citizen’s
spouse or civil partner.

 

Therefore, a financially dependent parent of a British citizen can qualify
under Surinder Singh/regulation 9, provided the British citizen was
engaged in genuine and effective employment or self-employment in another
EEA state before returning to the UK. 

 

You can view the provisions of the EEA Regulations referred to above via
the following link:

[1]http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2006/...

 

I hope this has clarified the position. 

 

Kind regards,

 

 

European Operational Policy Team

Operational Policy & Rules Unit

Immigration & Border Policy Directorate

Home Office

 

 

 

 

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Meliana Pearsall left an annotation ()

OP. I hope that the information contained within http://singhroute.info might be beneficial to yourself. There are also a number of Facebook Groups setup such as 'EEA Visa... EU Free Movement' and http://fb.me/surindersinghroute

Raj left an annotation ()

Hi Gaurav, Thanks for raising this request. The provided useful information. I am also will to exercise Surinder Singh Route for Parents. Please can you get in touch on raj_agg_uk@yahoo.com so that I can seek some more guidance from you. thx Raj

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