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I just came across a new (to me, at any rate) Home Office policy document entitled European Economic Area (EEA) case law and appeals which sets out the Home Office interpretation of various key EU law cases including Steymann, LevinAntonissen, Surinder Singh, Eind, O and S v Netherlands, McCarthy, Reyes and others.

It is nice to see O and S get a mention, at least, but the policy does not at all explore the obvious incompatibility of the case and the UK’s Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2006 as amended and the “centre of life” test. The summary is also pretty incomplete and misleading given that it omits to mention that residence and exercise of Treaty rights of over 3 months engages Surinder Singh principles.

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Colin Yeo

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder of the Free Movement immigration law website.


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  1. also whats interesting is that McCarthy just mentions who doesn’t benefit rather than anything about FP/visa not being required where non-EEA holds an Art10/20 RC.