February 2017 – The Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/20152) as amended by the Immigration (European Economic Area) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/1) came into effect on 1st Feb 2017.
New forms and guidance were published on the same day. Whilst the use of the forms is now supposed to be mandatory, both the guidance for EEA (PR) and the EEA (FM) form are still referring to using the form as optional. In addition the EEA Qualified Persons Modernised Guidance which was also published on 1st Feb 2017, states that applicants ‘should’ rather than ‘must’ complete a form.
Non-EEA family members applying at the same time as the EEA principal applicant can now use the online application service.