Comprehensive sickness insurance for family members of EEA national students

On 2 June 2015 the Home Office announced that new changes to the requirements for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (CSI) for family members of EEA students will come into force on 22 June 2015.

As known, prior the 6th of April 2015, family members of EEA nationals who are residing in the UK as students were not required to hold Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (CSI). On 6 April 2015, changes were made to bring the requirements for family members of students in line with those for the family members of self-sufficient persons and as of 22 June 2015 all applications for registration certificates or residence cards will be decided in line with the amended European Regulations 2006.

Where an application for registration certificate or residence card has been received prior the 22nd of June 2015, it will be considered according the Regulation in place prior this date. This means that an application is likely not to be refused where the family member of EEA national student did not have CSI.

Applications for permanent residence, on the other hand, are assessed according to the qualifying period under consideration. For example, where the application was submitted prior 22 June 2015 and remains outstanding on this date, the CSI covering period of five years ending on the date of the submission of the application must be provided only for the EEA national main applicant. However, if the application were to be submitted after 22 June 2015, the main applicant should provide evidence of the CSI covering the whole five years period under consideration and for the EEA family member, covering period from 22 June 2015 until the date when the application in submitted to the Home Office.