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Independent Monitoring Authority reflects on first year in operation

The Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements (IMA) has demonstrated it is prepared to take action where there is evidence of a systemic breach of EU and EEA EFTA citizens’ rights as it marks its first year in operation.

IMA reaches agreement with HMRC to resolve delays in EU citizens’ access to benefits

The Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements (IMA) has engaged with HMRC to resolve delays experienced by EU citizens when obtaining National Insurance documentation.

Judicial Review Claim Issued by IMA

The Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements (IMA) has today (14 December 2021) issued judicial review proceedings against the Home Office, as it considers their position that citizens who fail to apply for Settled Status before the expiry of their Pre-Settled Status automatically lose their rights, is unlawful.

Home Office confirms revision of EEA family permit policy

The Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements (IMA) has welcomed confirmation from the Home Office that EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) family permits can be granted to dependent relatives who are extended family members of EU or EEA EFTA citizens who applied for an EEA family permit before 31 December 2020 and would have been granted this, including on appeal, had the route not closed on 30th June 2021.

Amended Childcare Offer Legislation Welcomed by IMA

The Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements has welcomed a move by the Department for Education (DfE) to amend legislation which could have excluded some EU and EEA EFTA families living and working in England from receiving childcare.

IMA Issues Pre-Action Protocol Letter to the Home Office

The IMA has today (Friday, 15 October) issued a Pre-Action Protocol letter* to the Home Office. The letter sets out in detail the IMA’s concerns that EU, EEA and EFTA citizens and their family members will lose their residence status if they do not apply for settled status before the expiry of their pre-settled status.

IMA calls on universities to follow latest guidance on EUSS for students

The IMA is advising that all UK universities and colleges should ensure they are aware of the latest guidance for students who have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).

IMA launches campaign to promote awareness of EU citizens’ rights

The Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements (IMA) has launched a campaign to increase understanding of EU and EEA EFTA citizens’ rights in the UK and Gibraltar after Brexit.

Home Office asked to clarify the rights of EU citizens applying late to the EU Settlement Scheme

The Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements (IMA) is highlighting that EU and EEA EFTA citizens who have applied late to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) must have their rights upheld by public bodies in the UK.

IMA reaches second early case resolution with local authority over EU citizens’ housing access

The Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements (IMA) has reached a second early case resolution with a local authority over EU citizens’ access to social housing support.