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IMA launches website Issues Log to inform public of work to uphold EU citizens’ rights

Citizens, advocacy groups and other interested individuals will be able to view the issues being investigated by the Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements (IMA) in a new website dashboard launched today (Tuesday 26 April).

EU Ambassador to the UK visits the Independent Monitoring Authority

EU Ambassador to the UK, João Vale de Almeida, visited the headquarters of the Independent Monitoring Authority (IMA) in Swansea on Friday 4 March to meet staff and hear about its work.

IMA survey to understand EU citizens’ awareness of their rights in the UK

The Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements (IMA) is seeking the views of European nationals and their family members* in its second annual survey to measure citizens’ awareness of their rights, their confidence about being treated equally and their experiences of the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).

IMA reminds EU citizens to update UK Visas and Immigration accounts to avoid border delays

The Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements (IMA) is reminding all EU and EEA EFTA citizens entering the UK to travel with the ID document registered to their UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) account to help prevent further checks at the UK border.

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.