customs and immigration – UK Public Health Passenger Locator Form: Privacy and Data Retention Period

How long is any information supplied through the UK Public Health Passenger Locator Form kept for, when some EU citizen travels from the EU to England by plane, as of now (or 12 July 2020: it doesn’t matter because the information supplied through the form may vary, but the retention policy will probably stay)?
The form says that

the information you provide will be used by the Home Office and Public Health England, as described in the privacy policy.

Now such privacy policy, under section “How long we keep your personal information for”, is rather vague. I will analyze some relevant portions here below:

We will keep your personal information for as long as it is necessary for permitted purposes.

This doesn’t convey anything.

In the borders, immigration and citizenship system, we maintain a long-term record of immigration history and immigration offending to support future decision-making and enforce penalties.

This suggests they can keep this data forever.

Personal data will be typically retained for 25 years after a decision to grant settlement or naturalisation and for 15 years after the last action in other cases.

This suggests they might keep this data for 15 years.

At the border, passenger name records data is retained for up to 10 years. Advance passenger information may be retained for 10 years.

This is unclear, because “advance passenger information” is generally used as a technical term, often abbreviated by API, which until the start of this year essentially meant “Passport No / ID No”.

However, it should be noted that the Jay Inquiry, which commenced in February 2015, has placed a moratorium on the disposal of all records throughout the Home Office, including all operational records and case files. This is currently in force and will remain so until further notice. It does not apply where there is a statutory requirement to delete data.

This again implies they can keep the data forever.

I haven’t tried calling the “Form and self-isolation helpline” yet, but I doubt they’ll provide any further information. Furthermore, I’d prefer reading some published governmental policy paper rather than hearing by phone from some unknown employee.

Incidentally, the Republic of Ireland is extremely clear instead:

This form and any copies of it, and any updates that you send using the (email) email address, will be destroyed 28 days after your arrival, unless the form is required for law enforcement purposes.

customs and immigration – Is Schengen National Visa type D is same as Resident Permit?

I am stranded in my home country (India) and trying to go back to my workplace in Poland. I have long term National Visa Type D along with work permit. Most of the rules given on Airline and Embassy websites say people with permanent or temporary Resident Permit are allowed to board the flights or enter the Schengen area.

Is National Visa type D considered as resident permit or not?

I know there are dedicated resident permits which we have to apply (like Karta Pobytu in Poland). However, I am confused with this condition. I have contacted Airlines, they said ONLY resident permit holders are allowed. Polish border guards say Resident Permit or Work Permit holders are allowed.

… the foreigners possessing a right to work on the territory of the Republic of Poland i.e. the foreigners entitled to work on the same grounds as Polish citizens, the foreigners possessing work permits, work permits for a seasonal work …. are able to present documents which confirms that they will start work shortly after entry to Poland,…

But none of them confirmed or denied whether I will be allowed. Can anyone help me with this matter?

Just extra information, I have already applied for a temporary resident permit (Karta Pobytu) last year which is already approved last month (I have scanned decision letter). However, to get the card, I have to personally go to their office in Poland and provide my fingerprints.

customs and immigration – Are there Schengen airports besides Budapest with border “holes”?

Due to COVID-19, many Schengen arrivals in Budapest take place at the non-Schengen sector. As such, despite doing a Schengen -> non-Schengen transfer, I won’t be clearing any Schengen exit control at all. Beats me how those needing an exit stamp would get one (I just e-mailed the airport police and asked out of curiosity – the officers hanging around here don’t speak English).

Are there any other Schengen airports with this, IMO, serious hole in the external Schengen border?

customs and immigration – UK to continental Europe and back, same rules for air or surface travel?

Short version: Are there separate (COVIS 19) rules for travel between the UK and the Netherlands, and Belgium or France, based on the mode of transport, (flights or ferries and trains.)

Long version: My long distance relation boyfriend and I usually meet each other a few times each year, him traveling to continental Europe (the Netherlands, Belgium, France) or me from the Netherlands to the UK and the other coming to the same place.
We select our mode of travel based on convenience, cost and a bit of environmental concern.

In these COVID 19 days we wonder whether there is a difference how quarantaine (or self isolation) rules work between the different modes of transport.

As we are each citizen in our own country, visa rules do not matter to us, but for completeness sake, if there is a real difference that can be included.

At the time of writing, there seems to be a huge difference in cancelation rates, with flights being cancelled more often than they happen but as I expect changing the quarantaine rules to change that, I want to keep that out of this question. I may ask a different question if it seems relevant.

customs and immigration – UK to continental Europe and back, air or surface travel?

My long distance relation boyfriend and I usually meet each other a few times each year, him traveling to continental Europe (the Netherlands, Belgium, France) or me from the Netherlands to the UK and the other coming to the same place.
We select our mode of travel based on convenience, cost and a bit of environmental concern.

In these COVID 19 days we wonder whether there is a difference how quarantaine (or self isolation) rules work between the different modes of transport.

As we are each citizen in our own country, visa rules do not matter to us, but for completeness sake, if there is a real difference that can be included.

At the time of writing, there seems to be a huge difference in cancelation rates, with flights being cancelled more often than they happen but as I expect changing the quarantaine rules to change that, I want to keep that out of this question. I may ask a different question if it seems relevant.

customs and immigration – Uk visit visa Host

Stack Exchange Network


Stack Exchange network consists of 177 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

customs and immigration – Practical implication of Judgment in Case C-754/18 to family members of EU citizens according to EU 2004/38/EC

CJEU recently made a Judgment in Case C-754/18.

http://curia.europa.eu/juris/documents.jsf?num=C-754/18

What practical implications it may have to family members of EU citizens according to EU 2004/38/EC.

The first point made by CJEU is that a permanent residence card according to Article 20 is at least equivalent to residence card according to Article 10.

Honestly, to claim otherwise is very stupid and I remember that European Commision already said it years before. Finally, there is a final argument to this topic.

The second point, for me much more interesting, is that CJEU decided that once a status as a family member of EU citizen according to EU 2004/38/EC is proven in one member state then a border guard is not allowed to question the status (unless there is an misuse or fraud).

From my experience, the police is very restrictive regarding Article 3/1 Beneficiaries of EU 2004/38/EC “a family member who is accompanying or joining the EU citizen”.

Firstly, the police does not even know the EU law. Then, they demand an absolute proof of accompanying or joining according to Article 3/1.

Do I understand that this police practise is over? The CJEU said clearly that a residence card according to Article 10 or 20 proves the status and police cannot further question it.

I am currently forcing criminal charges against German police as they completely failed to recognise my wife as a family member of EU citizen according to EU 2004/38/EC making all kind of stupid excuses. My wife clearly identified herself with residence cards according to Article 10 and 20.

What is your experience?

customs and immigration – What is rule of law in the UK like surrounding visa applications?

If a very up scale law firm is hired to submit your visa application, is the likelihood of it being accepted compared with a less notable law firm any different, otherwise under the same circumstances? Obviously the British culture is built around personal connections and class and power and I suppose that’s fairly deeply ingrained, or is that just myth and not applicable at this point in history? Is there anything that higher class law firms can do (other than charge you more money) that lower scale firms can’t?

customs and immigration – Can holders of a residence permit issued by an EU/EFTA state enter Hungary if Hungary has opened its borders to the nationals of that state?

Sorry for the clumpsy title (edits would be appreciated).

Hungary has now relaxed the control at internal borders. According to the US embassy in Hungary, Citizens from neighbouring EU countries (Austria, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, with the exception of Romania) as well as Germany, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Norway, and Iceland can now enter Hungary without restrictions.

According to the Swiss embassy, citizens of all EU/EFTA states and Serbia can now enter Hungary without restrictions since June 18.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to find an official Hungarian source on these to see if (temporary or permanent) residence permit holders from e.g. Austria (neighbouring) or Switzerland (not neighbouring) can enter Hungary in a similar manner as the nationals of those countries.

For example, this press release says

During today’s Operational Group press conference, Róbert Kiss, Lieutenant Colonel of the Hungarian Police Force, reported that people can now enter Hungary from the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia and from Friday Croatia without the need for compulsory home quarantine.

without specifying citizenship/residence/etc.

The border information on the Hungarian police website appears to have not been updated since June 12, it only mentioned exceptions for neighbouring states but not other EU/EFTA countries.

customs and immigration – How many years I have to live in the UK to get UK citizenship?

I wonder how long it should take to get citizenship in the UK? I am currently living for almost five years in the Uk as an EU citizen. However, I would like to know what should I do in order to get it, and if so, what benefits will this give me? I know there is information out there about that, but I would like to see some real case scenario that someone experienced.