Guidance: Treaty rights: caseworker guidance

Hm Passport Office

November 21
16:28 2023

Treaty rights


This guidance tells HM Passport Office staff how to deal with a passport application for a customer whose claim is through a European Economic Area national who exercised Treaty rights.

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Published 7 February 2012
Last updated 21 November 2023 +show all updates
  1. Guidance updated to include another example of when a child born after 1 July 2021 can have a claim using Treaty rights; and how to deal with applications where the customer is born between 2 October 2000 and 29 April 2006 but the EEA national was a worker or self-employed person who had ceased activity. Also removed instructions that told examiners to manually create system letter 591 if the application is on Digital Application Processing.

  2. This guidance has been updated to remove references to applications being on hold for customers born before 30 September 2004.

  3. Guidance updated throughout to include dates for exercising Treaty rights in Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man.

  4. Version 16.0 uploaded of guidance which includes a new section on Comprehensive sickness insurance: refunds and compensation requests and updates to About: Treaty rights passport applications section as HM Passport Office has suspended first time applications for people born in the UK to EEA parents between January 1983 and October 2000 whilst the Home Office assesses a recently identified legal issue.

  5. Updated guidance published.

  6. Updated guidance.

  7. Updated guidance throughout.

  8. First published.

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