I'm a German citizen who has lived in the UK since 2006. With Brexit and all, I thought it was about time I got my permanent residence document. I started as a high school student in 2006, and graduated from Uni in 2013. I've been either self-employed or unemployed since then (with other odd jobs and global travels sprinkled in).
I thought I acquired permanent residence status in January of 2011, however, I like so many other students, only now realize they must have been covered by comprehensive sickness insurance (CSI) to qualify for permanent residence.
I know some have said if I got a residence card before the CSI requirement kicked in in June of 2011, I would still be covered. I didn't do that.
Here's the kicker: My earliest letter from a school dates to January of 2006, and so theoretically, I acquired the status in 2011 - 6 months before the new law went into affect. Now my thinking is that once I have the status, no one can take it away from me as long as I'm physically present in the country and never gone for more than 2 years (the time period set by the EU for loss of permanent residence). So, I should be able to apply for the proof document without showing proof of insurance.
However, the language I've read is confusing. It seems that maybe the requirement was always there, but before they didn't require it for the application.
Is it true that only "new permanent residents" after 2011 need CSI? Or are they saying this was always the case..the only difference now is they're going to ask for proof of it?
Does that question make sense?