*Ahmad v Secretary of State for the Home Department

Immigration – Appeal. The issue for determination was whether the condition, under art 7(1)(c) of Directive (EC) 2004/38, that the appellant's wife should have comprehensive sickness insurance cover in the United Kingdom had been satisfied, as she had been entitled to use the National Health Service (the NHS). The Court of Appeal, Civil Division held that the conditions in art 7(1) of the Directive were to be interpreted strictly. Accordingly, the fact that the wife would be entitled to treatment under the NHS was nothing to the point and the appellant was not entitled to qualify for permanent residency in the UK.

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