Kilkis wrote:No, as far as I know they don't care how long you have had the residence certificate.
The procedure used to be:
1 Apply for your UK State Pension.
2 Once you are in receipt of your UK State Pension contact DWP Overseas Healthcare Team and ask for an S1 Form.
3 Take the S1 Form to IKA along with your passport plus photocopies plus a couple of photographs and get your IKA Health Book.
4 Go to the relevant police station with your passport plus photocopies, 4 (or 3 or 5 or 6) photographs, proof of address, e.g. Notary contract or rental agreement, proof of income and your IKA Health Book and apply for Residence Certificate.
I am not sure exactly how it works now because there appears to be a Catch 22 situation in that you need your IKA book to get your residence certificate but you need your residence certificate to get your Health Book. I have no idea how you resolve that.
GlennB wrote:...We feared this when there was a suggestion we'd need the blue residence permit to renew IKA. Back when we first got our residence permit (pre our S1 entitlement) we took out some cheapish general health insurance to satisfy the police, though in the end they didn't even ask about our health cover.
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