Criminal convictions both in the UK and abroad have to be declared, but only those convictions that appear in your criminal record as per the law of the country of conviction at the time of applying, have to be declared.
Additionally, you also need to declare any involvement in terrorism, war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide.
All applicants aged 18 and over have to declare criminal convictions as well as involvement in terrorism, war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide.
All applications are subject to a check against the Police National Computer (PNC) and the Warnings Index (WI). In some cases, they will also carry out overseas criminal record checks.
Applications will be refused if at the date of decision, the applicant is subject to a removal decision, unless the removal decision has been set aside or no longer has effect. This means only applications from people who are subject to such a decision at the time their case is being decided, will be refused, not anyone who has previously had such a decision against them.
The caseworker guidance on suitability clearly states:
A person will not meet the threshold for removal under the EEA Regulations 2016 on the grounds of their non-exercise of rights under Directive 2004/38/EC solely because they are a student or self-sufficient person who does not hold comprehensive sickness insurance.