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EU Citizens Working in the UK

By: Louise Smith, barrister - Updated: 13 Oct 2018 | comments*Discuss
Eu Citizens Working In The Uk

Despite the vote to exit the EU, the UK will still remain a member of the EU until Article 50 negotiations have concluded. This means most citizens of countries in the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland have the right to live and work in the UK under European law. European nationals may also bring their family with them to live in the UK. However, to exercise the right to live in the UK nationals of these countries must be able to support themselves and their families without having to rely on public funds.

Anyone working in the UK must register with Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs and are liable to pay income tax and national insurance contributions provided their income exceeds the tax-free minimum.

Working in the UK

European nationals with the right to live in the UK are, with certain exceptions, are still entitled to work in the UK and do not need to obtain a visa or work permit in order to do so. European nationals have the same rights as UK citizens in this respect, and employers must treat them equally. An employer who treats an EEA or Swiss worker differently purely because he is not from the UK is guilty of discrimination.

EEA nationals and their family members can be employed, self-employed or start their own businesses in the UK. If the family members of an EEA national exercising his right to live in the UK are not themselves EEA or Swiss nationals they will have to apply for an EEA family permit before they travel to the UK.

Remaining in the UK

EU nationals who have lawfully resided in the UK for at least five years automatically have permanent residence. After six years, EU nationals who have lived continuously and lawfully in the UK are eligible to apply for British citizenship.

Croatian Nationals

Due to the transitional arrangements that were put in place when Croatia joined the EU in 2013,Croatian nationals may have to apply for a registration certificate to be allowed to work in the UK. This will depend on whether they need permission to work in the UK, and what they will be doing. Applications will continue to be processed as usual, despite the Brexit vote.

Document checks to work in the UK

To find out if a potential employee has the right to work in the UK and what documents employers should check, or if you want to find out which documents you, as an employee need to produce to prove you’re eligible to work in the UK, please see link here.

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Hi i am italian citizen also my son had italian citizenship. But my wifehad italian pr under my italian citizenshipwhich mean member of European union. But still in October she got uk 6 month resident family permit which valid march2019.we want to move uk before brexit. If i find a job.can my wife get extension of 5 year resident permit.
Sonu - 13-Oct-18 @ 9:34 PM
Hello im a Greek citizen . my husband is Albanian (not EU citizen) but after marriage he received cars as husband of the Greek citizen . we want to came in UK. Please tell me does my husband need a visa ??? or he can come n UK only with passport associated with card as husband of Greek citizen ? Thank you
RafaXG - 10-Oct-18 @ 9:36 PM
@ncalickolli - EU citizens will be able to come to the UK to study, live and work without any restriction until 2020
TJ. - 4-Oct-18 @ 3:28 PM
I am a duel citizen (Italian and Australian), and I am planning to move to the UK by May 2019 (with my Italian passport), will I still be able to work and live in the UK at that time? Or will I have trouble entering the border from Australia?
ncalickolli - 4-Oct-18 @ 8:45 AM
@Luciano Coniglio - You will be able to come to the UK any time before 2021 without restriction
TJ. - 25-Sep-18 @ 11:00 AM
Hi, I'm Italian I need to know if I can live and work only with my passport in UK before march 2019 or 2021? thanks
Luciano Coniglio - 25-Sep-18 @ 2:27 AM
Hello, sorry for bode ring, i'm an EU citizen, will i be able to come and search for a job aftermarch 2019???? And when the restrictions for EU citizens will start? for those that want to search a job in UK??
Marcus - 23-Sep-18 @ 8:37 PM
@Cicilia - It would be easier for you if you just apply for a Permanent Residency card and British citizenship.
TJ. - 22-Sep-18 @ 2:28 PM
Hi, I am a EU citizen living in the UK. I have lived here for 11 years.Once Brexit comes into effect is it possible for me to live 5-6 months outside of England but to also come back 5-6 months of the year to work temporarily? Would appreciate any feedback on this Kindly Cicilia Heck
Cicilia - 22-Sep-18 @ 10:22 AM
@wittepiet - EU citizens can live, work and study in the UK without restrictions until 2021
TJ. - 19-Sep-18 @ 2:17 PM
I want to work in the UK but the current circumstances and conditions about the Brexit negotiations make me think badly. Are EU citizens from now on obliged to get UK working visa in order to settle and to work? When I search for a job on websites, one of the requirements appears to be "UK working rights is essential." I am not conversant with the situation very well. Can someone enlighten me on this case? Thank you.
wittepiet - 19-Sep-18 @ 12:56 PM
@Koka - All you need is to apply for an EEA family permit. Documents required will be your passport, partner's passport and marriage certificate translated to English.
TJ. - 1-Sep-18 @ 9:05 PM
My husband and kids are Italian , am non eu We need to relocate to uk ,,,can I have residence what are the instructions and documents needed
Koka - 1-Sep-18 @ 5:37 PM
My friend is an Italian citizen who has lived in this country for 3 years. One of her daughters works in UK and the other at university in UK. After Brexit would her husband, who lives in Italy, be able to visit the UK to see his daughters?
Donald - 14-Aug-18 @ 9:31 AM
Hi, Myself and my 2 children have dual citizenship - ZA and EU.My husband only has ZA citizenship.We are looking to immigrate to the UK in 2019.When would be the latest that we can immigrate without having to get a work visa for myself?
RB - 13-Aug-18 @ 4:34 PM
@kami - EU citizens are free to move to the UK without any restrictions until 30.06.2021
TJ. - 8-Aug-18 @ 9:13 AM
IAmItalianCitizen AndIWant ToWorkand Live InEnglandAndIsImmigrationOpen OrWhatisLiving Criteria In UKbecause Now UKIsLeavingEuropean Union Please Guide Me
Kami - 8-Aug-18 @ 7:39 AM
@jon - I think it depends upon the final brexit deal and what the situation of free EU movement agreement ends up being. If no agreement is made then you'd have to apply for a visitor visa I'm sure. Col.
CO - 2-Aug-18 @ 10:45 AM
I am a non British and EU, EEA citizen. Have lived in Britain for periods over 5 years in past but currently living in middle east.My wife and kids are British citizens and we own a second residential second home in Britain as well as property investment footprint and directorship in UK ltds and have never been a burden to the UK state. If we wanted to move to Britain over the next few years I guess my family can just move as citizens but will I be stuck in the middle east?What if only my family lives in Britain will there be any changes if I wish to visit them?
jon - 1-Aug-18 @ 2:29 PM
@Henry - the proposed deadline date is 31.12.2020 but a deal has not yet been finalized
TJ. - 27-Jul-18 @ 6:29 PM
I am Portuguese. May I ask a question? Q: When is the deadline to arrive UK so that I stay and work five years to becomeeligible to apply UK citizenship? Is it 29 Mar 2019 or 31 Dec 2020 other else?
Henry - 27-Jul-18 @ 5:04 PM
I am Portuguese working in the Uk for the past one year. I want to bring two of my daughters to the UK after the Brexit deal is completed.That is, I may bring them to the UK in 2023. My question is will they be allowed entry and right to work in the UK by then ? Please advise me on this.Thank you. Neil
neil - 22-Jul-18 @ 9:50 AM
@Fidel - There has been no change in the rights of EU citizens loving in the UK.
TJ. - 21-Jul-18 @ 11:38 AM
Hi can anyone help me please. I am Portuguese an I live in France, I want to shift to Uk before brexit in March 29. To settle there in Uk, so will I get permanent status in Uk if I move there now. Thanks
Fidel - 21-Jul-18 @ 6:18 AM
Alexandra Sousa - Your Question:
I come from portugal to work in aa hotel Can I be fired after one week, even when is still two week from my flight back home?

Our Response:
Yes, you can be dismissed. Please see the link here.
AboutImmigration - 19-Jul-18 @ 12:05 PM
i come from portugal to work in aa hotel Can i be fired after one week, even when is still two week from my flight back home?
Alexandra Sousa - 18-Jul-18 @ 4:49 PM
@Madz - She will only be allowed to work in the UK if she is sponsored for a visa which allows her to work.
TJ. - 16-Jul-18 @ 1:13 PM
@Muna - The proposed cutoff date for EU citizens to come and live in the UK without restriction in 31.12.2020
TJ. - 16-Jul-18 @ 1:11 PM
Hi, Could you please help me with this question. I have a niece who is a Filipino citizen but also a Latvian resident. Is she allowed to work in the UK even though she is not a Citizen in Latvia but only a resident? Many thanks. Have a good day x
Madz - 16-Jul-18 @ 12:01 PM
The sister who is a Portuguese is studying in uk can her brother join her to continue studying in the u.k after brexitthat is after cut off date .What is the exact cut off date as per the draft agreement.brother living in kenya an e.u citizen
Muna - 15-Jul-18 @ 7:42 AM
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