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EU Citizens Working in the UK

By: Louise Smith, barrister - Updated: 8 Feb 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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aida - Your Question:
Good morning,My husband is from Spain and I´m from Italy. We are currently living in the US while he is studying. We would like to move to the UK to get a job and continue studying. If there is any problem to get a job being a EU citizen? Do we need to get a sponsor for the work permit? I´m concerned about this because of the Brexit.Thank you so much for your help

Our Response:
You can also see all you need to know via the gov.uk link here , which explains the EU member status in full.
AboutImmigration - 9-Feb-18 @ 10:51 AM
@aida - The UK is still a full member of the EU and all EU citizens are free to come over to live and work. This may change after the UK leaves the EU so the sooner the better.
aida - 8-Feb-18 @ 5:47 PM
Good morning, My husband is from Spain and I´m from Italy. We are currently living in the US while he is studying. We would like to move to the UK to get a job and continue studying. If there is any problem to get a job being a EU citizen? Do we need to get a sponsor for the work permit? I´m concerned about this because of the Brexit. Thank you so much for your help
aida - 8-Feb-18 @ 3:14 PM
@Dr. JP Morgan - Norway is an EEA country therefore you are allowed to live and work in the UK without any restrictions like any other EU citizen.
TJ. - 6-Feb-18 @ 5:38 PM
Dr. JP Morgan - Your Question:
Hello fine sir, I'm a professional Norwegian rugby player, currently playing for my country at this years grand slammer international game. The question I ponder is this. If I am to meet a fine kvinne (woman) whilst in England, and we decide to get married, then am I allowed to stay in the UK? I think it would really help my career if I was able to play for the UK's national team too, considering how much better they are than my countries. If it helps, my dad owns a yacht and apart of a thriving boat club.

Our Response:
Regardless of whether you meet and marry a British citizen, you would not be allowed to remain in the UK beyond the terms of your visa.
AboutImmigration - 6-Feb-18 @ 3:54 PM
Ms Tommy (5/11 BTW) - Your Question:
Is there a height restriction on getting into the UK? Asking for a friend

Our Response:
There is no height restriction to entering the UK.
AboutImmigration - 6-Feb-18 @ 3:51 PM
Is there a height restriction on getting into the UK? Asking for a friend
Ms Tommy (5/11 BTW) - 6-Feb-18 @ 3:44 PM
Hello fine sir, I'm a professional Norwegian rugby player, currently playing for my country at this years grand slammer international game. The question I ponder is this. If I am to meet a fine kvinne (woman) whilst in England, and we decide to get married, then am I allowed to stay in the UK? I think it would really help my career if I was able to play for the UK's national team too, considering how much better they are than my countries. If it helps, my dad owns a yacht and apart of a thriving boat club.
Dr. JP Morgan - 6-Feb-18 @ 3:23 PM
@manu - You're wife is an EU citizen so she is able to work in the UK anytime she wishes. You are also allowed to come to the UK and work with an Irish stamp 4 but you must live here with your wife and you will alsobeventually have to apply for an EEA residence card in the UK as well.
TJ. - 2-Feb-18 @ 10:26 PM
hi my wife is hungarian and my baby is irish born he is a 4 year old i have a stamp 4 it is possible i am work in uk or my wife work is well
manu - 2-Feb-18 @ 7:10 PM
@Sandy - she can apply for the EEA family permit in Nepal
TJ. - 29-Jan-18 @ 4:18 PM
Yes it is legal but my wife is in Nepal.
Sandy - 28-Jan-18 @ 2:12 PM
@Sandy - You can apply for an EEA family permit / residence permit. There is a minimal charge and the basic requirement is that your marriage is legal.
TJ. - 28-Jan-18 @ 8:36 AM
Hi i am a portugese my wife is nepalese i am working in UK what is the process to bring her to Uk
Sandy - 28-Jan-18 @ 5:40 AM
@Ahmed - If they can find a visa that will allow them to come to the UK they should apply for it.
TJ. - 14-Jan-18 @ 1:50 PM
My familytwo years they living in the Germany Since 1Year They have password for three years now they want to come into the England they can’t or no
Ahmed - 13-Jan-18 @ 11:53 AM
@MrWorld_citizen - Until the UK leaves the EU, EU nationals are free to live in the UK without any restrictions. As per the deal the UK has reached with the EU on the rights of EU nationals, any EU citizens who come to the UK before March 2019 will be allowed to remain in the UK until they achieve settled status after 5 years provided they are working, studying, self employed or seeking employment. She will also be able to apply for British citizenship as soon as she gains settled status.
TJ. - 12-Jan-18 @ 1:56 AM
@Aj - If you are an EU citizen you can apply for a British passport for your child after you apply for and receive your Permanent Residency document.
TJ. - 12-Jan-18 @ 1:47 AM
Hello there, Great post. Hope you can help me too. I'm a male UK citizen. Met and fell in love with a female German citizen whilst on holiday. We have been together for a few months. Now we want to live together and work from the same place... It is still early days but we are starting to think about long term plans. Is it possible for her to start to live and work in the UK before the end of article 50 negotiations... Then if we stay together, can she then apply for citizenship? If not, can you please suggest any other suitable legal solutions? Or up-to-date websites to check out in relation to Brexit and Immigration. Kind regards.
MrWorld_Citizen - 11-Jan-18 @ 8:14 PM
If I work and livesince 2010 I have home office, and my child was born here 2017 can I apply for my child I'D card to traveling with him?thanks
Aj - 10-Jan-18 @ 10:34 AM
@CR - As soon as your friend is resident in the UK she can apply for an NHS number at the local GP
TJ. - 9-Jan-18 @ 11:07 AM
CR - Your Question:
Good afternoon,A good friend will move to work as au pair this January. She is EU citizen but unemployed. What she has to do to have NHS coverage? If she find a job to work some hours per week, will she has NHS coverage? Thanks for your help

Our Response:
You can see more via the NHS link here, which should tell you all you need to know.
AboutImmigration - 9-Jan-18 @ 9:39 AM
Good afternoon, A good friend will move to work as au pair this January. She is EU citizen but unemployed. What she has to do to have NHS coverage? If she find a job to work some hours per week, will she has NHS coverage? Thanks for your help
CR - 8-Jan-18 @ 2:43 PM
@Sonia - You can live and work in the UK anytime and if your wife is not an EU citizen she can apply for an EEA family permit to allow her to live and work in the UK with you. The permit has minimal requirements
TJ. - 6-Jan-18 @ 11:00 PM
I am.italian citizen but my wife is not.can I live n work in uk
Sonia - 6-Jan-18 @ 3:59 PM
@Lily - Your husband can apply for an EEA family permit as a spouse to remain in the UK for 5 years.
TJ. - 5-Jan-18 @ 1:08 AM
Hi I am an eu Citizen living in UK I am married to non eu citizen and have akid andshe is an eu citizen likeexcept my husband so how can I bring my husband to this countryplease tell me the way
Lily - 4-Jan-18 @ 10:52 PM
@The Sceptic - Your parents were probably settled in the UK before the UK even joined the EU however as long as the UK remains in the EU, the rights of EU citizens in the UK will remain unchanged. Permanent Residents in the UK will be able to apply for settled status in the UK next year with minimal costs and procedure and this will allow them to remain in the UK after Brexit however I doubt that this will apply to your parents. It should also be noted that it's very unlikely that there will be any visa requirements for EU citizens visiting the UK and vice versa after Brexit.
TJ. - 30-Dec-17 @ 7:29 AM
My spanish parents have been in the UK for over 50 years, have worked and paid their taxes. They're concerned they are going to have problems coming into the UK everytime they go on holidays to their homeland. Should they be concerned?
The sceptic - 29-Dec-17 @ 10:26 PM
@Noby you can use the old style Hungarian passport to enter the UK as long as it is still valid. Also note that when you arrive in the UK you will not be able to use the EU channel for passports as that passport is not biometric. You will have to see a border officer.
TJ. - 23-Nov-17 @ 8:59 AM
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