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EU Citizens Working in the UK

By: Louise Smith, barrister - Updated: 30 Sep 2020 | 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 an Italian citizen and I was wondering if I can apply to any job offers located in UK
Ianus - 30-Sep-20 @ 10:35 AM
I have my cousin she's from Italy and she wants to come To work inUKwhat dose she needs . Does she also needs a visa to work in UK letme know please Also let me know what type of document does she need if she coming from Italy to UK
AZIZ - 18-Sep-20 @ 6:37 PM
My boyfriend and i have been living together for 2 years and we are looking to move and live in the UK. He has a France passport and i have a Singapore passport. Does he have full working rights in London? Are we able to apply for civil partnership so i can have full working rights there as well? Thank you in advance!
Majesta - 31-Jul-20 @ 6:47 AM
I am a Portuguese citizen and I want to go live in uk from 18 July. I have a passport and a friend living there is going to provide me a permanent residence. Can I ask the NIN without a job and live there?
Luareias - 1-Jul-20 @ 11:54 PM
@Dee - If your partner is a French citizen he will be free to live and work in the UK without any restrictions. If he is not a French citizen he can only work in the UK once you are married or enter into a civil partnership
TJ. - 24-Jun-20 @ 12:05 AM
I have a partner in France, we visit each other every month for the past year and a half. He would eventually want to reside with me in London and work too. How can he go about that?
Dee - 20-Jun-20 @ 9:06 AM
Hi, I'm a Portuguese national and I'm looking to move and work in the UK as a EU citizen by the end of July. I never lived or worked in the UK before, is that still possible with the Brexit situation? Thank tou
Kiko - 5-Jun-20 @ 10:04 AM
Hi - my girlfriend is Portuguese and currently in her final year at university. She finishes in may 2021 and hopes to move to the Uk. Is there any way this will be possible and how so ? Thank you
Klausy - 26-May-20 @ 11:46 PM
Hi, my wife has an italian passport. Now she wants to go and work in UK. Will she need any visa or work permit for this? If she go in uk within 2020? plz inform me details.
PM - 31-Mar-20 @ 8:16 PM
Hey I just wanna know can French citizens work in uk.if they have the right then what they need .visa etc thank you
Khan - 29-Mar-20 @ 8:19 PM
Hi, my name is Diana and I’m from Portugal . I’ve studied and lived in the Uk from 2017-2018 got back to Portugal after I finished my studies. I want to go back living in the Uk this year of 2020 in order to work there for a year and then apply for my master’s at 2021. My question is what documents do I need or might need during this transition process?
DianaFPC - 27-Mar-20 @ 4:39 PM
Hi. My wife is a Spanish citizen and a tattoo artist. A tattoo studio in the uk invited her to work there as a guest artist for a few days(2-3). The tattoo studio will pay to her every day. My question is: does she need to register in the tax office? Or make herself as self employed? She will be in the I’m only for those couple of days. I’d appreciate any help. Thank you
Dafman - 9-Mar-20 @ 11:53 AM
My parents are Spanish but have livedand worked in the UK since the 70s. What do they need to do now that we have left the EU? Also, I was born in England but I have a Spanish passport.Do I need to apply for Settled Status?
Mari - 1-Mar-20 @ 9:42 PM
Hi I live in uk for last 19 years, I gotslovakian I'd card, my son got uk citizenship.Do I need to register for permanent residence. Thanks
Dre - 28-Jan-20 @ 1:21 PM
hello sir, I want to know that about immigration visa and live in uk and work,so i amcitizen france, how i will do for work permit in uk please kindly answer me thanks mong france
marma - 5-Jan-20 @ 10:07 AM
Hi My son, born in the UK, but Austrian citizen, got a job offer in the UK. He is currently residing in South Africa but will start working in the UK in March. Is he still eligible to go to the UK without a Visa and bring his South African wife with. He is an engineer and she is an occupational therapist.
Ingi - 11-Dec-19 @ 1:24 PM
Hello, I am a canadian citizen who is working in the uk with my husband who is also canadian. We are moving back to Canada due to our tier 5 youth mobility visa expiring. We love our jobs and our employers really want to sponsor us to stay longer under a tier 2 visa. Unfortunately my job is considered unskilled so I automatically don't qualify for a sponsorship and him and I obviously didn't want to split up. So my question is, if I have a dutch passport, something I qualify to get since my father was born I'm holland, can I then with a EU passport qualify to work in the uk without a visa? On top of that question would my husband then be able to move and work here with me since we are legally married?
kaitie - 28-Nov-19 @ 5:11 PM
How will Brexit affect a Portuguese employee of our UK company?The person in questions lives and works from Portugal on our payroll - a UK company based in the UK?
Sue - 28-Nov-19 @ 1:18 PM
Im portuguese live and work with NI card sence i move in UK always pay my tax my bills imcan i vote for british governament???
- 22-Nov-19 @ 1:22 PM
Hi, l am a Bulgarian citizen, l have master amd bachelor from Italian University. I want to move work and live in UK. Already find a job, what and how long will be the legally proces to obtain all necessary documents. Thanks a lot.
Ragazzo - 10-Nov-19 @ 7:25 AM
I am an Austrian citizen with a job opportunity in UK, but my wife and children don't have EU nationality. If I get the job in the UK might I ask for my family to join me? Regards, David R
DavidR - 4-Nov-19 @ 9:39 PM
Hola, voy a vivir a UK y me han ofrecido trabajo, que necesito para poder trabajar?
Oscar Gosp Mendoza - 30-Oct-19 @ 10:41 AM
Hello, I am a British citizen living in the UK and my girlfriend, who is Italian, is planning to move to the uk in December 2019 or January 2020. What must we do in order to ensure she can stay. Thanks
Wildeman - 27-Sep-19 @ 10:36 AM
Hello, I am an Italian national ex manager retired from an engineering company. My wife (67 years old) and I (71 years old) intend to move and live as permanent residents in UK. We are planning to buy a house in cash. I do not intend to work in UK but will live on my and my wife's retirement pensions. The reason is that we want to live near our two children (and grandchildren) who have been resident in UK for many years (one is also married in UK with a UK national). What formality should be comply with?
alvaro - 22-Sep-19 @ 5:21 PM
I have italian passaport and I'm going to move to UK before the brexit, in January 2020. I would like to sure If I will be abble to work and live in this time, because many people are speaking to me that won't possible to work in UK after october (when the brexit will happen).
Will - 16-Aug-19 @ 3:03 PM
hi I have polish nationalty can I work in UK from October 2019
nawI - 15-Aug-19 @ 9:27 PM
My daughter has dual Citizenship ( Australian and Italian) and is currently working in the UK. Does she need a visa to work and what does she need to do regarding Brexit?
jabricci - 4-Aug-19 @ 11:25 PM
Good day, my husband is a British citizen wants to return, I hold Italian citizenship and have a EU passport. Was born in South Africa. My husband wants to return to the UK. What requirements are needed for me.
Sue - 13-Jul-19 @ 7:36 AM
Hi there, my wife is French and I am an Australian citizen and I got offered a job in the UK ,I was wondering is there any EU spouse type visa that I can apply for to be able to work and live in the UK ,rather than going through the painful process of work place sponsorship ? Much appreciated
SS - 11-Jul-19 @ 3:06 PM
hi im british but my partner is from the czech republic we aren't married but we have two children who are also british. my partner has lived in the uk since 2001 and does have a national insurance number. I was just wondering what she has to do with brexit coming up she has a czech identity card and not a passport. Do we have to apply for british citizenship for her or does she automatically qualify to live. look forward to hearing from you
ace4grrace - 20-Jun-19 @ 10:20 PM
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