Croatian nationals: worker authorisation [Archived]
Produced in partnership with Bojana Asanovic of Garden Court Chambers
Croatian nationals: worker authorisation [Archived]

The following Immigration practice note produced in partnership with Bojana Asanovic of Garden Court Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Croatian nationals: worker authorisation [Archived]
  • The standstill clause and
  • Sponsored employment―Tiers 2 and 5
  • Other Croatian nationals subject to accession worker authorisation
  • Postgraduate doctors and dentists
  • Domestic workers in a private household
  • Representative of an Overseas Business
  • Documentation for Croatian nationals requiring worker authorisation—application forms
  • Fees
  • Documents required for each application/validity
  • More...

Croatian nationals: worker authorisation [Archived]

IMPORTANT NOTICE: THIS PRACTICE NOTE HAS NOW BEEN ARCHIVED. THIS NOTE COVERS THE LAW WHICH APPLIED AS AT 30 JUNE 2018. RESTRICTIONS ON UK LABOUR MARKET ACCESS FOR CROATIAN NATIONALS WERE LIFTED FROM 1 JULY 2018 AND CONSEQUENTLY WORKER AUTHORISATION REQUIREMENTS AND EXEMPTIONS FROM THEM DO NOT APPLY FROM THIS DATE.

On 1 July 2013, Croatia became a member of the EU and, by extension, the European Economic Area (EEA). The treaty concerning the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the EU (the Accession Treaty) was signed in Brussels on 9 December 2011 and adopted in Brussels on 16 May 2012.

Like other EEA nationals, nationals of Croatia do not require leave to enter or remain in the UK.

The terms of the Accession Treaty entitle member states to derogate from EU free movement provisions so as to regulate the access of Croatian nationals to their domestic labour markets for up to five years, subject to a review after two years. A Member State may continue to apply labour market restrictions until the end of the seventh year after accession in case of serious disturbances to its labour market, or the threat of serious disturbances. The imposition of restrictions is subject to a standstill clause which provides that member states cannot impose additional labour market restrictions to those which were

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