EEA nationals: qualified persons—students and self-sufficient persons
EEA nationals: qualified persons—students and self-sufficient persons

The following Immigration guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • EEA nationals: qualified persons—students and self-sufficient persons
  • Students
  • Self-sufficient persons
  • Sufficient resources and where they can come from
  • Recourse to the social assistance system of the host EEA state
  • Comprehensive sickness insurance

Students

European Economic Area (EEA) national students will gain a right of residence beyond three months under Directive 2004/38/EC (the Citizens' Directive) if they:

  1. are enrolled at a private or public establishment, which is accredited or financed from public funds on the basis of its legislation or administrative practice, for the principal purpose of following a course of study, including vocational training

  2. have comprehensive sickness insurance cover in the UK, and

  3. provide a declaration, or demonstrate by such equivalent means as they may choose, that they have sufficient resources not to become a burden on the social assistance system of the UK during their period of residence

The Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the EEA Regs 2016), SI 2016/1052 provide that an establishment will count for these purposes if it is financed by public funds or is 'otherwise recognised by the Secretary of State as an establishment which has been accredited for the purpose of providing such courses or training within the law or administrative practice of the UK in which it is located'. Prior to 7 April 2015, the relevant Modernised Guidance (MG), on EEA and Swiss nationals, provided that institutions which were registered with the Home Office as Tier 4 sponsors would be accepted as meeting those conditions, well as those included on the archived 2009 Register