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

Important notice on Brexit: As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this Practice Note. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit materials—citizens’ rights. In brief, all EEA nationals (other than Irish nationals) and non-EEA nationals relying on EU residence rights will need to have applied for pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme by the end of June 2021, unless they are also a British citizen. For a discussion on the main practical circumstances in which EU rights of residence remain relevant during and after the implementation period, see Practice Note: EEA nationals: rights of entry and residence—Is EU free movement law still relevant in the UK post-Brexit?


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