EEA nationals: qualified persons—workers, jobseekers and self-employed persons
Produced in partnership with Rowena Moffatt of Doughty Street Chambers
EEA nationals: qualified persons—workers, jobseekers and self-employed persons

The following Immigration guidance note Produced in partnership with Rowena Moffatt of Doughty Street Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • EEA nationals: qualified persons—workers, jobseekers and self-employed persons
  • Workers
  • Self-employed persons

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) nationals who are in employed work or undertaking self-employed activities as well as, in certain circumstances, jobseekers, have a right to reside in the UK beyond three months under EU law. This Practice Note covers the definitions of these terms.

For a discussion on the Home Office guidance which considers these definitions, and its checklists of suggested supporting documents to