EEA nationals—rights
EEA nationals—rights

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

  • EEA nationals—rights
  • Rights of EEA nationals
  • Rights of family members

UPDATE: On 19 February 2020 the Home Office issued a ‘policy statement’, which sets out its main plans on the post-Brexit immigration system. The policy outlines the key features which will apply to both EU and non-EU citizens from 1 January 2021 (other than those EU citizens and family members who were resident in the UK before that date and therefore will fall within the EU Settlement Scheme). For more information, see News Analysis: The UK’s plans for a ‘points-based system’ from 1 January 2021 (20/2/20). On 5 March 2020 the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill was introduced and given its first reading in Parliament. This Bill makes provision to end rights to free movement of persons under retained EU law, to repeal other retained EU law relating to immigration and confers power to modify retained direct EU legislation relating to social security co-ordination, see: LNB News 05/03/2020 82.

Rights of EEA nationals

All citizens of the member states of the European Economic Area (EEA) have the right to free movement within the EEA, including the UK, and may work for employers, in self-employment, or establish a business.

The European Economic Area is made up of the members of the European Union (ie Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia,