EEA nationals: rights of entry and residence [Archived]

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

  • EEA nationals: rights of entry and residence [Archived]
  • Is EU free movement law still relevant in the UK post-Brexit?
  • Rights of entry
  • 'Initial' right of residence for three months
  • 'Extended' right of residence for more than three months
  • Permanent residence and other rights of residence
  • Dual nationals
  • Persons born in Northern Ireland

EEA nationals: rights of entry and residence [Archived]

ARCHIVED: this Practice Note is no longer maintained as it covers the implementation of EU free movement law in the UK prior to IP completion day, on which date domestic legislation implementing EU free movement law was revoked, subject to certain savings and modifications. For further details, including of the relevant savings and the position of CJEU case law, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for Immigration?. The Practice Note has been retained in archived form for historical interest, because EU law as previously implemented in the UK remains relevant in certain limited situations. For historical versions of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016, SI 2016/1052, including immediately prior to revocation, see Legislation.gov.uk. For the ongoing development of EU free movement law in EU Member States, see: Immigration, employment & share incentives (EU Law)—overview.

This Practice Note summarises the rights of entry and residence of European Economic Area (EEA) nationals under EU free movement law.

Note that throughout this section, the term 'EEA nationals' refers to nationals of the countries in the EEA other than the UK, as well as Switzerland, which reflects the definition in the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (EEA Regs 2016), SI 2016/1052.

It is important to be aware that entry and residence on this basis is by right, and

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