Non-EEA nationals—permission to enter and work in the UK
Non-EEA nationals—permission to enter and work in the UK

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

  • Non-EEA nationals—permission to enter and work in the UK
  • Permission to enter the UK
  • Permission to work in the UK
  • Visitors
  • Overseas business representatives, domestic workers, Commonwealth citizens
  • Start-ups and Innovators
  • Global Talent
  • Derivative rights of residence

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.

Permission to enter the UK

Although nationals of countries in the European Economic Area have a right to live and work in the UK (the right of residence), it is generally the case that nationals of countries outside the EEA do not. Those from outside the EEA generally require permission to enter the UK.

There are exceptions:

  1. Swiss nationals