Freedom of movement into Britain for EU citizens who are non-UK nationals may be subject to change following Brexit when the UK finally leaves the EU. For the time being, however, these rules should stay the same, meaning that citizens of all EU member states still have the right to enter and live in the UK, as well as to enjoy the right to work in most cases. These principles will also apply to nationals of member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), namely Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Iceland. They will simply need to produce a valid passport when requested upon entering the country. There are usually no restrictions on bringing family members under the current law and EU citizens will qualify for permanent residence status if they remain in the UK for five years or more, without the need to apply for a UK residence card.
Under the present legislation, EU citizens in the UK can lawfully seek employment and take up work without having to produce additional documentation; or become self-employed and set up their own businesses. They are entitled to the same treatment as UK nationals regarding working conditions and benefits, and also have the right to remain in the UK after their employment has come to an end.
As an EU citizen living and working in the UK, you will need to apply for a UK National Insurance card, in order to receive social security benefits and deal with taxation. Please contact the team of immigration specialists at Ackroyd Legal for more information.
There is no legal requirement for citizens of the EU/EFTA to apply for a UK Residence Card. However, this may be helpful if you need to show that you are ‘habitually resident’ in the UK (meaning that the UK is where you are living). You can apply for a UK Residence Card at any time after entering the UK, under one of the following categories:
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