Chapter CCM20040

CourtHM Revenue & Customs
Record NumberCCM20040
Published date16 April 2016

Citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) are free to move, live and work anywhere in the EEA. This is a fundamental principle of European Law. So a UK National is free to go and live and work in Germany and a French National is free to come and live and work in the UK. EEA nationals are entitled to reside in the UK for an initial period of 3 months. An EEA National who is in the UK for more than 3 months will have a right to reside as long as they remain a “qualified person” - CCM20050

On 1 May 2004 ten new countries joined the EEA. Eight of these countries had restrictions placed on them by the UK for an initial period of five years in order to regulate access to its labour market - CCM20100. This was subsequently extended for a further two years to 30 April 2011. The restrictions meant that nationals of these eight countries, unless exempt, must register their employment...

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