At present, a European national may live and work in the UK if you are exercising your rights under European law as a worker, a self-employed individual, a self-sufficient person or as a student. Provided that you can demonstrate this, your family members would also be entitled to live with you in the UK.
Qualified person registration
To successfully apply for an EEA Registration Certificate, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must be a citizen of one of the EEA member states (see below if you’re unsure).
- You must be working, actively seeking employment, studying or be able to financially support yourself and have required levels of sickness cover. The status of ‘working’ covers both those who are in employment, as well as those who are self-employed.
Under the current regulations, EEA nationals who have been exercising their Treaty Rights in the UK will automatically acquire Permanent Residence status after living for five continuous years.
In general terms, the three requirements needed for acquiring Permanent Residence status are:
1.The applicant is an EEA national (or a family member of an EEA national)
2.The EEA national is exercising his or her treaty rights
3.The EEA national has lived in the UK for five consecutive years, without a break in their residence.
If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status.
The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
You may be able to stay in the UK without applying – for example, if you’re an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain.