Who are EEA Nationals? Well, Nationals of following countries are called EEA nationals. Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and UK. EEA Nationals have some rights. One of them is the free movement of the EEA National and their family members and right of residing within the territory of the EEA member states.
So what rights EEA nationals have to live and work in UK? EEA Nationals can enter UK subject to their passport or identity card check. EEA Nationals have the right to reside in the UK, initially for 3 months when they don’t need to exercise their treaty right. If an EEA national lives in UK for more than 3 months then he/she will have the right of residence till the time he/she remain a qualified person. A qualified person is one who is either seeking employment in the UK or is a worker as full time or part time in UK. If you are a job seeker then you need to show the evidence that you are seeking job in the UK and you have a fair chance of getting job. To prove this you need to show evidence of job interviews, evidence of your qualification, and evidence of registration with Job centers or recruitment agencies in UK. If you are working in UK then you must be able to show evidence that you are in full time or part time employment, so you can show copy of contract and pay slips.
EEA nationals get access to social benefits. Your right of access social benefits in UK depends on your work record in UK and it may differ which depends on whether you are currently working, currently working but for low hours or for low pay, you have retired after working, you worked but currently unemployed or sick or you have never worked in UK but you came here looking for work. You may sometime keep your worker status in UK if you have worked in UK and lost your job or became unable to work for some specific reasons. If you came to UK looking for a job, as an EEA national you have the right to reside in UK but you cannot claim income based jobseeker’s allowance during the first 3 months in UK. If you worked in UK but lost your job for reasons that are not your fault then you are involuntarily unemployed. As involuntarily unemployed EEA national if you have registered as jobseeker then you have the right to reside in UK.
To prove that you are an EEA worker you simply need to show the evidence of your nationality and an evidence of your employment in UK. If you are self-employed you need to show the evidence that you are self-employed. If you need any help on proving that you are an EEA worker in UK and how to get access to all your rights primarily right to reside in UK then you should contact us.