As a member of the European Union (EU), UK permits nationals of other EU member states to enter the UK in exercise of their right of free movement within the EU zone. The EU nationals and their family members have right to live and work in the UK if the EU national is a ‘qualified’ person in the exercise of their treaty rights under the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 (EEA Regulations).
There has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU, as a result of the referendum.
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EEA member states
Countries that are part of the EEA are known as member states
Austria | Belgium | Bulgaria |Cyprus | Czech Republic | Denmark | Estonia | Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Hungary | Iceland | Irish Republic | Italy | Latvia | Liechtenstein | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Malta | Netherlands | Norway | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Slovakia | Slovenia | Spain | Sweden | United Kingdom
Switzerland: On 1 June 2002 under the agreement between the European Community, its member states and the Swiss Confederation Swiss nationals and their family members are given the same free movement rights as EEA nationals and their family members.
Citizens of these countries are known as EEA nationals. The member states include countries in the European Union (EU) and Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway, who are not part of the EU. Nationals of Gibraltar have full British citizenship and are considered part of the European Economic Community (EEC). This means that people from Gibraltar have rights of free movement within EEA member states other than the UK.
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Document on UK Visas and Immigration guidance for how it considers applications from an extended family member of an EEA or Swiss national for a document to confirm a right of residence under the immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006. Click here.
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