As a member of the European Union (EU), the 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 the 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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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: As of June 1st, 2002, an agreement was reached between the European community, its member states and the Swiss Confederation, that enables Swiss nationals and their family members to have the same free movement rights as EEA nationals and their family members.
Citizens of these countries listed above are known as EEA nationals. The member states include all the countries in the European Union (EU), Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway. 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.
In order to understand the details of how applications from an extended family member of an EEA or Swiss national are confirmed, please have a look at the immigration Regulations (European Economic Area) 2006 here.
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