EEA nationals are free to enter and can reside in the UK for an initial period of three months without needing to exercise a Treaty right. After 3-month period an EEA national will have a right of residence for as long as they exercise a Treaty right as any of the following: Jobseeker, Worker, Student, Self-sufficient person, Self-employed person.
If you’re a citizen of an EEA country and you want to prove your right to live in the UK you can apply for a registration certificate. You don’t have to but it can help to prove you qualify for certain benefits and services.
If you’re from outside the EEA and living with a European partner or family member in the UK you can apply for a UK residence card. You don’t have to, but it can prove your employer that you’re eligible to work in the UK. A residence card can last up to 5 years. After 5 years, you can apply for a permanent residence card.
If you are from outside the EEA and want to accompany or join your European family member/partner in the UK you can apply for EEA Family Permit. Application must be made outside the UK.
If you are a Croatian national and wish to reside in the UK you may need to apply for either purple, blue or yellow registration certificate depending on what you’ll be doing and whether you need permission to work in the UK.
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