Bulgaria and Romania Have Full Access to UK Domestic Labour Market


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Posted on 02 Jan 2014

From 1 January 2014, nationals from the Romania and Bulgaria have the same access to the labour market as any other European Economic Area (EEA) national (except for nationals from Croatia who still require worker authorisation unless exempt).

The transitional controls restricting Romanian and Bulgarian nationals having access to the UK labour market since 2007 have now expired. This means that those from Romania and Bulgaria can stay in the UK like any other EEA national for more than 3 months if they are exercising their free movement rights to live in the UK either as a worker, student, self employed or self sufficient person. Those not working or seeking work must be able to support themselves and their families and must have comprehensive private medical insurance.

Further information regarding these changes can be found on the Home Office website

If your business is affected by this change, please contact our specialist Business Immigration Team: Owen Jones, Anita de Atouguia, Chloe Harrold, Mandeep Khroud and Victoria Burnip.

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