In 2013 Croatian nationals became EEA nationals and free to enter the UK without a visa. However unless exempt from work authorisation they are required to obtain permission to work before they can take up employment in the UK.Back to contents
To obtain permission to work you will need to apply for a registration certificate.
There are three types depending on your circumstances:
You can work in jobs which are skilled to National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 4 and above. There is no maintenance requirement when applying for worker authorisation.
Once you have completed 12 months legal and continuous employment in the UK, you may become exempt from worker authorisation and will no longer require permission to work.
There is usually a fee of £65 for applications. Application forms and guidance are available on the UKVI website.
Please note that employers will still need to see your passport or identity card as proof of your nationality.Back to contents
You will be exempt from applying for a registration certificate if you:
Certain family members can apply to join you in the UK and work depending on their nationality and your circumstances.Back to contents
You can only work in the UK for the employer specified on your registration certificate. Before starting any new employment you must request permission from the Home Office by applying for a new registration certificate, unless you are exempt.Back to contents
Generally under European law you can automatically acquire permanent residence once you have lived in the UK for a continuous period of at least 5 years and during that period you were:
Before applying for permanent residence in the UK, you should check that you meet the relevant conditions and have the right evidence to prove this.Back to contents
The RCN Immigration Advice Service is here to help you. Contact us if you require our support.Back to contents
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Page last updated - 25/01/2018