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EEA nationals

This page is for new arrivals. If you are a housing adviser please click here for information more relevant to you.


What is the EEA?

The European Economic Area (EEA) is the European Union plus some other countries in which EU free movement rules apply. Since the UK left the European Union, nationals of these countries no longer have the same 'free movement' rights in the UK - their rights depend on factors such as when they came to live in the UK and whether they have applied under the EU Settlement Scheme. Look at the pages for European nationals to see the details.

Who is an EEA national?

You are an EEA national if you are a citizen of any of the following states:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland.

Irish nationals have various additional rights.

What are the EU accession states?

As new countries joined the European Union (became 'accession states') special transitional rules usually applied for a temporary period of five or seven years. These transitional rules put restrictions on rights of free movement, to work and to get benefits that did not apply to nationals of other EU countries. Most recently, nationals of Croatia were affected if they applied for housing or benefits before 1st July 2018. In any other case, including applications by Croatians since that date, the rights of EEA nationals no longer depend on which country they came from.     



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