Employing EEA and Swiss Nationals

Nationals of EEA (European Economic Area) countries and Switzerland can enter the UK freely.

Those with free rights to work in the UK

Nationals of the following countries can enter the UK and work without restriction:

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

When completing right to work checks on nationals from one of the above countries, departments should ensure that they view and copy one of the documents/ combinations of documents detailed in List A.


Whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal, EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals and their family members who are living in the UK before Brexit will continue to have the same rights in the UK and will have until December 2020 to apply for Pre-Settled or Settled Status under the new EU Settlement Scheme. As they have until December 2020 to apply Europeans can still simply present their passport to evidence their right to work in the UK, as the right to work rules will not change until 2021.

For more information on Brexit and the rights of those already, and arriving, in the UK please see our BREXIT information page.

Further information

Who needs a right to work check

Employing Non-EEA nationals

Additional requirements for employing overseas students