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EEA nationals eligibility for homelessness assistance before January 2021

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Eligibility rules for homelessness assistance of European Economic Area (EEA) and European Union (EU) nationals before 1 January 2021.

EU settlement scheme

Settled and pre-settled status for EEA nationals and their family members under the EU settlement scheme. 

Right to reside

Different types of the right to reside, including the derivative right to reside for primary carers, and the effect on eligibility for homelessness assistance. 

Investigations into eligibility of EEA nationals

The duty of local authorities to make enquiries into the eligibility of EEA nationals for homelessness assistance in the UK before 1 January 2021. 

Eligibility of EEA workers

The definition of worker for the purposes of access to homelessness assistance and the conditions of retaining the worker status for those out of work. 

Eligibility of EEA self employed

The definition of self-employment for the purposes of access to homelessness assistance and the conditions for retaining the self-employed status. 

Eligibility of EEA retired or incapacitated workers

The right to reside and the eligibility for housing assistance of retired or permanently incapacitated workers and self-employed people 

Eligibility of family members of EEA nationals

Family members regardless of their nationality had the same eligibility for homelessness assistance as the qualified EEA nationals. 

EEA permanent right to reside after five years

EEA nationals could obtain a permanent right to reside in the UK after five years of lawful and continuous residence. 

Croatian nationals right to reside

Eligibility for homelessness assistance of Croatian nationals and their family members during and after the accession period. 

A2 nationals right to reside

Requirements that Romanian and Bulgarian nationals and their family members had to meet during and after the accession period to be eligible for assistance. 

A8 nationals right to reside

Requirements that A8 nationals had to meet during and after the accession period to be eligible for homelessness¬†assistance. 

EEA nationals not eligible for assistance

The categories of EEA nationals, including UK and Irish nationals, and their family members who were not eligible for homelessness assistance 

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