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Eligibility: EEA/EU nationals and British nationals

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Eligibility for homelessness assistance for European Economic Area (EEA) and European Union (EU) nationals and their family members.

The section also outlines the Habitual residence test which can impact on the eligibility for assistance of British nationals who come to the UK after having lived abroad.

Overview of the eligibility rules

An overview of the eligibility rules for housing assistance for EEA/EU nationals. 

Right to reside

Information on the right to reside in the UK and how it is derived. 

Persons eligible for assistance

Information on EEA/EU nationals who cannot be treated as ineligible persons from abroad for homelessness assistance. 

Persons ineligible for assistance

An overview of the categories of EU/EEA nationals who are not eligible for housing assistance. 

Habitual residence test

Information on the habitual residence test which certain applicants must fulfil to be eligible for assistance. 

A8, A2 and Croatian nationals

An outline of the right to reside of A8, A2 and Croatian nationals, and their eligibility for housing assistance and benefits. 

Investigations into eligibility

How a local authority should investigate whether an applicant is eligible for homelessness assistance. 

European Union law

An outline of European Union (EU) law relating to immigration and eligibility. 

Key UK regulations

A look at UK law affecting the right to reside and the eligibility of EEA/EU nationals for housing assistance 

The EEA and the EU

A list of the countries that form the EEA and EU. 

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