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EEA and British nationals eligibility for homelessness assistance

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

The section outlines the eligibility rules under EU law pre-Brexit. For the eligibility rules under UK law post-Brexit see EU settlement scheme.

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 ineligible for assistance

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

Eligibility of workers

A definition of the term 'worker' and the circumstances when worker status may be lost or retained. Also, the right to reside where a former worker's child is in education. 

Eligibility of self-employed persons

A definition of the term 'self-employed' for the purposes of the law on the right to reside and access to housing assistance. 

Eligibility of retired or incapacitated workers

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

Eligibility of family of workers and self-employed

An overview of the right to reside and eligibility for housing assistance of family member of workers and self-employed people. 

Eligibility after five years of residence

When an EEA national can acquire a permanent right to reside in the UK. 

A8, A2 and Croatian nationals right to reside

Croatian, A2 and A8 nationals had restricted access to the UK labour market when their countries joined the European Union for a limited period of time known as the 'accession period'. 

A8 nationals rights to reside

The right to reside of A8 nationals in the UK. 

A2 nationals rights to reside

The right to reside of A2 nationals in the UK. 

Croatian nationals right to reside

The right to reside of Croatian nationals in the UK. 

Habitual residence test

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

European Union law

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

EU settlement scheme

Information on leave to remain ('settled' and 'pre-settled' status) under Appendix (EU) to the Immigration Rules. 

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