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EEA nationals eligibility for homelessness assistance before January 2021

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There are pending updates to this page following Brexit and the end of transition period on 31 December 2020

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

EU settlement scheme

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

Right to reside

Right to reside for EEA nationals and how this affects eligibility for homelessness assistance 

Eligibility of EEA nationals

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

Eligibility of EEA 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 EEA self-employed

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 EEA 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 members of EEA nationals

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

EEA nationals right to reside after five years

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

A8 nationals right to reside

The right to reside of A8 nationals in the UK. 

A2 nationals right to reside

The right to reside of nationals from Bulgaria and Romania in the UK. 

Croatian nationals right to reside

The right to reside of Croatian nationals in the UK. 

EEA nationals not eligible for assistance

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

European Union law

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

Habitual residence test

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

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