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European Union law

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

exclamation The UK ceased to be member of the EU at 11pm on 31 January 2020 (exit day). However, due to saving and transitional provisions, the legal framework applicable to EEA nationals, as in force on exit day, will continue to apply during a transition period up until 11pm on 31 December 2020. During the transition period, the eligibility rules based on EU law will continue to apply (see Right to reside for more information on Brexit).

To make sense of the eligibility rules, it helps to outline the law of the EU and the rights that it creates for EEA nationals.

The EEA and the EU

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

Introduction to EU law

Introduction to EU Treaties, Directives and Regulations. 

EU law and eligibility for assistance

EU law directly relevant to eligibility for homelessness assistance and benefits in the UK, including the Treaty on Free Movement and the Citizenship' Directive. 

Key UK regulations

UK law affecting right to reside and eligibility of EEA nationals to homelessness assistance and benefits in the UK. 

Scope of EU law

Defining the personal and material scope of EU law. 

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