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International Communities

This page gives details of A8 and A2 nationals' rights in the United Kingdom.

View Presentation on A8 and A2 Nationals' Rights after May 2011 (80 KB PDF)Opens in a new window.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the A8 countries?

The A8 countries are:

A8 nationals are free to enter UK, but there are restrictions on rights to reside.

What are the A2 countries?

The A2 countries are:

What are A8 nationals' rights?

The rights of A8 nationals are in line with the rights of British nationals.

A8 nationals do not require to register with the Home Office.

A8 nationals are eligible to receive offers of housing assistance if they have the right to reside (working, self-employed or job seeker).

What are A2 nationals' rights?

A2 nationals' rights are still restricted. The restrictions on A2 nationals may continue until December 2013.

A2 nationals who want to work in the UK from have to apply for a workers authorisation document.

Either:

Self Employed A2 Nationals are not required to apply for a worker's authorisation document.

A2 nationals studying in the UK can take employment for up to 20 hours a week during term-time and full-time during holiday periods from the course, but required first to obtain a registration certificate confirming that they are students.

Once working and authorised, or registered self employed, A2 nationals gain the right to reside and can access some benefits, including:

A2 nationals are eligible to receive offers of housing assistance if they have the right to reside (working and authorised or self employed).

What are the exemptions to the Workers Authorisation Scheme?

Exemptions are as follows:

What are the options for social housing for A2 and A8 nationals?

Housing Associations

A2 and A8 nationals can apply for accommodation from a housing association, but only if they have enough money to pay the rent.

There are no restrictions on the grounds of registration with Home Office to A2 and A8 nationals.

Angus Council

A2 and A8 nationals can apply for Angus Council housing if they got rights to reside in the UK. A proof of aplicant's earnings or benefits entitlement will be required.

Each client need to be assisted individually.

What are the rights to reside?

A person who moves from A2 and A8 countries to the UK has a right to reside if they are economically active (working, self-employed or job seeker) or are able to support themselves.

What are the documents needed as proof of rights to reside of A8 nationals?

View Proof of rights to reside of A8 nationals in English, Polish and Russian (100 KB PDF)Opens in a new window.

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What are the documents needed as proof of rights to reside of A2 nationals?

View Proof of rights to reside of A2 nationals in English, Romanian and Bulgarian (100 KB PDF)Opens in a new window.

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Which benefits have a 'right to reside' test attached to them?

Which benefits do not have a 'right to reside' test attached to them?

Who do I contact for further information?

ACCESSLine 08452 777 778

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Service Page: InternationalCommunities.htm
Service Details Last Reviewed : 15 October 2013

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