Worker Registration Scheme closes 1 May 2011 for A8 nationals.


From Immigration Action.
As of 1 May 2011 nationals from A8 countries will no longer have to register their employment in the United Kingdom under the Worker Registration Scheme (WRS).

The WRS was compulsory for A8 nationals seeking to work in the UK. Employment had to be registered for the first 12 months and they had no access to out of work benefits during that period. After registration of 12 months A8 nationals enjoyed the same rights as nationals from established EEA countries.

So the position now for A8 nationals seeking to exercise EC Treaty rights in the UK is this:

1. No requirement to register employment
2. Enjoyment of out of work benefits
3. Same entitlements as other EEA nationals

It should still be remembered that an EEA national will only be considered to be exercising EC Treaty rights and enjoy the benefits of free movement if they are classed as a ‘qualified person’, i.e. as a worker (including work-seeker up to 6 months and self-employed) student, person of independent means, etc.

The A8 countries were:

Czech Republic
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