Croatia to join the European Union in 2013

The government has announced that by 18 October 2013 the introduction of the Parliament the European Union (Croatian Accession) Bill.

The bill will include provisions for transitional access arrangements for Croatian nationals.

Croatia is expected to join the European Union (EU) on 1 July 2013. Transitional arrangements will be introduced to restrict Croatian nationals’ access to the UK labour market.

The Home Office has published a Statement of Intent setting out the transitional restrictions which it expects to apply to Croatian nationals working in the UK after 1 July 2013.

Some of the conditions are listed below:

In principle, any Croatian national who intends to take employment in the United Kingdom will be subject to the work authorisation requirement.

However, the following (this is not an exhaustive list at this stage) will be exempt from the requirement:

  • Please note that the above list is an indication of just a few of the types of restrictions. The Home Office announced the “official list of restrictions on the 1 July 2013. Those Croatian nationals who are legally present in the UK on the
  •  date of accession and who, on that date, are not subject to any restrictions on working (for example, those Croatian nationals who have already been granted settlement in the UK);
  • those Croatian nationals who are legally working in the UK on the date of accession and have been legally working for an uninterrupted period of 12 months ending on that date;
  • those Croatian nationals who work legally for an uninterrupted period of 12 months falling partly or wholly after the date of accession;
  • those Croatian nationals who are also a national of the UK or of another Member State whose nationals are not subject to similar restrictions.

You are able to seek further advice by contacting us on 01634828288 or speak with Shabana Shahab today on this matter.

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