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Croatia

Croatia joined the European Union on 1 July 2013. Croatian nationals are subject to transitional provisions until 2020. Whilst they enjoy mostly the same rights of free movement as existing EEA nationals, certain restrictions apply to their access to the UK labour market.

  • A Croatian national wishing to come to the UK to work, can come to the UK without a visa but will require permission to work.
  • Croatian nationals who wish to obtain employment from an employer in the UK need to obtain sponsorship from a licensed UK employer and then apply for a purple registration certificate, which authorises them to work in the UK unless they are exempt. This can be done before coming to the UK.
  • Croatian nationals with a degree from a UK institution have the right to work in the UK – they don’t need sponsorship or a purple registration certificate but should apply for a blue registration certificate to prove their right to work in the UK.
  • Croatian nationals with a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) endorsement are also allowed to work in the UK – like UK graduates, they also need to apply for a blue registration certificate to prove their right to work in the UK.
  • Croatian nationals are free to work in the UK on a self-employed basis without permission. They can apply for a yellow registration certificate to prove their right to work.
  • Students can also apply for a yellow registration certificate if they want to work whilst studying.

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