10 / 12 / 2013 10.19am
Bulgaria and Romania joined the European Union (EU), and became part of the European Economic Area (EEA) in January 2007 as A2 countries. This has meant that individuals from Bulgaria and Romania have been able to enter and remain in any Member State, including the United Kingdom (UK) but have been subject to transitional worker authorisation requirements.
What this means for employers
From 1 January 2014, labour market restrictions on individuals from Bulgaria and Romania will end and they will no longer be subject to Immigration and Worker Authorisation Regulations 2013. Nationals from Bulgaria and Romania will be able to freely take up employment in the UK.
Immediate family members are also able to work freely in the UK while their adult EEA family member is legally living and working here.
Employers are reminded that it remains a requirement to ask nationals from all EEA countries and Switzerland to prove their nationality by producing one of the documents, or combinations of documents, specified in the right to work checks standard document on our NHS Employment Check Standards web pages.
Detailed information can be found in our Employing EEA nationals section.