Worker Registration Scheme

Worker Registration Scheme is a special arrangement in the United Kingdom for certain individuals who are seeking residency in the UK. Nationals of countries in the European Economic Area have the right to reside in the United Kingdom if they have enough means to support themselves without help from public funds (job, investments, etc.). However, nationals of certain selected countries are required to register under the Worker Registration Scheme if they want to work for an employer in the UK for more than one month.

Who needs to register under the Worker Registration Scheme

Individuals working or seeking job in the UK who are nationals of the following countries need to register if they plan to reside for more than 3 months or to work for more than 1 month for an employer in the UK.
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
Bulgarian and Romanian workers follow separate requirements. Romanian and Bulgarian nationals intending to remain and work in the UK need permission to work before starting any job.

Worker Registration Scheme is not needed after 12 months

Worker Registration Scheme Once individuals have been working legally in the UK for 12 months with no more than 30 days' break, they have full rights of free movement, no longer need to register under the Worker Registration Scheme and can then apply for a registration certificate to confirm their status. A registration certificate confirms the applicants' right to live and work in the UK. However, there is no requirement to obtain a registration certificate.

Worker Registration Scheme for self‑employed

Self-employed individuals are not required to register under the Worker Registration Scheme. They however must contact HM Revenue & Customs immediately after starting their business to register for tax purposes. Not registering immediately after starting their business may be fined by a £100 fine for late registration.

Where can I find more information about Worker Registration Scheme

More information about the Worker Registration Scheme is available from the UK Border Agency (

The Worker Registration Scheme was established in 2004 as a reaction to new European countries joining the European Union. The purpose of the Worker Registration Scheme is to monitor the movement of new workers and their impact on the UK economy.

Under European Union law, the Worker Registration Scheme ceased at the end of April 2011.

Can I work in the UK if I am studying?

Under the provisions of the Worker Registration Scheme, students can work in the UK during or after studies. They may need to register as workers under the Worker Registration Scheme or comply with the requirements for Bulgarian or Romanian workers.

Questions about Worker Registration Scheme

If you have questions about a Worker Registration Scheme, you are welcome to ask your questions and discuss Worker Registration Scheme and other topics in this discussion forum.

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