Croatian Nationals in the UK
Croatia joined the EU on July 1st 2013, and Croatian nationals can exercise their treaty rights by being self –employed, self-sufficient or students. Recently UK government announced that Croatian nationals will have free access to the labour market in the UK as restrictions will be lifted from 01st July 2018.
Until then, Croatian nationals require registration certificates to work in the UK. Depending on what you would like to do in the UK there are several different registration certificates. For instance a purple card can be issued if you wish to work as an employee, the blue card can be issued if you are a qualified person without any working restrictions, yellow cards are issued to those who are not employed like students , self-employed , self-sufficient or voluntary workers.
Purple registration certificate
You can apply for a purple certificate if you want to work for an employer in the UK .
You must have:
- a job offer
- a certificate of sponsorship number from your employer
- for some positions good knowledge of English
You will need a letter from your employer instead of a certificate of sponsorship if you’re:
- a domestic servant in a private household
- the sole representative of an overseas business
- a postgraduate doctor or dentist doing a foundation programme
Blue registration certificate
A blue registration certificate shows you’re allowed to work freely in the UK
You should get a blue registration certificate if you want to work for a UK employer and you have one of the following from a UK educational institution:
- a degree
- a teaching qualification
- a Higher National Diploma
You should also get a blue registration certificate if you have a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) endorsement from an approved organisation.
Yellow registration certificate
You can apply for a yellow registration certificate if you’re a student or want to be self-employed in the UK.
You must apply for a yellow registration certificate if you want to work while you’re a student in the UK.
You can only work up to 20 hours a week in term-time, unless you’re training to do a specific job (a ‘vocational course’) and the course includes a work placement which is vital to your study.
You need to have private comprehensive health insurance or a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for yourself and any dependants with you in the UK
- You need a letter from your UK college, university or other place of study with the name of your course and the start and end dates
- You need a proof that you’ve got enough money to support yourself – either bank statements or a letter from your sponsor or funder.
One of the most popular ways for Croatian nationals to exercise their Treaty rights in the UK is to be self-employed. You can, but you don’t have to, apply for a yellow registration certificate to prove your right to be self-employed.
Applying for a National Insurance Number as a Croatian national
If you want to work as self-employed you must apply for a National Insurance Number (NINo) and for Self-Assessment. Unfortunately, it can be hard to tell what documents you need to provide to be able to qualify for NINo. We, at City Legal Services can assist you in preparing the necessary documentation and advise you how to make a successful application. Do not hesitate to contact us today.
You can apply for a yellow registration certificate to confirm your right to be self-sufficient.
- to be able to support yourself without working or claiming benefits
- to have private comprehensive health insurance or a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
Our expert Immigration lawyers have assisted a high number of Croatian nationals in successfully obtaining Yellow and Blue certificates. Please contact our Immigration team on 0330 058 3929.