Please note that this is not intended to be exhaustive immigration information. This is a brief overview of the main rules as published on the Home Office website.
EEA and Swiss nationals have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom. This is called the right of residence. They will only have the right of residence in the United Kingdom if:
EEA and Swiss nationals will not need a visa or entry clearance.
Family and partners
If they have a right to live the in the United Kingdom, their family may join them. Family is defined as:
If they are a student, only their civil partner or dependent children are entitled to a right of residence. If they are not in a civil partnership then they must be able to show that they are in a durable relationship with each other.
Family members or partners who are not EEA or Swiss nationals
If their family members or partner are not EEA or Swiss nationals and they are coming to live with them permanently or on a long-term basis, they will need to apply for an EEA family permit before coming to the United Kingdom. The permit is issued in the same manner as a visa.
EEA and Swiss nationals, and their partners/ family can work in the UK without needing a work permit. Nationals of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia or Slovenia will need to register under the Worker Registration Scheme. Nationals of Bulgaria or Romania must not work until given permission by the Home Office.
Once they have lived in the United Kingdom for a continuous period of five years, they can apply for confirmation of permanent residence