Court of Justice upholds UK approach to Worker Registration Scheme for EU nationals

Last week the Court of Justice of the European Union upheld the UK’s approach to the Worker Registration Scheme in force between 2004 and 2011 for citizens of new EU countries. The case is C-618/16 Prefeta v UK. The judgment in effect endorses the Home Office view that time spent working in breach of the registration scheme will not count towards permanent residence. The Worker Registration Scheme applied to “A8” countries like Poland, Lithuania and the Czech Republic that joined the EU in 2004. Under the scheme citizens of those countries were allowed to work in the UK but only if they registered under the scheme or had already worked legally for…

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