News for self-employed EU citizens

The Court of Justice of the European Union in the case of C‑442/16 Florea Gusa v Minister for Social Protection (Ireland) has found that self-employed EU citizens who become unemployed retain their worker status and right to reside in the same way as people in direct employment who lose their jobs. This means that the EEA Regulations 2016 will need to be amended to reflect this.

This is good news for those EEA nationals who are seeking to demonstrate a right to reside in the UK during periods of economic inactivity, particularly in preparation for a Permanent Residence Card under the EEA Regulations or for a British Settled Status visa when it is introduced next year.