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East European rights

May 18 2009
On 1st January, Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU, so what are they entitled to? On 1st January, Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU, and with that came many new rules. A lot of things are said by a lot of people on the subject of Romanian and Bulgarian nationals' rights in the UK. But what exactly are they entitled to? Romanians and Bulgarians are allowed to come to the UK for up to three months. They can stay in the UK longer than three months without a work permit if they are a student, self-employed, self-sufficient, completed 12 months' continuous employment in the UK, are married to a UK national, or are a family members of a EU citizen. If they cannot show they are in one of these categories, they may be breaking the law by staying here more than three months. They will not be entitled to any benefits. With healthcare, they will be covered by the reciprocal EU arrangements in the same way other EU citizens are. They should not be charged for any medical treatment that becomes necessary during a temporary stay in the UK.