Working in the UK as a Croatian national

5. Family members

Your family members can apply to work, depending on their nationality and your circumstances.

A family member is your:

  • spouse or civil partner
  • child under 21
  • dependent adult relative (adult son or daughter, parent, grandparent)

Read the guidance on family members working in the UK.

Family members who are Croatian

Members of your family who are Croatian can work if you:

  • have permission to work legally in the UK - or don’t need permission
  • are settled in the UK

They don’t need a document to prove they can work, but they can apply for a blue registration certificate which shows they have the right to work without any restrictions.

Until they’ve worked for 12 months, their certificate will only be valid while you have permission to work, or while you’re a student, self-sufficient or self-employed.

Until they’ve worked continuously for 12 months, they’ll only be able to work without asking for permission while their family sponsor in the UK is working legally or is a student, self-employed or self-sufficient.

Apply for a blue registration certificate

Download and fill in the application form. A blue registration certificate costs £65.

You can also download the application form and use the premium service at a premium service centre.

Family members who aren’t Croatian

Your family member can apply for a residence document to confirm their right to work. Which one they need depends on whether you have a certificate or not.

If you have a purple registration certificate

They can apply for an accession residence card. It will show employers they’re allowed to work in the UK.

Download and fill in the application form and pay the £65 fee.

If you have a blue or yellow registration certificate (or no certificate)

They can apply for a residence card. It will show employers they’re allowed to work in the UK.

Download and fill in the application form and pay the £65 fee.