1. Overview

Work in an EU country

You have the right to work in any country in the European Economic Area (EEA) without a work permit if you’re a UK citizen.

The EEA includes:

Your rights

You’ll have the same rights as nationals of the country you’re working in when it comes to:

  • working conditions
  • pay
  • social security (eg benefits)

There has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU, as a result of the referendum.

Work in a non-EU country

You’ll need a work permit to work in most non-EU countries if you’re a UK citizen. In most cases, you’ll need a job offer from your chosen country so that you can get a visa to move there. Some countries, like Australia, Canada and New Zealand, use a points system to decide whether you’re eligible for a visa.

Check with the UK-based embassy of the country you want to work in to see what you need to do.