Benefits for EEA Nationals


This course provides a complete understanding of when a European Economic Area national is entitled to welfare benefits and tax credits. It has been updated to take account of the UK leaving the European Union.



By the end of the course participants will:

  • Know who is covered by European Union law;

  • Understand the different residence tests for different benefits;

  • Know which groups have a right to reside;

  • Be able to advise on the main factors that are relevant in establishing habitual residence;

  • Understand residence rights for workers, self-employed people, people with retained worker status and family members;

  • Know when someone has a permanent right of residency;

  • Be aware of recent developments in legislation and how European nationals are affected;

  • Understand the changes that have occurred since the UK left the European Union including how benefits are affected by the EU Settlement Scheme

  • Have access to advice regarding any benefits-related question for 12 months after the course.


Methods of delivery

This is a practical course. It is delivered using a combination of trainer presentation, group work and exercises, case studies, group discussion and games.


Suitable for

Suitable for anyone working with non-British European nationals. Please note this course does not cover the EU Coordination rules. Participants should have a working knowledge of the benefits system. People who are completely new to the benefits system are advised to attend our Introduction to Welfare Benefits course beforehand.