Closure of the Worker Registration SchemeFriday, March 18th, 2011
The Worker Registration Scheme is a transitional scheme that was introduced in 2004 when the ‘A8′ countries (Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia) joined the European Union.
Nationals of these countries must register under the scheme if they commence employment in the UK and 1.1 million did so between May 2004 and the end of 2010.
Under the terms of the EU Treaty of Accession, the UK cannot apply transitional restrictions on access to the labour market by A8 nationals for more than 7 years. This means that they will be able to access the labour market and out-of-work benefits on the same terms as other EU nationals (except Bulgarians and Romanians) from 1 May 2011.
On 10 March the UK Border Agency announced that the Worker Registration Scheme will close on 30 April 2011.