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  • The Workers Registration Scheme (WRS)

    The Workers Registration Scheme (WRS)

    If you are from an A8 country and came to the UK before 1 May 2009, then you cannot automatically qualify for PR because of five years in employment starting before 1 May 2009. You will have needed to meet the conditions of the Worker Registration Scheme to rely on that period. If you didn't register and were not exempt, only periods from May 2009 can be counted towards PR.

    The extension of the WRS beyond April 2009 has been ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court, see: Supreme...
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  • Extension of the Workers Registration Scheme (WRS) finally ruled unlawful

    The decision to extend the WRS requirement for A8 nationals from 1 May 2009 to 30 April 2011 had previously been ruled unlawful, however, the Home Office appealed this ruling. The Supreme Court finally decided the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v Gubeladze case on 19 June 2019, where the appeal was dismissed and the extension is now officially unlawful.

    This decision can have several implications for nationals of A8 countries who worked in the UK during the extension period,...
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  • Supreme Court rules WRS extension unlawful

    The case of Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v Gubeladze was finally ruled on by the Supreme Court on 19 June 2019, after the Home Office had appealed the ruling by the Court of Appeal that ruled the extension of the WRS (Worker Registration Scheme) from 2009 till 2011, was unlawful.

    This case only affects nationals of the A8 countries that joined the EU in 2004:
    • Czech Republic
    • Estonia
    • Hungary
    • Latvia
    • Lithuania
    • Poland
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    ...
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  • Working without WRS (A8 nationals only)

    The extension of the WRS from the 1st of May 2009 till 30 April 2011 has been ruled unlawful, as noted here: Supreme Court rules WRS extension unlawful.

    As the requirement ended over 10 years ago, this is no longer an issue for nationals of A8 countries applying for citizenship.

    A8 nationals are citizens of the following countries:
    • Czech Republic
    • Estonia
    • Hungary
    • Latvia
    • Lithuania
    • Poland
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    ...
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