⚠️ The UK left the European Union (EU) on the 31 January 2020 and entered a transitional period until 31 December 2020, during which EU law continued to apply in the UK. Please note that the guidance below reflects the law as it applied before the UK's departure from the EU and as it continued to apply throughout the transitional period. The UK's relationship with the EU from 1 January 2021 has now been formally agreed and we will update these pages with any relevant changes as a result of the Trade and EU Cooperation Agreement between the EU and UK over the coming weeks.
Can I live and work in the UK?
Our guidance for migrants is for people who have a right to be in the UK or a right to work in the UK. Therefore, as a first step you need to understand your immigration status.
It is not possible to explain all of the rules about the right to work and be in the UK here. In case of uncertainty, you should go to the UK Visas and Immigration section of GOV.UK for up-to-date information. You can follow the links below to information on GOV.UK on the following specific topics:
- Visas and immigration information (including working in the UK)
- EU, EEA and Commonwealth citizens
- British Citizenship
For further advice, you can go to an accredited immigration adviser or immigration solicitor. You can find your nearest accredited immigration adviser, regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner, on GOV.UK.
With regards to visa and immigration status and tax, there are two important things to note:
- We talk about your UK tax ‘residence’ throughout this website. Here we are considering where you are resident for tax purposes – this may not be the same as for visa/immigration purposes.
- Provided you are living and working in the UK legally, your visa/immigration status will have no bearing whatsoever on whether you are able to claim a tax refund.