UK, EU, Irish and Non-EU Right to Work differences

Right to work checks:


In addition to passport ID checks. We have to make certain legal checks to make sure you have the right to work in the UK. The checks vary depending on which one the following two groups best describes you:

Group 1 - only Passport ID check needed:
  • UK Citizen
  • EU Citizen with Irish passport

Group 2 - Passport check and Visa or right to work check will be needed:
  • EU Citizen (Except Irish)
  • Non-EU Citizen (Except UK or Irish)
UK Citizen:

Sections 15 to 26 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality 2006, requires that we check documents to prove you have the right to work in the UK.

Most production companies do prefer passport copies as proof of right to work in the UK. However, if you are a UK citizen without a passport - we can check your identity by scanning a copy of your full birth or adoption certificate instead.

We will also need an official letter or document from a government agency (for example HM Revenue and Customs, Department for Work and Pensions, or the Social Security Agency in Northern Ireland) or previous employer, showing your name and National Insurance number.

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Non-EU Citizen: 

As well as a copy of your passport after approval. Non-EU Citizens will be asked to upload a copy or screenshot of their work visa or right to remain document before approval.

Important: Non-EU passport holders on a Student Visa may not be eligible to work for The Casting Collective. This is because non-EU student visa holders are not allowed to work as self-employed in the UK and when working as an extra you are considered self-employed.

EU Citizen:

As well as a copy of your passport after approval. EU Citizens (with the exception of Irish citizens) will be asked to upload a copy or screenshot of their right to work document before approval.

The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of 27 countries. It operates an internal (or single) market which allows free movement of goods, capital, services and people between member states.

The EU countries are:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

The European Economic Area (EEA)

The EEA includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. It allows them to be part of the EU’s single market.

Switzerland is neither an EU nor EEA member but is part of the single market - this means Swiss nationals have the same rights to live and work in the UK as other EEA nationals.

Any other country is non-EU

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Continuing to work in the UK if you're an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen:

You and your family usually need to apply to continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020 if you’re from any of the following:

  • the EU (except Ireland)
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway

Irish Citizens:

The Common Travel Area (CTA) is a long-standing arrangement between the UK, the Crown Dependencies (Bailiwick of Jersey, Bailiwick of Guernsey and the Isle of Man) and Ireland that pre-dates both British and Irish membership of the EU and is not dependent on it.

Under the CTA, British and Irish citizens can move freely and reside in either jurisdiction and enjoy associated rights and privileges, including the right to work, study and vote in certain elections, as well as to access social welfare benefits and health services.

Therefore although Ireland is still a member of the EU if you are an Irish citizen with a valid Irish passport and a UK national insurance number you don't need to demonstrate your right to work in the UK with any additional documents.

Citizens’ rights after 1st January 2021:


There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021.

How we check the EU, EEA or Swiss citizens’ right to work in the UK will change after June 2021. In the meantime, even though the UK has left the EU, you can still use your passport ID until 30 June 2021.

After 30 June 2021 deadline:

Your permanent residence document will not be valid after 31 December 2020. You’ll be able to stay in the UK until 30 June 2021 without doing anything.

To continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021 you’ll need to either:

  • apply to the EU Settlement Scheme
  • apply for British citizenship

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme:

You can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to stay in the UK. You’ll get settled status if you’re successful.

You can still choose to apply for citizenship at a later date if you get settled status.

Apply for British citizenship:

You can usually apply for British citizenship 12 months or more after the date on your permanent residence document.

If you’re married to, or in a civil partnership with, a British citizen, you can apply for citizenship as soon as you’ve got a permanent residence document.

If you are not sure if you need to take action or not, you can check on the UK Government website

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