Dst, it seems that I see the problem from a Romanian point of view, and you see it from a British point of view. :laugh: The problems basically arise from having too many categories of European citizens, and having to issue fast some laws for new European citizens. That's one reason why the Accession Regulations for A2 had to be amended shortly after they issued it as you said. But that's another discussion. From one point of view you can treat the self employed persons and students the same, it's about free movement inside EU. But self employment is a business, a student working is an employee(part time or full time). From this point of view a student can be treated like a worker with authorization to work, and he should benefit from those 12 months. It's unfair to say that a student is not a worker, because he can be both. It's like studying two years in only one. Nobody can stop you, if you can do it. Is there any law saying that you can't be both a student and a worker? Or both a self employed and a worker? We should know if a NVQ course means a work placement from the first day, or if the students should attend some theory classes for a few days before they start working. If the work must be started from the first day of the course, then the HO must issue the yellow card in that day, or find a way to give the students a provisional right to work before they issue the yellow card. Then they must think about what happens with the students when a college have some problems like those discussed here. I mean a student can't be responsible for the college management. Maybe there should be a stand by period between the date of this unhappy event and the date of enrolling to another course. And this period should not be counted as an interruption of the 12 months.