New rules approved for managing access to the UK labour market by Romanians and Bulgarians


Parliament has now approved the regulations that will manage the flow of new workers into the UK from Romania and Bulgaria when they join the EU on 1st January 2007.

These regulations follow the Government’s decision, announced on 24 October, to put in place transitional arrangements for these new member states whilst we make progress on our immigration reforms, and properly understand the wider impacts of an expanded European Union.

At the heart of the new regulations is the restriction of low-skilled workers to existing quota schemes in the agricultural and food processing sectors. Skilled workers will continue to be able to work in the UK if they qualify for a work permit or under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme.

For more information, please see our leaflet on Rights and Responsibilities of Nationals from Bulgaria and Romania from 1 January 2007 (511Kb)

Living and working in the UK Q&A (127Kb)

Romanian leaflet (168Kb)