Pearl Law Group Global Immigration NewsFlash
The previously restricted A8 member countries of the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are no longer limited in their access to work, housing rights and other social benefits in the European Union as of May 1st. Austria, Germany and the UK were the last of the pre-existing EU members who continued to enforce transitional restrictions on the A8 countries, but they too have finally lifted their bans. Switzerland has offered the same to those A8 nationals under local agreements.
Bulgaria and Romania, also known as A2 countries, are the only remaining EU/EEA members who continue to face work permit restrictions in a number of the other countries in the region.