Immigration Minister Damian Green has announced that the Worker Registration Scheme will close on 30 April 2011.

The scheme was introduced in 2004 and meant that citizens of A8 countries must register under the scheme if they start working in the UK. As a result, the UK is able to monitor the type of work A8 citizens are doing as well as assessing their economic contribution. A8 countries are the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

From 1 May A8 nationals will be able to access the labour market on the same terms as other EU citizens (with the exception of Romanians and Bulgarians). In addition, they will have the same access rights to out-of-work benefits as other EU nationals.