You need to obtain a Frontier Worker permit if you want to work in the UK but live in another country.
You may be eligible if all of the following apply:
You must usually have worked in the UK at least once every 12 months since you started working here. You may still be able to apply if you’ve had periods of unemployment or were unable to work during this time.
You must live ‘primarily’ outside of the UK. How you meet this requirement depends on how much time you’ve spent here since 1 January 2020. You’ll be eligible if you’ve spent less than 180 days in total in the UK over the course of any 12-month period.
If you’ve spent 180 days or more in the UK within 12 months
You’ll still be eligible if, in that 12-month period, you returned to the country you live in at least either:
You’ll still be able to apply if there are exceptional circumstances meaning you could not travel to your country of residence in this period, such as an illness or accident.
You’ll be eligible as long as your work in the UK is ‘genuine and effective’. This means it must be more than small, one-off tasks, such as:
If you’ve been unable to work or unemployed in the UK during a 12-month period
You might still be eligible if you’ve been unemployed or not worked during this time because you were:
This is known as having ‘retained worker’ or ‘retained self-employed person’ status.
If you became involuntarily unemployed and are looking for work, you’ll keep your status for:
You’ll need to be registered as a jobseeker with an employment office (such as Jobcentre Plus) and provide evidence that you’re looking for work in the UK.