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I've been in the UK for the past 4 years and I have a pre-settled status. I am currently an employee but I'm considering switching to freelancing/sole-trading to start working with a company abroad.

  1. Am I allowed / Are there any limitations given that I don't have neither a fully settled status nor citizenship?
  2. Are there any limitations if as a sole trader I work for an EU company?

Would any potential limitations be lifted if I instead register for a limited company?

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If you have pre-settled status, you have employment and self-employment rights that are the same as British citizens:

You’ll be able to:

  • work in the UK
  • [...]

https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/what-settled-and-presettled-status-means

Do make sure that you continue to accumulate evidence of your UK residence while self-employed. Obviously you won't be able to rely on your employment records any more but there are plenty of other things like council tax bills.

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Unless your visa status prevents you from working independently in the UK, you can follow the steps to become a sole trader on this government page.

It shouldn't matter who your customers are (UK, EU or other).

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