Key Facts:

  • The UK officially left the EU on 31 January 2020.
  • From 31st January 2020 until 31 December 2020, the UK has been in a ‘Transition Period’.
  • All EU Nationals already in the UK by 11pm on 31st December 2020, must apply for ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status.  They must apply for this by 30 June 2021 at the latest.
  • Government guidance states that you will continue to check a job applicant’s right to work in the UK under existing rules until 30 June 2021 i.e. there is no change to right to work checks until then.
  • From 1st January 2021, a new points-based immigration system will come into operation which will apply to all non-British and Irish citizens.

Key Dates:

31st December 2020 This is the deadline for EU/EEA nationals arriving in the UK to qualify for “settled status” (5 years residence) or “pre-settled status” (less than 5 years residence)
1st January 2021 New guidance for anyone who are not in UK residents
1st January 2021 – 30th  June 2021 You can employ EU/EEA nationals with a passport or ID Card (continue as normal)
1st January 2021 Only 3 routes for a work visa

  • Skilled worker route
  • Global Talent Visa
  • Start-up and Innovator route.
1st January 2021 If you are considering sponsoring then please contact us
1st January 2021 The Home Office’s online right to work checking service can also be used to check their immigration status if an individual has been granted status under the EU/EEA Settlement Scheme or they have a biometric residence card. This is not a requirement and the individual cannot be made to undertake the online check.
30th June 2021 Deadline for applications for settled or pre-settled status and it will be mandatory to hold either settled or pre-settled status, or have made an application, from that date.

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