UK TRANSITION UPDATE: Employing EU citizens in the UK
October 16, 2020
Employing EU citizens in the UK
New immigration system from 1 January 2021
A new immigration system will apply to people arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021 and EU citizens moving to the UK to work will need to get a visa in advance.
EU citizens applying for a skilled worker visa will need to show they have a job offer from an approved employer sponsor to be able to apply. If you’re an employer planning to sponsor skilled migrants from 2021, and are not currently an approved sponsor, you should consider getting approved now.
You can find more information on the UK’s new points-based immigration system on GOV.UK.
EU Settlement Scheme
EU, EEA or Swiss citizens and their family members who are living in the UK before 1 January 2021 need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.
Employers can find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme using the employer toolkit.
You’ll need to check a job applicant’s right to work in the same way as now until 30 June 2021.
Until this date job applicants can prove their right to work in the following ways:
-EU, EEA or Swiss citizens can use their passport or national identity card
– non-EU, EEA or Swiss citizen family members can use an immigration status document listed in the right to work checks employer guide
– EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members can use the online right to work checking service