What is Happening?
From 1st January 2021 all EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who arrive in the UK on or after this date will be subject to immigration control. This is with the exception of Irish nationals, who are exempt.
Previously, immigration control has only been applicable to anyone coming to the UK from outside of the EU.
The Key Dates & Information:
1st December 2020: the UK’s new immigration system is due to launch (Further details)
31st December 2020: Freedom of movement between the UK and the EU ends.
EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who arrive in the UK on or before 31st December 2020 have until 30th June 2021 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme for a “settled” or “pre-settled status”. Those who apply to the EU Settlement Scheme successfully will be able to continue living and working in the UK after 30th June 2021 (Further details)
1st January 2021: EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who arrive in the UK for the first time on or after this date will need to demonstrate their right to be in the UK.
Post 30th June 2021, what we know so far, is that EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who have been granted a “pre-settlement” or “settlement” status under the EU settlement scheme will be required to provide evidence of this to support their right to work checks by providing the employer with a “share code” to access their immigration status online.
For EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who arrive in the UK for the first time on or after 1st January 2021, although the position is still unclear as to exactly what right to work checks will need to be carried out, it is likely that these nationals will need to apply for a visa that permits them to undertake work in the UK, possibly under a points-based immigration system.
Under a points-based immigration system, anyone coming to the UK for work must meet a specific set of requirements for which they will score points. From what we understand up to now, the UK’s points-based system will provide arrangements for UK employers to recruit skilled workers (who are usually workers qualified to degree level) from around the world through a number of different immigration routes, namely employer sponsorship. (Further details)
Detail on employer sponsorship is for informative purposes only. ADVANCE are not currently looking to apply for a sponsor licence to employ EU, EEA and Swiss citizens coming to the UK to work from 1st January 2021, although we will be happy to help answer any questions you may have on this subject.
Please call our account management team on 01244 564 564 to discuss in more detail.