The UK’s exit from the European Union is set to result in major changes for UK businesses that they will need to prepare for if they are to continue to attract and retain the best and brightest from across the world.
EU citizens will no longer have access to freedom of movement and will be subject to the same criteria as Non-EU citizens. For those EU nationals currently living and working in the UK, they will need to apply for the UK government’s EU Settlement Scheme to continue doing so and businesses can offer their EU employees support and guidance around the application process.
UK businesses will also need to adapt their recruitment processes and familiarise themselves with the UK's new points-based immigration system which is set to take effect from the 1st January 2021.
Please see below for more information on the EU Settlement Scheme and the UK’s future points-based immigration system.
The end of the transition period will bring significant changes to the ways in which businesses recruit and engage with employees and people from the European Union.
We have outlined below some practical steps that businesses should take to prepare for these changes in 2021. Please note that this information does not constitute legal advice and there may be further aspects or steps specific to your business or industry which you may need to consider.
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For EU Nationals within your workforce
✓ Ensure EU citizens already in your workforce have applied for Settled Status
To prepare for the new immigration system
✓ Review your organisation’s onboarding processes and ensure that HR personnel are able to perform the additional right to work checks they need to undertake when employing EU nationals from July 2021
✓ If you are expecting to hire further skilled staff from the EU post-Brexit transition period but do not have a sponsor license now is the time to look into what it would involve and apply if it is right for your business
✓ If you already have a sponsor licence, look into whether the types of roles you hire for could be impacted by the changes to the UK immigration system from 2021
To prepare for business travel
✓ Make sure that any employees travelling to the EU from 2021 have a valid passport. They will need to renew their passport if it has less than 6 months remaining or is 10+ years old
To prepare for undertaking work within the EU
✓ Check whether your employee's professional qualifications are recognised by the appropriate regulator in each EU country they intend to carry out work in.
The EU Settlement Scheme was set up by the UK Government for EU and EEA citizens who currently live in the UK. The scheme allows for EU citizens and their family members to continue living, working and studying in the UK after the 30 June 2021.
Businesses may wish to raise awareness of the scheme amongst their employees and should also familiarise themselves with the additional checks they will have to undertake when employing EU citizens with settled or pre-settled status.
The UK government will introduce a new points-based immigration system from the 1 January 2021. Under the new system, the government plans to end freedom of movement from the EU after the transition period ends and implement an immigration policy which treats EU citizens and non-EU citizens equally.
The government’s proposals involve points being assigned for specific skills, qualifications, salaries or professions. A visa will only be granted to foreign nationals who reach the minimum points required which is set at 70 points.
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