- Date: Friday 24th July 2020
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There has been some further guidance on the changing employment landscape post-BREXIT.
The move to an Australian-style points system means that people wanting to live and work in the UK will be able to do so, if they fulfil the criteria based on their skills, education, financial independence and qualifications. In other words, what they can bring to the country.
May your organisation be affected by these changes? Here comes a summary of what to consider:
UK-based organisations, employing EU citizens:
- The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) is open and can easily be applied for online: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families
- Ask your staff to apply between now and 30th June 2021.
- Maintain a copy of their ‘settled status’ documentation on their personnel file.
- Employees not eligible for settled status may have to apply for a working visa under the new rules (see below).
UK-based organisations, planning to hire EU citizens:
- From 31st December 2020, new hires from Europe will need to qualify under the new post-Brexit immigration scheme or the settled status scheme.
- Consider recruiting early and ask your EU citizen to apply for pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
- Ensure that new hires in regulated professions have qualifications that are recognised by the UK, before offering the job.
- There may be additional costs attached to the employer and employee when hiring from abroad – check current guidance, since the details are still being developed.
UK-based organisations with EU-based employees:
- Employees can continue to work in the EU until 1st January 2021.
- Arrangements following this date vary from country to country and workers may need to apply for a work permit. Check the rules published via the European Commission at the time.
- Employees in certain regulated professions may have to ensure that their UK qualifications are recognised in the EU country they work in.
Travel to the EU for work:
- UK nationals and EU nationals registered with the settlement scheme will continue to be able to travel without restrictions until 1st January 2021.
- Visits post this date are likely to be possible without interruption or visa applications, although only for up to 90 days in any 180-day period within the Schengen Zone.
- Some EU countries may require travellers to apply for visas, even if they are only visiting for a few days. This may put additional costs on employers, since the cost of travel visas will be expected to be reimbursed.
- Review your company travel policy and amend as required – we are happy to support you with this.
Crossing the Irish Border
- UK and Irish citizens will be able to move freely under the Common Travel Agreement (CTA) after 1st January 2021.
- This rule does not apply to EU citizens, who may need to apply for a travel visa – please check the rules.
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Source: Manuela Grossmann