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The Home Office has released a guide for employers as it prepares to switch to a new points-based immigration system next year. The system will replace free movement for EU nationals. The Home Office reminded employers that they will need to be approved sponsors to recruit EU workers beginning Jan. 1. Applications for EU nationals planning on migrating to the U.K. on or after Jan. 1, 2021, will be accepted this fall.
The key points in the guide are as follows:
Additional information: EU nationals will not need a visa to enter the U.K. as visitors. Those planning on coming as migrants will be required to apply for a visa online and go to a Visa Application Centre to have their biometrics taken. EU nationals will be permitted to use e-gates when entering the U.K., though this policy will remain under review. During a six-month transition period, employers, landlords and public service providers will accept passports and national ID cards from EU nationals as evidence of permission to work in the U.K. This transition period will end June 30, 2021. Failing to leave the U.K. after leave has expired, or failing to leave on time, will impact an individual’s migration status and may negatively affect future interactions with U.K. immigration authorities.
Analysis & Comments: The Home Office guidance provides a blueprint for U.K. companies to plan for recruitment, talent acquisition and retention after free movement ends. Employers are reminded that under the transition period, EU nationals who are living in the U.K. as of the end of 2020 must apply under the EU Settlement Scheme by June 30, 2021. Deloitte will provide additional updates on the transition to the new immigration system as information becomes available.
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