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Recruiting from the EU

Freedom of movement between the UK and EU has ended. With limited exceptions, anyone you want to recruit to work in the UK, who is not a British or Irish national, is likely to need visa permission.

This will have a significant impact on whether organisations will be able to access the critical skills they need to support their businesses. The visa process is complex and the costs of bringing EEA or Swiss workers into the UK to work are high. Employers will have to factor in the additional cost and processing time constraints to obtain a visa into their recruitment plans to ensure their workers are able to start on time.

Further reading

Immigration Passports

New Home Office guidance published on right to work checks from 1 July 2021

23 June 2021

On 18 June 2021 the Home Office released new guidance for employers on carrying out right to work checks. This has been published ahead of significant changes to right to work checks affecting EEA/Swiss (EEA) nationals and their family members from 1 July 2021.

Immigration Barriers

Home Office strategy statement on legal migration and border control – what’s in it?

03 June 2021

As part of the government’s ‘new plan for immigration’ the Home Office released a strategy statement on 24 May 2021 setting out its plans for legal migration and border control. It provides an overview of what is an ambitious programme of change, spanning both operational and policy transformation.


Some important pointers about EU Settlement Scheme-related deadlines

05 May 2021

The main EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) deadline is looming on 30 June 2021, however there are other deadlines and considerations that applicants and their employers may not be aware of.

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Immigration announcements in the Spring Budget 2021

04 March 2021

On 3 March 2021 the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced a range of immigration measures designed to help highly skilled and skilled international talent come to the UK to support business growth, particularly for scale-up businesses, innovative businesses and intra-company transfers, and to contribute to the advancement of key industry sectors such as academia, science, research and technology. There are also commitments to improving the system for business users, and to marketing the UK’s visa offering more effectively.

UK Visa

Skilled Worker visa provides new options for foreign workers

22 January 2021

Under the new immigration system launched on 1 December 2020, the Skilled Worker route has replaced Tier 2 (General). Benefits for employers include fewer restrictions on switching into the Skilled Worker visa from within the UK; lowering the skills threshold to RQF Level 3; reduced salary thresholds and removal of the Resident Labour Market Test. We discuss the impact of these changes below, as well as some of the considerations for settlement.

Immigration Passports

What the trade deal with the EU means for immigration

29 December 2020

With the end of the Brexit implementation period comes the end of free movement of persons. This is the case irrespective of the fact that the UK has secured a trade deal with the EU.

Deadline Clock and Calendar

The countdown for the new UK immigration system 2020 and Brexit – are you ready?

21 December 2020

From 1 December 2020 a new immigration system came into force in the UK. It will apply to EEA/Swiss (‘EEA’) nationals from 1 January 2021. Employers should have started preparing for these changes, including understanding the proposed new rules, checking recruitment plans and budgets, obtaining or reviewing a sponsor licence and assisting staff with applications under the EU Settlement Scheme.

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