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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

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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.


A briefing note on the immigration implications for Tier 2 workers of changes to salary, the Government’s Furlough Scheme and redundancy amid the COVID-19 pandemic

02 November 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has significant and wide-ranging economic as well as public health impacts. Businesses are feeling the side-effects of profoundly changed trading circumstances. This note will take you through the immigration implications of a number of actions you may be forced to take to protect your business due to the pandemic, taking into account Home Office guidance as this is updated.


EU Settlement Scheme statistics show there’s still a need to encourage people to apply

19 December 2019

The Home Office’s most recent experimental statistics show that nearly 2.6 million applications were made under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) to the end of November 2019, and more than 2.2 million have been concluded. These figures include repeat applications by the same person however.

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