Hiring Workers from the EU

The transition period for exiting the EU is ending on 31 December 2020 and as a  result the current rules for hiring workers from the EU will change.

From 1 January 2021, the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system.

Hiring Workers from the EU

Regardless of the nature of the future trading relationship with the EU, from 1 January there will be guaranteed changes for businesses:

  • You will need to be a licensed sponsor to hire eligible workers from outside the UK. This normally takes 8 weeks and fees apply. Check your business is eligible and read the accompanying sponsorship guidance.
  • New job, salary and language requirements will apply to anyone that you want to hire from outside the UK. Check that the people you want to hire will meet the requirements for coming to the UK for work.

The new system will not apply to hiring Irish citizens, or EU citizens already living and working in the UK who are eligible under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Where to Find Help…

There are sector-specific webinars to walk you through the actions you need to take. All previously recorded webinars are also available.

If you do not take action, there is a risk your business operations will be interrupted.

You can find out what other actions you may need to take by visiting gov.uk/transition and using the checker tool.

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