From 1 January 2021 the new post Brexit immigration policy came into force. This means that the free movement throughout the EU/EEA ended. The Government introduced a new points-based system that treats EU and non-EU citizens equally and aims to attract skilled people regardless of their nationality to contribute to the UK economy.
All existing residents in the UK before 31 December 2020, who are EU/EEA or Swiss nationals and their family members should apply before 30 June 2021 to establish status under EU Settlement Scheme.
Under the new points-based system anyone who wants to move to the UK and work must meet specific requirements to be granted a work visa. Such requirements include having a job offer from a Home Office licensed sponsor, meeting a job specific skill and salary requirements. They must also pass the English language skill requirement.
If you are a UK business that relies on European workers, you will need a sponsor licence to continue employing Europeans who have newly arrived in the UK. The Home Office announced that all employers not currently approved should apply for a sponsorship license to be able to employ EU nationals in the future.
EU nationals who want to visit the UK can travel without restrictions and stay up to the 6 month allowance.
EU nationals who wish to study in the UK must have an offer from the educational institution. Additionally, they must meet language requirements and be able to pay for their course, supporting themselves whilst in the UK.
Employers, landlords and public service providers can continue to accept EU citizens’ passports and identity cards as evidence of their immigration status until 30 June 2021.
Due to complex new immigration rules that have been imposed on EU nationals it is important to regulate your status in the UK and seek immigration advice regarding your future plans if you wish to stay or come to the UK.
Please talk to our expert immigration lawyers about your particular situation and they can advise and help you through the complicated application process.