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Brexit (People)

Brexit (People)

This guidance was last updated on 08/01/2020 and is intended to provide an overview for BWF members. We would recommend reading it in conjunction with Government guidance which you can find here.

Guidance for EU, EEA and Swiss workers in the UK

– EU/EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK before 31st December 2020 have until 30th  June 2021 to apply for the EU Settlement scheme or for British Citizenship if they wish to continue to live in the UK after this date. Individuals can find out what actions they need to take if they wish to remain in the UK.

– Employers can support their workers using the Government’s EU Settlement Scheme: employer toolkit.

– There have been no changes to the ‘right to work’ for EU and European Economic Area (EEA) workers based in the UK and they should continue to be checked in the same way until June 2021.

Guidance for Non EU workers in the UK

From 1st January 2021, the UK introduced a new points‐based immigration system. This applies to EU and non‐EU citizens and require those that want to work in the UK to meet a specific set of requirements.

The new system will not apply to those citizens already living in the UK before 30th December 2020.

Guidance for UK Workers in the EU and EEA

If you employ UK workers based in EU and EEA countries, you can check the guidance for UK nationals living in EU and EEA countries here.  

How do you apply for the EU settlement scheme?

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30th June 2021. You can also apply if you’re the family member of an eligible person of Northern Ireland.

The EU Settlement Scheme is open now and it’s free to apply. Find out more by clicking here.

More on Brexit

Visit the Government’s transition webpage to find out more on Brexit.

More on Brexit
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