In the event that the UK leaves the EU with a deal, the UK’s new immigration regime is expected to operate from 2021. The British Chambers of Commerce is advising the Home Office on this, using feedback from across the UK Chamber Network.
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal:
Recognition of professional qualifications
What will be your skills and labour needs over the next few years?
Will you need to hire someone from outside the UK?
What steps will you need to take to hire them?
Could different arrangements (remote working) be feasible for your business?
Consider how your future travel to the EU for the servicing of contracts or other purposes may be affected.
Are you and your employees aware of changes to UK passport rules for travel to Europe in the event of a no deal? UK Government guidance on passport rules after Brexit: Passport rules for travel to Europe after Brexit.
Check the non-EEA visa requirements for the country you are visiting: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
If you transfer staff between businesses in your group, or run a graduate training scheme, restrictions may apply. Current non-EEA Intra Company Transfers fall under the UK’s Tier 2 sponsorship arrangements, with regulatory and record keeping requirements for employers: www.gov.uk/uk-visa-sponsorship-employers
The future skills-based immigration system white paper sets out the government's plans to introduce a new single immigration system, from January 2021, ending free movement. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-uks-future-skills-based-immigration-system
FCO has issued EU Exit information for UK nationals living in or travelling to and from the EU if there’s no deal - includes work, education, recognition of professional qualifications etc, Important EU Exit Information for UK Nationals
FCO information on the rights and status of UK nationals living in the European Union, European Economic Area (EEA) and European Free Trade Area (EFTA), and Switzerland: Advice for British Nationals Travelling and Living in Europe
Information on travel modes and what you may need to do to travel to or in the EU and EEA after the UK leaves the EU. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/passenger-travel-to-the-eu-by-air-rail-or-sea-after-brexit
Staff may require a visa to undertake any work in the EU. Information on the rights of UK nationals travelling in the European Union, European Economic Area (EEA) and European Free Trade Area (EFTA), and Switzerland https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-nationals-travelling-to-eu-essential-information
Under the Withdrawal Agreement, EU nationals and their family members who have lived in the UK for at least five years by 31 December 2020 will be able to apply for UK Settled Status. Those who have been here for less than 5 years, can apply for Pre-Settled status until they meet the full criteria. The EU Settlement Scheme opened fully on 30 March 2019, with 30 June 2021 the deadline for applications. Further ahead, there will be changes to the UK’s immigration regime. The British Chambers of Commerce is advising the Home Office on this, using feedback from across the UK Chamber Network.
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the government has announced arrangements for EU citizens arriving in the UK in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal and before the new skills-based immigration system is introduced in 2021.https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-outlines-no-deal-arrangements-for-eu-citizens
EU citizens already in the UK or arriving before EU exit day
EU citizens arriving in the UK after EU exit day
What percentage of your UK workforce is from the EU27?
Do your staff know the next steps to take to register as an EU citizen working in the UK?
What can you do to help retain skills and labour?
The EU Settlement Scheme opened fully on 30 March 2019. Applications are free of charge. www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families
The Home Office has published an Employer Toolkit which covers the key details of the EU Settlement Scheme, information and materials with which to support affected staff and their families:
The toolkit includes:
Guidance is now available on GOV.UK in 23 official EU languages, as well as in Norwegian, Icelandic and Welsh. There are also other translated assets, which include:
HO guidance on the EU Settlement Scheme Assisted Digital service: EU Settlement Scheme Assisted Digital Service for applicants who don’t have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to complete the form. The locations where people can get a biometric ID document scanned if they do not have an Android device with near field communication (NFC) can be found here: EU Settlement Scheme: ID document scanner locations
UK Government has released a policy paper outlining the UK Government's action to protect the rights of UK nationals living in the EU https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/policy-paper-on-the-rights-of-uk-nationals-in-the-eu
Home Office have published guidance on organisations funded to provide support to vulnerable and at-risk EU citizens applying to the EU Settlement Scheme: EU Settlement Scheme: community support for vulnerable citizens