The UK Home Office has launched its guidance for employers on the new Points-based Immigration System that will take effect from 1st January 2021. From this date, free movement will end and the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system. The new system will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally and transform the way in which all migrants come to the UK to work. Anyone coming to the UK to work, excluding Irish citizens, will need to apply for permission in advance.
The key messages for employers are:
- The way you hire from the EU is changing. From 1 January 2021, you will need to register as a licensed sponsor to hire eligible people from outside the UK.
- Free movement is ending, and the new points-based immigration system will introduce job, salary and language requirements that will change the way you hire from the EU.
- The new system will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally and transform the way in which employers recruit from outside the UK.
- You’ll need a sponsor licence to hire most eligible employees from outside the UK.
The new system will not apply to EU employees already working for you in the UK. EU citizens and their family members living in the UK by 31st December 2020 can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme and those eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme must apply by 30th June 2021.
There is some more information in the Employers Partner Pack which is attached below (although this is mainly marketing images) but the starting point for the details on how to deal with employing people from the EU (and the rest of the world) is the Government web-site at https://pbisemployers.campaign.gov.uk/.