Scotland’s enterprise and skills agencies are urging all businesses to take steps to respond to changes resulting from Brexit.

All EU, EEA or Swiss citizens who were living in the UK prior to 1 January 2021 must register under the EU Settlement Scheme.

With the end of free movement between the UK and EU, there are also new systems in place for recruiting staff from outside the UK.

Individuals

Individuals are encouraged to become familiar with the changes which could affect them, their family and friends or colleagues.

EU Settled Status and Pre-Settled Status

All EU, EEA or Swiss citizens who were living in the UK prior to 1 January 2021 must register under the EU Settlement Scheme. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

The length of time individuals have lived in the UK will determine if they apply for Settled Status (living in the UK for five or more consecutive years) or Pre-Settled Status (living in the UK for less than five years). 

More information about the Settlement Scheme is available here.

New Immigration Process

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who enter the UK for the first time from the 1st January 2021 will normally have to apply for a visa under the Points-Based System to live and work in the UK.

Information about the current visa process is available from Scottish Development International here.

Employers

Businesses are encouraged to plan for changes which may occur following the Brexit transition period. For further information, click '+'.

EU Settled Status and Pre-Settled Status

All EU, EEA or Swiss citizens who were living in the UK prior to 1 January 2021 must register under the EU Settlement Scheme. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

The length of time individuals have lived in the UK will determine if they apply for Settled Status (living in the UK for five or more consecutive years) or Pre-Settled Status (living in the UK for less than five years). 

The UK Government has created an Employer Toolkit that equips employers with the right tools and information to support EU/EEA and Swiss citizens and their families to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

The Employer Toolkit is available here.

New Immigration Process

The Home Office has opened applications for the new skilled worker visa. The new points-based immigration system treats EU and non-EU citizens equally and anyone coming to the UK to work from 1 January 2021 must apply for a visa in advance.

The Home Office has also released information for employers to help them prepare. If you are looking to employ an EU/ EEA/Swiss citizen or international citizen, you will need to ensure the job vacancy/individual meets the requirements of the Immigration System.

Information about the current visa process is available from Scottish Development International here.

 

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