The deadline for EU residents current within the UK previous to the tip of the Brexit transition interval (December 31, 2020) to use for depart beneath the EU Settlement Scheme is June 30, 2021. Normally, the appliance beneath the EU Settlement Scheme is dealt with by the people themselves. Nevertheless, employers are obligated to make sure all workers have proper to work, together with EU residents, as per the present pointers.
The Residence Workplace has confirmed that it isn’t an employer’s duty to make sure their EU citizen workers have utilized beneath the EU Settlement Scheme by the deadline (June 30, 2021). Nevertheless, it is strongly recommended that employers play a job within the course of by reminding workers of the approaching deadline and motion to be taken.
For this goal, the Residence Workplace has created and shared info within the employer toolkit accessible on their official web site here. The toolkit features a helpful easy presentation, factsheet, and a leaflet, all of which can be distributed to workers.
Workers with Present EEA Residence Paperwork and Pending Citizenship Purposes
We suggest employers make it clear to EEA nationals (and/or their members of the family) who have already got paperwork issued beneath the Immigration (European Financial Space) Rules 2016 (the EEA Rules) that they need to additionally apply beneath the brand new EU Settlement Scheme. Present EEA paperwork will not be legitimate after June 30, 2021.
Moreover, a person who has utilized for British citizenship utilizing their EEA everlasting residence doc or card should additionally apply beneath the EU Settlement Scheme by June 30, 2021 if British citizenship has not been granted by that date. Submission of an software for British citizenship doesn’t lengthen an individual’s immigration permission to remain within the UK, so an immigration software will probably be required to keep up lawful immigration standing whereas the citizenship course of stays in progress. Please observe the place an applicant should attend a citizenship ceremony as a part of the method, citizenship shouldn’t be conferred till the date the ceremony has taken place.
Proper to Work Checks after June 30, 2021
The Residence Workplace has confirmed employers don’t want to hold out retroactive Proper to Work Checks on present EU citizen workers after the June 30, 2021 deadline. Nevertheless, from July 1, 2021 onwards (inclusive) all new EU, EEA, and Swiss citizen workers employed should reveal their proper to work both with their pre-settled or settled standing, or with a sound related UK visa. EU passports or any beforehand issued EEA residence paperwork will not be enough to point out legitimate proper to work within the UK.
For extra details about the EU Settlement Scheme and software course of please see the Residence Workplace’s steering (here).