Q & A: UK’s new immigration system: how will it impact EU Nationals and their employers?

On 31 December 2020, free movement of people will cease to operate in the United Kingdom as a new immigration system will be introduced from 1 January 2021 and the government has provided further details of the new system on 13 July 2020.

05 August 2020

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On 31 December 2020, free movement of people will cease to operate in the United Kingdom.

A new immigration system will be introduced from 1 January 2021 and the government has provided further details of the new system on 13 July 2020.

The proposed system is aimed to be a “fair and firm” points-based system designed to attract high-skilled workers. This will apply to both non-European nationals and European nationals.

The changes will affect the way in which organisations recruit EU & EEA citizens who will require sponsorship from employers. This is a significant change for EU employers in the UK and we recommend our clients plan ahead and prepare for the changes now.

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