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workforce and immigration update - settlement fees scrapped and new settlement scheme

24 January 2019

Many NHS Trusts have been debating the extent to which settlement fees should be paid to employees and family members. For those still engaged in the debate Theresa May’s announcement on 21 January 2019 that the settlement application fee would be scrapped will have been welcomed news. Any fees already paid as part of the trial will be reimbursed.

With Brexit fast approaching, the final test-phase of the EU Settlement Scheme opened this week, allowing EU nationals residing in the UK and with a valid passport to apply to continue living and working here post-Brexit.

EU migrants can apply for either pre-settled or settled status, depending on how long they have resided in the UK at the point of application.

They will have until 31 December 2020 to secure residency in the UK to take advantage of the Scheme, provided a withdrawal deal is agreed. If the UK leaves without a deal, however, EU migrants will need to be resident in the UK by 29 March 2019 (only 9 weeks away) to guarantee retaining the right to live and work in the UK.

Browne Jacobson LLP specialist immigration and employment lawyers Helen Taylor and Alex Berkshire are hosting an interactive webinar on 30 January 2019 across a number of our client sectors following the publication of the Government’s long awaited proposals for a new immigration system post-Brexit. It appears that this will apply to migrants irrespective of nationality and will require all skilled migrant workers to obtain sponsorship to enable them to work here from early 2021. Helen and Alex will be detailing the proposals and exploring the potential impact on UK employers. If you are interested in attending, you can register at the link below.


Register for our immigration webinar - hear from Helen Taylor on the biggest changes to the system

Put your questions to our immigration specialists and employment lawyers LIVE on Wednesday 30 January at 2pm.

Find out more and register >

Brexit and beyond: navigating the challenges ahead

Our Brexit hub provides useful information on the key areas that are likely to be affected by Brexit, the priority issues for any business or organisation and practical guidance to help you navigate the challenges ahead.

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