BREXIT NEWS – EU WORKERS REMAINING IN THE UK AFTER 31 JANUARY 2020

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SOME GUIDANCE NOTES – AN OVERVIEW

There is a current awareness that the Government is attempting to secure a deal before the 31st January 2020 deadline, and for the simplicity of this briefing, Regis Recruitment has sourced its information from the GOV.uk and taken extracts from Briefing Brexit handouts. Please note that things are evolving, on a day by day basis, and will be amended over the coming weeks/Months and Years.

Our objective is to enlighten you on what is happening, so you can make informed decisions for the future. Our information is for reading only

WHAT AN EMPLOYER NEEDS TO KNOW

It is important to note that the UK Government is committed to protecting the rights of EU to live and work in the UK, following the UK’s departure from the EU – regardless of whether there is a deal or a no-deal outcome

Employers will have a responsibility to ensure they do not employ illegal workers. By carrying out some simple checks and by advising workers of what they need to do and when by

This can be achieved by conducting 3 step check before employing someone

  1. Obtain original documents as specified in the guidance notes
  2. Check the validity of the documents (originals) against the holder
  3. Retain copies. Date & sign these as “originals seen”

Once the Govt has its online service operational, employers can use an alternative option, which is to obtain the status of an EU worker via a Govt portal using a unique individual access code – very similar to that of the DVLA checks for driver’s. This will provide an Employer with a PDF or HTML record.

This will only work when a worker has notified the employer, that they are registered online

WHAT AN EU WORKER NEEDS TO KNOW

31 January 2020 – NO DEAL BREXIT

You may have seen on TV and in newspapers that the Government has been making people aware of a possible ‘NO DEAL’ Brexit, should negotiations fail. If this is the case, then the following areas will probably take effect from 01 February 2020 going forward deadline dates may change. No changes have been posted to the Govt Website

Settled Status

A person who has resided in the UK/EEA Swiss citizens who has lived in the UK for a continuous 5 year or more period

Pre settled status

A person who has resided in the UK up to the 31st January 2020, and has less than 5 years residency, can apply for a pre settled status and, depending upon each case, allow them to extend up to a further 5 years until they have accumulated a minimum of 5 years status, at which time they can apply for ‘settled status’ 12 months after they have been confirmed as ‘settled status’ they can also apply for British citizenship, should they wish to do so

The deadline to apply is by 31 December 2020 (you must have resided in the UK up to 31 Dec 2020)

 As this deadline is not until 31 Dec 2020 – we suggest that you wait for any final amendments to the Govt website and review this early during 2020 as many people might panic thinking that they might lose their status – this is not the case

31 January 2020 – DEAL BREXIT

In the likely event that the Government and the EU secure a negotiated settlement by the 31st January 2020, then the following areas may take effect from 01 February 2020

The deadline to apply is by 30 June 2021 (you must have resided in the UK up to 31 Dec 2020)

 As this deadline is many months away – we suggest that you wait for any final amendments to the Govt website and review this during 2020 as many people might panic thinking that they might lose their status – this is not the case

Entering the UK from an EU state – for the purposes of finding work/Study – after a NO Deal Brexit

For example – an EU citizen entering the UK from 01 February 2020 until 31 December 2020 will be allowed to remain for the purposes of work up to 31 December 2020.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Most common mistakes made by an employer are;

  1. Not making a complete copy – i.e. missing the rear of a card or certificate
  2. Not recording the date when the copies were made
  3. Not signing the copy to confirm who took the copies
  4. Not completing follow up checks on expiry dates – i.e. Visa expiry
  5. If employing Students – not making a copy of their term dates from their University or College
  6. The application is free to EU workers

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