Our industry body, the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) is working hard to help us prepare for Brexit, whatever the outcome.
We are keeping abreast of the latest developments so that we can update you on how an outcome will affect us and employment in the UK generally.
There is a lot of advice for employers from the Government, but I think this link is probably the clearest and most useful as a starting point: https://euexitbusiness.campaign.gov.uk/
There are links on this page to a number of useful publications and resources suitable for Candidates who are wondering what the situation will be for them.
- If you are an EU national and you want to continue living in the UK: https://www.gov.uk/staying-uk-eu-citizen
- If you are an UK Citizen in the EU: https://www.gov.uk/uk-nationals-living-eu
- New EU citizens arriving in UK will be able to stay 3 months before applying for a visa. Following this you will get remain for 36 months.
The key message is: Don’t worry if you’re already working here in the UK, you will be able to stay!
But you will need to make an application – the EU Settlement Scheme will open by 30 March 2019 and you will be able to apply until 30 June 2021, provided you were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020.
5 years’ residence will lead to settled status with a bridging pre-settled status for new arrival.
If you do have questions, please do get in touch with us and we can clarify on some of this advice and hopefully point you in the right direction!
Other HMRC links:
- The Government’s collection of technical guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there is no deal: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/how-to-prepare-if-the-uk-leaves-the-eu-with-no-deal
- The Government’s Immigration White Paper: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-uks-future-skills-based-immigration-system
- The Home Office’s guidance on Settled Status: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families