Your business and Brexit
The UK has now left the EU. Therefore, businesses employing foreign nationals are now in a period of transition and need to implement Brexit planning to ensure they are ready for 1 January 2021. Whilst many new processes and legislations are still a work in progress, it is important that businesses prepare as much as possible, within current guidelines, to be ready for 2021.
In short, this could include obtaining permission to work in the UK, applying to the EU settlement scheme and/or applying for an employer’s sponsor license.
We want to assure you that K2 have a dedicated immigration team who are here to help your business through this process every step of the way.
Simplifying the process, ensuring everything is covered
Operating globally means that your employees often need to undertake regular business travel. The frequency of visits and length of time spent at different countries necessitate important immigration service planning. It is vital to ensure you do not find your employees on the wrong side of the new immigration rules which can run the risk of costly financial penalties, as well as reputational damage and loss of productivity.
Now, with Brexit, even more careful planning is required to ensure accurate execution, especially as these are somewhat uncharted waters for immigration. Our aim is to reduce the burden on you and take on the complexity on your behalf, simplifying the process by providing comprehensive guidance throughout.
Preparation: obtaining permission to work
Employers should be aware that EU nationals coming to work in the UK from 1 January 2021 will require permission to work under the new immigration system that comes into force from that date. EU employees already in the UK or coming to the UK before 31 December 2020 will be able to take advantage of the free-to-apply EU Settlement Scheme. A successful application will allow the employee to live and work in the UK for a temporary five year period or permanently, dependent on their application qualifying criteria.
K2 can provide guidance and assistance throughout the application process.
What you need to be doing now
It is vital that employers review their HR records to ensure their EU employees register to the scheme before 30 June 2021.
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