Just one month left to apply to EU Settlement Scheme: what employers need to know

EU workers have just one month left to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to secure the right to live and work in the UK.

If you employ EU nationals, here’s what you need to know.

What is the EU Settlement Scheme?

European Union, European Economic Area (EEA), and Swiss citizens who lived and/or worked in the UK before the end of the transition period will be offered permanent residence, providing they meet the relevant criteria to stay.

The application process is free, but applicants must demonstrate that they are in the UK as a worker, student, or self-sufficient person. They are also required to provide a form of official ID (such as a passport or driver’s licence) and their National Insurance (NI) number, if they have one.

Workers who have lived in the UK for at least five years can apply for “settled status”, while those who have lived in the UK for less than five years can only apply for “pre-settled status”.

When is the deadline?

The scheme will close to new applications on 30 June 2021. If EU workers do not apply by that time, they may be forced to return to their country of nationality.

What do I need to do as an employer?

Employers should ensure that eligible workers are aware of the scheme and the consequences of not applying in time. You should encourage your employees to apply as soon as possible to avoid uncertainty and offer assistance where possible.

After 30 June 2021, a new digital system will be launched to help employers check proof of settled status. If you continue to employ a worker who has not received settled status, your business may be fined.

Where can I get more information?

To learn more about the EU Settlement Scheme, please click here.

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