In the run up to Brexit, the Home Office has released a toolkit containing briefing packs, leaflets and posters to convey information about how EU nationals can apply for residency paperwork under a new settlement scheme; and how employers can support their employees in doing so. The information focuses on communicating key facts, important information, eligibility requirements and important dates.
By being equipped with the right tools and information, employers will be able to provide practical advice to their employees on how to apply for a new settled status. The “implementation period” will run from the exit date of 29 March 2019 until 31 December 2020 and will become a mandatory scheme for EU/EEA nationals beyond 31 December 2020.
The settlement scheme will allow EU/EEA nationals and their families to apply for pre-settled or settled status, so that they can continue to live and work in the UK. Those who've lived in the UK continuously for five years will be able to apply for settled status. However, those who've not been resident for five years will be issued with ‘pre-settled’ status which will be translated into the new immigration status once they've reached the five-year mark.
The Home Office has indicated that those applying under the scheme will only need to complete three key steps:
- Verify proof of identity and nationality by scanning an EU passport or national identity card and uploading a photograph to verify.
- Confirm proof of UK residency by providing a National Insurance number or other suitable documentation.
- Complete the criminality check by declaring criminal convictions.
The scheme is planned to be phased in later this year and fully open by March 2019 with the deadline for applications being 30 June 2021.
TalentScotland is currently running a number of workshops for employers who wish to obtain a licence to sponsor international (non EEA) staff and for those who already hold such a licence. These workshops will now contain a short update on new residency rules for EEA nationals post Brexit.
Further information can be found on the HM Government website