Right to work checks - Update

On 6 August, the government announced a temporary protection for those EU, EEA and Swiss citizens resident in the UK who missed the 30 June 2021 deadline to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme but who make their application on or after 1 July 2021. A successful application is required to continue to work, live and study in the UK.

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19/08/2021

Applications made to the EU Settlement Scheme from 1 July 2021

Those who apply to the EU Settlement Scheme from 1st July 2021, and their joining family members, will continue to have their rights protected, including their right to work in the UK, while their application is being determined. This means they will be able to accept new employment while they await the outcome of their application.

Where a prospective employee has a Certificate of Application (CoA) confirming a valid application to the EU Settlement Scheme made on or after 1 July, employers should verify this with the Home Office Employer Checking Service (ECS) in accordance with the current home office guidance, available here. Updated guidance is expected in due course.

For further information, please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/right-to-work-checks-employing-eu-eea-and-swiss-citizens