Further to the news that Yvette Ashby, Founder and CEO of PCIAW®, joined the Employers Consultation with Home Office Group (ECHO) on 24th March 2021, PCIAW® is encouraging businesses to ensure that employees from the EU, EEA and Switzerland have completed the necessary paperwork to retain the right to work in the UK after June 2021.
The textiles and manufacturing industry recruits a significant amount of EU, EEA and Swiss workers across the professional supply chain, so it is integral that employers from every sector ensure that their employees have the relevant Right to Work certification.
The UK officially departed from the EU on 1 January 2021, moving on from the transition period into post-Brexit independence. The UK Home Office is implementing its new point-based immigration system, which will impact businesses employing EU, EEA and Swiss citizens, living in the UK.
For those who want to start a job in the UK in 2021, they must provide evidence on their right to work.
Non-British citizens who are EU, EEA and Swiss citizens must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme in order to continue to live and work in the UK after June 2021.
A new points-based system has been introduced for anyone that wants to move to the UK to live, work or study.
Irish citizens or those with indefinite leave to remain or enter do not have to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme but can if they choose to.
EU Settlement Scheme
Arrangements are in place to ensure that EU citizens who were resident in the UK before 31 December 2020 can secure their status under the EU Settlement Scheme but should apply no later than 30 June 2021.
Applying to the EU Settlement Scheme is free of charge and can be completed online via a three-step application procedure.
If your application is successful, you will receive either settled or pre-settled status. The status you get depends on how long you have been resident in the UK when you apply.
If your application to the EU Settlement Scheme is successful, you can prove your right to work using the online Right to Work service. It will only become compulsory to provide evidence for settled status after 30 June 2021.
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