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EU Settlement Scheme Update: 6 Days to Go

There are 6 days until the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) application deadline of 30 June 2021.

Those who submit a valid application to the Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 secure their existing rights in UK law while their application is considered. Over 5.6 million have now applied to the Settlement Scheme, including tens-of-thousands from Northern Ireland.

EU Settlement Scheme:

  • As an employer, you are not required to communicate with your employee regarding the EU Settlement Scheme; it is the responsibility of the employee.
  • Unless you are qualified to do so, you should not provide any immigration advice to your employee. You should direct them to the Home Office Website for official guidance.

Employer guidance:

Prior to 30 June:

  • Until 30 June 2021, any EU citizen can prove their right to work through their valid passport or national identity card.
  • Any non-EU family member can prove their right to work by providing their valid biometrics card.
  • For those who have applied to the EU settlement scheme, you can also show your status online by generating a share code using the following LINK. This form of proof can be used after 30 June 2021.

After 30 June:

  • The new immigration rules for recruiting people from outside the UK will apply, which can be accessed via the LINK 
  • Employers will not need to make retrospective checks for existing employees.
  • Following the introduction of a points-based system in 1 January 2021, you now need to hire a a licensed sponsor to hire eligible employees from outside the UK. (This excludes Irish citizens)

The Home Office is encouraging those who are eligible to apply now using the LINK.