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Brexit – EEA National Employees

Apr 08, 2019
by Ezra Moffatt, Consultant
0333 400 7920 | ezra@employassisthr.co.uk

As the UK’s exit from the European Union continues to be fraught with uncertainty, EEA Nationals who are currently living and working in the UK may be concerned about what it all means for them and as an employer you may wish to provide your employees with guidance.

The UK government has issued guidance for those individual with regard to applying for ‘settled status’. 

Individuals who have been in the UK for five years or more will be granted settled status and those who have been in the UK for less than five years will be granted pre-settled status, which can be converted to settled status when they have been resident for five years.

The scheme allowing them to make an application was fully opened on 30 March 2019 following a phased roll-out. The deadline for submitting applications is 30 June 2021 if a withdrawal deal is reached, or 31 December 2020 in the event of a no-deal. 

You are not required to make sure that EEA nationals who work for you apply for settled or pre-settled status; however, you are required to ensure that your employees have the right to work in the UK and you may wish to inform them importance of making sure that they have the correct status.

EmployAssist HR can provide you with a letter to give to employees which sets out who should apply the importance of applying and also how to apply. 

For further information please contact Ezra Moffatt via email or call 0333 400 7920.