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Brexit: Employing EU, EEA and Swiss citizens after 1 January 2021

6 February 2020


Information for employers on right to work checks and the immigration status of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members working in the UK after the Brexit transition period

Right to work checks
There will be no change to the way EU, EEA and Swiss citizens prove their right to work until 1 January 2021. Employers should conduct right to work checks on EU, EEA and Swiss citizens in the same way as now until 1 January 2021.

Irish citizens will continue to have the right to work in the UK and prove their right to work as they do now, for example by using their passport.

See right to work checks and ensure your workers are eligible to work in the UK.

Immigration to the UK from 1 January 2021
A new points-based immigration system will apply to people arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021 and EU citizens moving to the UK to work will need to get a visa in advance.

EU citizens applying for a skilled worker visa will need to show they have a job offer from an approved employer sponsor to be able to apply. If you are an employer planning to sponsor skilled migrants from January 2021, and are not currently an approved sponsor, you should consider getting approved now.

See more on the new immigration system: what you need to know.