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Brexit: employing EU, EEA and Swiss citizens after Brexit

15 April 2019


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 Brexit

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. This remains the same if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

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
The government aims to introduce a new single immigration system from 1 January 2021. The future skills-based immigration system white paper sets out the plans.

Visitors from the EU, EEA or Switzerland will be able to come to the UK for six months, including tourists and business visitors. Individuals will be able to get proof of their status through a Home Office online service. This will show their rights in the UK. More detailed information will be provided in due course.

See more on employing EU, EEA and Swiss Citizens and their family members after Brexit.