Earlier this month, the Home Office announced that it reached the 5 million mark for successful EUSS applications. With so many more EU nationals left to register on the EU Settlement Scheme, the Home Office is urging remaining Europeans in the UK to register for pre-settled or settled status.
From 1st July 2021, those who have not registered will be considered “unlawfully resident” and will face restrictions on rights and entitlements in the UK.
We recommend that urgent action is taken to register on the EU Settlement Scheme before the end of the grace period i.e. 30th June 2021. The application for pre-settled or settled status could take days, weeks, and in some cases months. Failure to have your application processed before 1st July 2021 will mean that your rights and entitlements will be interrupted during processing period. As an unlawful resident, this will have a huge impact on your livelihood as your employer could terminate your employment, your landlord can terminate your tenancy agreement, and you will no longer have access to NHS healthcare.
The sooner you make your EU Settlement Scheme application the more likely you will receive pre-settled or settled status before 1 July 2021 and protect yourself from remaining in the UK unlawfully.
Employers are also required to ensure that your HR records and Right To Work checks are up-to-date and compliant. All your employees must have the legal right to work in the UK – whether you hold a sponsor licence or not. Should you wish to employ any EU, EEA or Swiss national who enters the UK after 1st January this year, you will need to apply for a Skilled Worker visa for them.
Please contact us if you need any assistance or advice on the EU Settlement Scheme or staff record compliance.