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For organisations wishing to take on EU migrants, the Government’s recently published Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) Report offers a potential glimpse into the UK’s future immigration system. Whilst no firm agreement has been reached, the current recommendation is for EU citizens to be subject to the same immigration controls as those wishing to come to the UK from outside the EU (i.e. no special treatment for EU citizens). For businesses that are heavily reliant on EU migrants and who are not already a licensed sponsor under the points-based system and registered with the UK Visas & Immigration, this could pose a risk to your businesses’ ability to operate.
One area of the government’s prospective post-Brexit immigration policy that is a bit clearer is the treatment of EU migrants who are already living and working in the UK. The Home Secretary has set out plans for a process, the EU Exit Settlement Scheme, which generally speaking means that EU migrant workers living in the UK by the end of 2020 can apply to live and work in the UK indefinitely once they have been resident in the UK for five years. If the EU migrant has already lived in the UK for five years they can apply for settled status as soon as the process is made available. Whilst this scheme will open fully by 30th March 2019, some EU migrants may be eligible to take part in the current pilot. Businesses with EU migrant workers should ensure any EU employees have full information to take advantage of this process and safeguard their immigration status.
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