As the UK continues to adapt to life post-Brexit, the next important date from an immigration standpoint is 30 June 2021.
European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals who were resident in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 have until this date to submit their initial applications under the EU Settlement Scheme. If they do not, they will no longer have permission to remain in the UK and will have to make arrangements to leave.
In addition, where a UK employer hires an EEA / Swiss national after 30 June 2021, they will be required to undertake a full right to work check on the individual. Up until this date, employers are able to rely solely on seeing, and taking the appropriate copy of, an EEA and Swiss national’s passport or national identity card to meet the right to work check requirements. This is the case even though, since 1 January 2021, EEA / Swiss nationals have required immigration permission to live and work and providing only their passport / national identity card is not sufficient to evidence that they hold the necessary immigration permission.
We examine these upcoming changes and the actions that EEA / Swiss citizens and their employers must take before 30 June 2021 in our article which can be accessed here.