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From 1 January 2021, there will be a new immigration system for all migrants, including EU migrants that have not entered the UK before 31 December 2020. All employers in the UK seeking to hire workers from outside of the EU and from within it must have a sponsor licence issued by the Home Office.
There are ongoing compliance requirements with a sponsor licence in relation to record keeping and reporting. The Home Office can suspend or remove an employer’s licence, which may stop a business from recruiting overseas workers and result in a loss of their recruited talent.
All businesses are required to check and record their employee’s right to work. Small to medium sized businesses are disproportionately targeted by Home Office Compliance.
Overseas nationals require a visa to work in the UK, including EU nationals.
EEA nationals (including EU nationals) and Swiss nationals who lived in the UK by 31 December 2020 need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021. Right to work check rules will change after 30 June 2021.
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