Thinking of hiring from the EU?
The way you hire from the EU has changed. You need to register your business as a licensed sponsor to hire most eligible people from outside the UK.
Freedom of movement between the UK and EU ended on 1 January 2021 and the UK implemented a points-based immigration system. The system has skill, salary and language requirements that change the way you hire from outside the UK. This does not apply to Irish citizens.
The system allows UK employers to sponsor and recruit skilled workers from around the world through a variety of immigration routes.
The points-based immigration system does not apply to EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who:
If an EU citizen has reasonable grounds for being unable to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021, they will be given a further opportunity to apply.
Read the Right to work checks employer’s guide for information on what to do in this situation.
Before applying to be a sponsor you should:
To apply, you will need to:
You should allow 8 weeks for your sponsor licence registration to be processed. A licence will then be valid up to 4 years from the date of approval.
As a licensed sponsor, you’ll be able to hire eligible employees from anywhere in the world. Apply today.
To hire someone from outside the UK, excluding Irish citizens, the job you are advertising must meet the minimum skill and salary thresholds:
If the above requirements are met and you are a licensed sponsor, you may be able to sponsor their application to come to the UK to work.
You need to check an EU job applicant’s right to work online using:
As of 1 July 2021, you can no longer accept an EU citizen’s passport or ID card alone as evidence of their right to work.
You don’t have to undertake retrospective checks on EU citizens who were employed on or before 30 June 2021.
Read the guide on how EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can view and prove their immigration status (eVisa).
Irish citizens can continue to use their passport or passport card to prove their right to work.
The UK has left the EU and the transition period ended on 31 December 2020. Find out how the UK’s new relationship with the EU could affect your business.