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.
Some immigration routes, such as Global Talent, are ‘unsponsored’. You don’t need a licence to hire employees with an unsponsored visa.
The points-based immigration system does not apply to EU, EEA and Swiss citizens that were living in the UK by 31 December 2020. They may be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.
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 should continue to accept valid passports and national identity cards of all EU citizens as evidence of their right to work in the UK up until 30 June 2021.
New guidance on carrying out right to work checks for EU citizens will be issued in advance of this date.
This does not apply to Irish citizens.
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.