Employers advised to prepare for end of EU settlement scheme grace period

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With the UK having now left the European Union, businesses are being urged by the Government to carry out the necessary checks to ensure they are compliant with the new rules and regulations.  

However, the current Home Office guidance surrounding EU nationals who have been living in the UK prior to 31st December 2020 poses a risk to employers according to Thal Vasishta, corporate immigration solicitor and founder of Paragon Law.  

Citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss nationals who lived in the UK prior to 31 December 2020 and plan on continuing to live here are eligible for the EU settlement scheme and should apply to ensure they can remain resident in the UK.

EEA or Swiss citizens arriving in the UK from January 1 2021 will need to ensure their employer has the necessary skilled worker license and that they meet the required points-based criteria. The same rules apply for a citizen from outside of the EEA or Switzerland, with the exception of the Republic of Ireland.

Currently, employers are allowed a 6-month grace period which ends on 30 June 2021. This means that employers will not be expected to differentiate between those that

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