As you may already know, from 1st July 2021, the process for completing right-to-work checks on EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will change. Employers will no longer be able to accept EU passports or ID cards as valid proof of right-to-work in the UK, except for Irish citizens.

You will need to apply for the EU settlement scheme (settled and pre-settled status) if you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen arriving before 31st December 2020, you can apply at any time until 30th June 2021. If you miss the deadline, you will become unlawfully present and will be at risk of losing access to employment and benefits.

If you apply to the EU Settlement Scheme successfully, you’ll be able to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021 and will be given either: – 

  • Settled status (if you have lived in the UK for a continuous 5 years)
  • Pre-settled status (If you have not lived in the UK for a continuous 5 years, you can apply to switch to settled status as soon as you’ve had 5 years’ continuous residence)

You can apply for the EU Settlement Scheme here: –  https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-status?step-by-step-nav=0c79b832-75de-4854-8154-d62774a8dfb8

If your application is successful, a letter will be emailed to you confirming your settled or pre-settled status (you cannot use this letter to prove your status). You can view your status or prove it to someone else online. 

Any EU citizens entering the UK from 1st January 2021, either temporarily or permanently, must comply with UK domestic immigration Laws. You can find out more information on the link here: – https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/eu-eea-swiss

If you need any further information, please refer to the gov.uk website, or contact the Home Office.