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EU Citizens in the UK

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, EU citizens already resident in the UK before Brexit will have until December 2020 to apply for leave to remain under the EU Settlement Scheme. The government has proposed that EU citizens arriving after Brexit, until 31 December 2020, will be able to stay and work under current conditions until the end of this period. Those wishing to stay beyond 31 December 2020 will be able to apply for the voluntary, three-year European Temporary Leave to Remain (Euro TLR) scheme. If they want to stay longer, they will then have to apply under the future immigration system.

If you’d like to discuss how we can best assist your EU national employees and their families update their status and protect their rights to work and reside in the UK, please register your interest in the form on the right of this page.

UK Nationals in the EU

For employers, understanding the impact of a no-deal Brexit on their UK national employees working, living and traveling across the EU is a highly complex challenge.  Rules for UK nationals will vary depending on the host member state. Employers need to consider various employee scenarios, including UK nationals on local contracts in the EU, those assigned temporarily to the EU, business travelers and cross-border commuters.

To ensure business continuity, it is crucial that businesses plan strategically and advise individual employees correctly. We support our clients with Brexit projects, using these questions to help you to formulate your Brexit strategy planning.

  1. Are you proactively assisting your British national employee currently working in the EU with the required local EU Registrations or Applications to be compliant after a no-deal Brexit?

  2. Are you tracking your British national employees currently working in the EU? If the answer is 'yes', have you put strategies in place to minimize the impact of a no-deal Brexit and the challenge of potential work permit requirements?

  3. How are you planning to support your British national employees working in the EU after Brexit?

  4. Do you know whether the current activities of your British national employees working in the EU would require a work permit after Brexit?

  5. What is the most common profile of your British national employees working in the EU - scope of job categories, activities and EU countries?

  6. In the event of no deal, are your British  national employees aware of the maximum stay permitted in the Schengen Area (90 days in any consecutive 180-day period)? If the answer is ‘yes’, do your employees know how to calculate their maximum stay in the Schengen Area?

  7. Do you have third-country (non-British) nationals currently employed and residing in the UK who may need to be posted to the EU after  Brexit?

  8. Do you handle A1 forms for your postings to the EU? If so, are you aware of the impact of Brexit on portable A1 documents for current and future assignees in any EU country?

  9. Do you handle posted worker notifications for your employees? If so, are you aware of the impact of Brexit on posted worker notifications?

  10. Where a Brexit contingency plan has been put in place, do you have a Brexit contingency budget to minimize the impact of Brexit on British national employees working, and perhaps residing, in the EU who may require work permits and additional assistance and support after Brexit?