There are several steps businesses can take now to reduce uncertainty around immigration for EEA nationals, both for their own planning purposes, and to reassure and retain valued employees:
- Businesses should plan now to assess how they can continue to meet their workforce requirements post Brexit.
- In some cases it will be clear that a Sponsor Licence application should be submitted to ensure companies can recruit the right staff. Rule changes are unlikely to be immediate, and companies may wish to take advantage of the current system while they can. Recent changes to the rules present particular opportunities for overseas investors in the UK.
- Despite rumours to the contrary, the existing regulations for EEA nationals and their families are likely to stay in place until the UK actually exits the EU. Many EEA citizens have not made applications for permanent residence rights in the UK previously as there was no need. Now, many international companies are assisting EEA nationals in their workforce by supporting them in applications for Permanent Residence, which prove the individual’s right to live in the UK permanently, or residence certificates (proving the right of residence for five years).
- Don’t believe the Brexit myths. The impression that there are mounting obstacles to EEA nationals coming to the UK, and even to applying for permanent residence, is wrong.
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