Sponsorship Licence required for EU nationals

19 January 2021

Points-Based-System for UK Immigration

The Government introduced the amended Points-Based-System for Immigration on 1 December 2021. Post-Brexit, EU nationals who do not have Settled or Pre-Settled Status no longer have freedom of movement to live and work in the UK and, after 30 June 2021, will be treated the same as non-EU nationals in respect of working in the UK. Employers will therefore need to sponsor them in the same way.

If you have previously sponsored non-EU nationals to work for you, you will already have a Sponsorship Licence in place. If you are used to being able to utilise the EU labour market then you probably will not. This is going to leave you struggling if you need to bring in new workers from Europe in the future.

A worker wishing to come to the UK will need a job offer by an approved sponsor; a job at the required skill level of RQF3 or above with a minimum salary of £25,600 or the “going rate” for the job, and to be able to speak English.

A Sponsorship Licence can be applied for online with the submission of various documents to the Home Office to provide that you are a UK entity with a genuine need to employ migrant workers.

The published timescale for a Licence decision to be made is 40 days.

If you are seeking to rely on non-Settled EU nationals for labour in the future, you should be applying for a Sponsorship Licence now.

HR Solutions can assist you with your Sponsorship Licence application and Skilled Worker visa applications.

We have been appointed as an OISC registered advisor since January 2017.

Please contact us at HRSolutions@mhllp.co.uk for more information.

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