EU settlement: What you need to know

In the midst of Brexit chaos, in January this year the government expanded the pilot scheme for EU citizens to obtain Settled Status in the UK to secure their rights post-Brexit.

The rights of EU citizens in the UK and vice versa was one of the quicker points to be agreed in principle.

Currently, EU citizens will have to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to guarantee the continuation of their rights to live and work in the UK.

Depending on how long an individual has been in the UK they could be granted Settled Status or Pre-Settled Status.

Full implementation of the scheme was planned for the end of March, to coincide with the date the UK set for leaving the EU.

The government has also recently announced a scheme where, in a no deal situation, EU citizens can come to the UK temporarily.

Uncertainty means many employers are unclear about their next steps.

Uncertainty means many employers are unclear about their next steps.

The Home Office has issued an employer toolkit to help employers give information to their EU workers and their families about the Settlement Scheme.

However, many employers may still be confused as to the details.

Employers will need to know how Brexit affects their staff retention and recruitment plans, as well as how to ensure ongoing compliance with matters such as right to work checks.

Employers must also understand future changes to the immigration system, particularly if they are heavily reliant on EU workers.