Brexit Immigration Service
Employers in the UK should plan as best they can for post-Brexit policy and this is exactly what our Brexit Immigration Service can deliver.
Our Brexit Immigration Service is designed for UK organisations who are looking to ensure the security of their workforce in the face of Brexit. The content and structure of this service is tailored to the wishes of each client and is intended to reassure both the employer and its European Economic Area (EEA) employees.
How can this service help you?
Our Brexit Team will enable your business to plan and budget for the forthcoming developments surrounding Brexit, both financially and operationally. By auditing the immigration status of your EEA workforce, we can identify current immigration issues and provide personal one-to-one support to your employees on their available options.
The Brexit Immigration Service grants employers the knowledge and confidence to move forward in the face of Brexit. It will also reassure your EEA workforce, giving your employees clarity in the face of uncertainty whilst letting them know that you are on their side.
What you need to know
The rights of EEA nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EEA, have not changed as a result of the referendum
Prime Minister Theresa May invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on 29 March 2017, triggering formal exit negotiations which could last up to two years. The UK will have therefore left the EU by March 2019 at the latest.
The UK government has expressed a desire to protect the legal status of EEA nationals living in the UK, and of UK nationals living in EEA member states, during Brexit negotiations. Whether this objective will be achieved, however, remains unclear.
What should every UK employer be doing?
We therefore advise employers to identify those employees who might be affected by Brexit as soon as possible and to inform them of their current immigration options.
In doing so, you will be helping both your employees and your organisation to prepare ahead of any changes to UK immigration policy.
This section is intended for quick reference. It introduces some of the most common terms referred to when Brexit is discussed.
- Article 50
This is the part of the Lisbon Treaty which sets out the process by which member states can withdraw from the European Union. Once article 50 is triggered, the leaving state has two years within which it can negotiate the terms of its exit from the European Union.
Coined in the run-up to the UK’s referendum on the subject, the term amalgamates the words ‘Britain’ and ‘exit’ and widely refers to the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.
- European Economic Area (EEA)
The European Economic Area is an area of free trade and free movement of peoples between the member states of the European Union, as well as Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Switzerland is not an EU or EEA member state but benefits from the same freedom of movement rights as member states.
The European Economic Area (EEA) currently consists of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK. Although Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are not members of the European Union (EU), their citizens have the same rights as EU citizens to enter, live in and work in the UK.
- European Union (EU)
The European Union (EU) is a politico-economic union of 28 member states that are primarily located in Europe with an internal single market and a standardised system of laws which apply in all member states. EU policy aims to ensure the free movement of people, goods, services, and capital within the internal market, enact legislation in justice and home affairs, and maintain common policies on trade, agriculture, fisheries, and regional development.
Currently includes: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Irish Republic, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
- Freedom of Movement
One of the four principle freedoms enjoyed by EEA citizens is the free movement of workers between member states. This includes the rights of movement and residence for workers, the rights of entry and residence for family members, the right to work in another Member State and the right to be treated on an equal footing with nationals of that Member State.