Changes On Hiring Eu Workers December 31st



Have you seen the latest news with regards to the changes to hiring workers from the EU. The transition period is ending on 31 December and there will be no extension. Time is running out and you to act now to prepare for the UK's new relationship with the EU.

You can find out what other actions you may need to take by visiting and using the checker tool.

From 1 January 2021, the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system that will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally and transform the way in which employers recruit internationally.

The new points-based system will ensure those already in the UK are prioritised, the current work force need to be upskilled, whilst also attracting the best and brightest from around the world.

Regardless of the nature of our future trading relationship with the EU, from 1 January there will be guaranteed changes for businesses:

  • You will need to be a licensed sponsor to hire eligible workers from outside the UK. This normally takes 8 weeks and fees apply. Check your business is eligible and read the accompanying sponsorship guidance.
  • New job, salary and language requirements will apply to anyone that you want to hire from outside the UK. Check that the people you want to hire will meet the requirements for coming to the UK for work.

The new system will not apply to hiring Irish citizens, or EU citizens already living and working in the UK who are eligible under the EU Settlement Scheme.

The Government will continue to provide the information and support you need to prepare for these changes. This includes sector-specific webinars to walk you through the actions you need to take. All previously recorded webinars are also available on demand now.

If you do not take action, there is a risk your business operations will be interrupted.

As part of our service, Genius Money provide support and guidence with any changes to legislation. 

For further information please contact the Genius Money team 0330 335 0400 or


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