EU Exit: People
Employing people from the EU from 1 January 2021
The way you hire from the EU has changed. Freedom of movement between the EU and UK has ended and the UK has introduced a new points-based immigration system.
- If you want to hire anyone from outside the UK’s resident labour market, you must be a Home Office licenced sponsor. This includes recruiting people from the EU.
- Anyone coming to the UK to work will need a job offer from a licenced sponsor in advance and will need to meet certain skills and salary criteria.The new system treats EU and non-EU citizens equally and transforms the way in which employers recruit from outside the UK.
- The new points-based immigration system has salary and language requirements that change the way you hire from the EU.
- You need a sponsor licence to hire most eligible employees from outside the UK. This does not apply to Irish citizens.
- The new system doesn’t apply when hiring Irish citizens, or EU citizens eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
- Some immigration routes, such as Global Talent, are ‘unsponsored’. You don’t need a licence to hire employees with an unsponsored visa.
Find out more at GOV.UK/hiringfromtheEU
- UK points-based immigration system: employer information
- Recruiting people from outside the UK from 1 January 2021
- EU Settlement Scheme:Employers Toolkit