Employing EU citizens

Employing people from outside the UK from 1 January 2021

The way you hire from the EU is changing. From 1 January 2021, you will need to register as a licensed sponsor to hire eligible people from outside the UK. Find out more about the sponsorship process on GOV.UK.

A new points-based immigration system is being introduced which will bring job, salary and language requirements that will change the way you hire from the EU. Find out more about the new points-based immigration system on GOV.UK.

EU citizens you already employ

The new system will not apply to EU employees already working for you in the UK.

EU citizens and their family members living in the UK by 31 December 2020 can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Those eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme must apply by 30 June 2021.