Working in the UK – a brief guide of the practical steps you need to take
Broadly speaking, in order to work in the UK Post-Brexit, there are two routes you could take and these involve pre-settled, settled and sponsorship routes. We hope this guide (below) is helpful in making this an easier process for you to navigate.
THE EU SETTLEMENT SCHEME: A SCHEME AGREED BY THE UK AND EU ALLOWING EEA, EU, AND SWISS CITIZENS TO STAY IN THE UK BEYOND 30TH JUNE 2021:
- You must have visited (or lived) in the UK 6 months before application,
- Application deadline: 30th June 2021.
WHAT YOU NEED IN ORDER TO APPLY:
- A valid passport,
- A digital photo of yourself,
- Proof of when or how long you visited the UK (This proof can come in virtually ANY document form with your name on it – it could be anything from a bank statement with a UK transaction, a boarding pass showing the UK as the destination, a tenancy agreement or utility bill),
- A mobile phone number.
APPLYING FOR PRE-SETTLED STATUS:
- You must have visited the UK before 31st December 2020,
- You will enjoy the rights to live, work and healthcare,
- After 5 years of living with Pre-Settled Status you can then apply for Settled Status,
- You can apply here.
APPLYING FOR SETTLED STATUS:
- You are eligible if you already have Pre-Settled Status,
- You have to have spent 6 months or more every year for the past five years in the UK,
- You will be eligible for access to the same rights to live, work, NHS healthcare and welfare benefits as British citizens,
- You will be able to live indefinitely in the UK,
- You will be able to leave the UK for up to 5 years without losing your Settled Status,
- You can apply for Leave to Remain after 5 years of having Settled Status.
APPLYING VIA THE SKILLED VISA ROUTE/SPONSORSHIP:
- A business can only sponsor you if they have invested in a Sponsorship License and Certificate of Sponsorship,
- The sponsoring company needs to make you a formal job offer in writing,
- Salary is a minimum of £25,600 pa,
- The visa will be attached to the job and will only last as long as you are employed by the sponsoring company,
- You must have at least £1,270 available in funds to support yourself in the UK,
- There will be an immigration health surcharge of £624 per year.
For more information on the skilled visa route, click here for a simple summary of what you/your employer needs to do.
Disclaimer: The rules are changing all the time and so we cannot guarantee the validity of the advice given. Please check the government website for the latest information.