Well, at least that’s settled!Oct 04, 2018
The hospitality industry is one area of the UK economy which relies more than most on workers from the EU. So how will Brexit impact on the workers who are already in the UK? What arrangements are there for a Settlement Scheme?
Contrary to popular belief, there is not going to be a cliff edge next March when, all of a sudden, everyone who is not British will be told to leave the UK, in fact, very little needs to change for those EU Nationals who are already in the UK.
The Government has already published its EU Settlement Scheme, which is available to all EU nationals who are resident in the UK on 31 December 2020. If an EU National has been resident for five or more years, they can apply for settled status (if they have been in the UK for less than five years, they can remain until they achieve five years’ residence).
What does settled status mean? The EU Settlement Scheme will allow EU Nationals and their close family members to continue to live and work in the UK and remain eligible for public services, such as healthcare and schools.
There is a nominal cost of £65 to apply for settled status and, whilst there is no obligation on an employer to meet those costs, we would recommend that employers make their staff aware of the scheme, as employees can start applying from March 2019 and remain eligible to apply until 30 June 2021.