It’s been a busy year for businesses, with Brexit, COVID-safe workplace measures, and changes to the immigration system coming all at once. To add to this, from January 1, 2021 the new points-based immigration system is running alongside the grace period for the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).
Citizens of the EU, EEA and Switzerland who were living the UK before December 31 2020 need to apply to the EUSS for Settled (or Pre-Settled) Status to continue to live and work in the UK after June 30 2021.
There’s no obligation for employers to remind staff, and of course it’s illegal to discriminate. However, it’s worth considering the consequences for business operations, and for staff who don’t apply. Family members, including children, need to apply too. EU nationals are a vital part of the Somerset workforce, and notably represented in some sectors, including food processing, tourism, agriculture, and warehousing & distribution.
Local charity Diversity Voice, in partnership with Somerset County Council, is working with the Home Office to provide fully funded help in any language. Advisers are regulated, so can take care of the whole application process.
Individuals can contact the charity directly, and there is a bespoke service for businesses. Concerned employers can get guidance, posters for the workplace, e-materials and workplace visits to help staff to apply.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 0300 075 0105.