Although many people have been focusing on the Covid-19 pandemic, that hasn’t stopped the Brexit deadline creeping ever closer and as the UK moves towards the end of the transition period, it’s time for employers and other people like landlords to make sure they’re prepared for what happens next.
The Guardian recently reported that many EU citizens who have been granted settled status in the UK have encountered issues with employers who are not always willing to accept the digital proof of their status.
This is despite the government actively working towards having a fully digital immigration system.
As the newspaper reported, EU citizens who have been granted settled status won’t be given a physical ID card or another piece of proof that their status has been granted. Instead, they will have to access the online database operated by the Home Office to provide evidence that they are allowed to live and work in the UK.
Until July 2021, employers can still accept an EU passport as proof that someone has the right to live and work in the UK.
However, thereafter they will need to log into the Home Office system, with details provided by the person whose status they are checking.
A recent survey published by 3million found that just 14 per cent of companies felt that they understood the new rules relating to employing EU citizens once free movement ends in December of this year.
What’s more, 20 per cent said they would be more likely to accept a biometric permit as evidence rather than a digital status check.
There are also concerns that organisations and individuals who are unsure of the new rules will err on the side of caution and avoid employing EU citizens, rather than risk falling foul of immigration laws in the UK.
The Home Office told the newspaper that it believes a digital system is “more secure and ensures that EU citizens who are granted status in the UK can constantly access and securely share proof of their status”.
If this is an area that you’re concerned about in terms of employment in the coming months or years, working with international background screening companies is advisable as organisations like ours are well-versed in the latest legislation in relation to immigration and recruitment screening and can ensure that you’re fully compliant with the law.
Personnel Today recently reported that there has been a surge in the number of overseas applicants looking at jobs in the UK.
It cited data from jobs site Indeed, which revealed that the number of international candidates searching for jobs in the UK has climbed by 140 per cent since the end of March. This means it’s at its highest level since December 2018, the news provider added.
However, although more people from overseas are looking for work in this country, the proportion who are actually moving has fallen dramatically, largely as a result of the pandemic and Brexit.
In the 12 months to June, the number of work-related visas granted by the Home Office was 22 per cent lower than in the previous year.