Alok Sharma encourages businesses to become familiar with new UK visas

The Secretary of State for Business, Alok Sharma, is calling upon employers to become knowledgeable on the UK’s new visas and begin registering for the suitable ones if they want to recruit overseas workers.

From 1 January 2021, these overseas workers will include newly arriving EU citizens as free movement for EU and EEA citizens will terminate on 31 December 2020, following the end of the Brexit transition period.

Replacing the current process, those who are seeking work or residency in the UK will have to go through the new points-based immigration system to be approved.

A recent study, by The Institute of Directors, reveals that almost 50 per cent of UK businesses are still unprepared for the New Year and the end of the Brexit transition period.

On 12 October, the Government sent a letter to over 600,000 British organisations, calling upon them to familiarise themselves with their Brexit obligations and the actions they need to take before the end of the year.

One of these was ensuring any applicable staff members are on record for residency rights and have suitable permits and visas. Use this free Government checker tool to check.

The letter stated that “the vast majority of these actions will need to be completed regardless of the outcome of our negotiations with the EU.

“Businesses must act now to ensure they are ready for the UK’s new start come January. There will be no extension to the transition period, so there is no time to waste.”

To ensure that you or your business is complying with the new points-based immigration system, or meeting the necessary obligations during the last few months of the Brexit transition period, contact our expert team today.