Mobility and migration
For EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK
The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway
EU, EEA or Swiss citizens living the UK or arriving by 31 December 2020 have until 30 June 2021 to register on the UK Government’s EU Settlement scheme. There is no charge for registration.
The Government has an ‘employer toolkit’ on the Scheme, which can be found here.
For UK citizens living in the EU
It is up to individual EU member states to decide their policy on non-EU citizen migration so checking with your employer and local embassy should be a priority. You can also read the UK Government’s full guidance here.
The Transition period maintains EU freedom of movement in the UK but from 1 January 2021 there may be new rules, particularly for short-term business travel. You can find more information here. Both negotiating mandates mention reciprocal arrangements for short-term business visitors and will be subject to the overall negotiations.
The UK Government wants to implement the new immigration system by 1 January 2021. For employers still wanting continued access to the overseas skilled labour market, the Government is advising that you should consider getting approved now as a visa sponsor. You can find more information for employers here. To qualify, most applicants will need to obtain points via characteristics such as a job offer from an approved sponsor, skill level and a required level of English.
For ‘highly skilled’ workers, a preferential route, the Global Talent visa, is now open and seeks to attract the best talent from across the world, particularly in the fields of science and engineering. From 1 January 2021, this will apply to all those from overseas, including EU, EEA and Swiss citizens. More details can be found here.
What the RSC says
The future immigration system should help UK employers to attract the skilled workers they need from the global talent pool by removing as many operational barriers as possible, decreasing associated costs and promoting a welcoming atmosphere. The UK should always seek ambitious reciprocal arrangements with future trading partners on short and long-term mobility for scientists and researchers.
RSC position on mobility and immigration