Right to Work
Following the United Kingdoms vote to leave the European Union, EU nationals residing in the UK were required to apply for EU settled status by 30th June 2021.
EU settled status is the official grant of immigration status by the Home Office that allows EU citizens to continue to live and work in the UK on an indefinite basis.
As employers we are accustomed to being able to employ EU nationals with ease. That relative ease will continue to be the case, but only if the employee has EU settled status in place.
We have outlined below a quick guide to the correct right to work process to follow for EU nationals and Non EU Nationals. Full guidance can be found here :
Employing EU, EEA and Swiss Citizens from 1st July 2021
There is currently no requirement to check the status of EU, EEA and Swiss employees that were working for you on 30th June 2021.
For all new employees starting with you from 1st July 2021 please start by following the link below to ensure you understand what documents you are required to see https://www.gov.uk/legal-right-work-uk. You should ensure that you take a copy of each document you have used to check the identity of the employee.
This will normally lead you to asking your EU national employee to prove their right to work using the online system linked here https://www.gov.uk/view-right-to-work
Your employee will need to provide their date of birth and share code. If they do not have a share code they can apply for it here https://www.gov.uk/view-prove-immigration-status or you can check original documentation instead.
Employing ‘Non’ EU, EEA and Swiss Citizens from 1st July 2021
For all new employees starting from 1st July 2021 that you believe are not from the EU, EEA or Switzerland please start by following the link below to ensure you understand what documents you are required to see to allow the individual to work. Please follow the steps, taking a copy of each ID item you have used to prove the right to work.