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Right to work in the UK

Clio SpringerEditor's message: Significant changes have been made to the rules on the right to work in the UK.

From the start of 2021, freedom of movement has ended and nationals of any European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland arriving in the UK face restrictions on their right to work for the first time in many years.

Essentially, employers have to treat them the same as nationals of countries outside the EEA and ensure that the correct visas and permissions are in place. In most cases, employers need to have a sponsor licence to employ any foreign national as a skilled worker.

However, EEA and Swiss nationals with “settled” or “pre-settled” status are exempt from the restrictions, as are Irish nationals.

Clio Springer, senior employment law editor

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