Support EU-national employees already in the UK
EU citizens have the right to work in the UK, but they are required to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to stay. The deadline to apply for the scheme is 30 June 2021.
This will give them a settled or pre-settled status (depending on how long they’ve been in the UK). They’ll keep their right to work in the UK as well as access to the NHS and public funds (such as benefits and pension - if they’re eligible for them).
Support EU nationals in your business with their application to the scheme with the Employer Toolkit on the government website.
Gov.uk - EU Settlement Scheme: Employer Toolkit
Employing EU nationals from 1 January 2021
A new immigration system will apply to people arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021. EU citizens moving to the UK for work will need to get a visa in advance.
EU citizens applying for a skilled worker visa will need to show they have a job offer from an approved sponsor to be able to apply. If you’re an employer planning to sponsor skilled migrants from 2021, and are not currently an approved sponsor, you should consider getting approved now. Read more on the government website:
Gov.uk - UK visa sponsorship for employers
You can find more information on the new points-based immigration system on the government site.
Gov.uk - New immigration system - what you need to know.