The UK's decision to leave the EU is likely to transform the
UK Immigration landscape. The vote to leave could well spell the
end of one of the founding principles of the EU – the free
movement of people.
In 2008, the UK implemented its Points Based System for
non-European workers, but the vote to leave has the appearance of
the most significant change in UK immigration law for a generation.
No substantive detail is available and so whilst any comment about
new rules and regulations is speculation, here are 5 key
considerations for the present time:
The Brexit campaign has touted the
implementation of a Points Based System for EU nationals seeking to
work in the UK. Presumably that new system would be broadly similar
to the existing such system for non-EU nationals and aim to
prioritise skilled/specialist workers, including those working in
shortage occupations. Again, time will tell how any new system will
work and, equally, whether the UK negotiates itself into a position
where EU free movement principles still apply, through EEA
membership for example. Any new rules would have an impact on EU
national employees but also consultants and service providers
throughout the supply chain.
Once the UK has provided formal
notice of exit, the status quo should remain for 2 years. At the
time of writing, it is understood that any notice of termination of
the UK's EU membership will not be before October 2016.
For existing EU national employees in
the UK, the current position is they still have a right to work but
it remains to be seen whether any transitional provisions are put
in place and whether, once the UK's EU membership is formally
terminated, they will become subject to UK immigration control. EU
national employees eligible for Permanent Residence should exercise
those rights prior to the UK's formal exit. This will ensure
that they remain free of UK immigration control.
UK employers also need to be aware of
the potential impact on British workers who are required to work in
Europe. If the UK imposes restrictions on European nationals
working in the UK, such as through a new Points Based System, it is
only reasonable to assume such restrictions would be
If other EU member states hold
referendums on their own future within the EU, we can expect more
turmoil on the nature of free movement principles.
Until full detail is provided of any new system, the medium term
future is uncertain for European nationals employed within the UK.
This update will be the first of many on the UK's renegotiation
of its position and changes to UK immigration law for European
workers and beyond. In the interim, we would be pleased to discuss
with you how the future new reality may impact your business.
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Immigration.ca conducts period live stream sessions each month.Managing Partner Colin Singer discusses the latest developments in the Canadian immigration industry. Live stream sessions typically include a live question and answer period.
On February 20th 2017 Ontario will begin opening its popular streams.
The OINP's International Masters Graduate Stream, International PhD
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begin receiving applications for 2017 allocations.
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