What will happen to people who started working in the UK in 2021 and are not eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme? Do they need to leave the UK on 1 July 2021 even if they have a job and contract already?
There are 2 categories of EU citizens:
- those who arrived before 31 December 2020 or qualifying joining family members who are eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme,
- and those who did not qualify for the EUSS and, instead, need a visa under the new immigration rules to work in the UK.
EU citizens who have come to the UK as visitors cannot work and employers need to be informed about this. If someone does not qualify for the EU Settlement scheme and wants to work in the UK, they need to apply via the points based system for a worker visa from outside the UK.