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Residents and businesses urged to get ready for end of free movement

9:00 am, Friday, 18th December 2020 - 4 years ago


People and businesses in North East Lincolnshire are being reminded to make sure that they’re ready for the end of free movement between the UK and the EU.

Free movement between the UK and the world’s largest trading block ends on 31 December 2020.

The UK is set to introduce a points-based immigration system as it seeks to attract talent from around the world based on skills rather than nationality.

Anyone coming to the UK to work, except for Irish citizens, will need permission in advance.

Employers will need to become sponsors to hire employees from outside the UK. This process usually takes eight weeks.

Local businesses need to familiarise themselves with the new system and ensure that they’re ready for the end of free movement.

People coming to work in the UK will need to meet certain requirements:

  • Job offer from an approved sponsor
  • That job offer must be at the required skill and salary level
  • They must speak English at the required level

Councillor Philip Jackson, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “As the UK ends free movement with the EU, there will be some significant changes to the way that local businesses will operate, and things that EU nationals will have to do to ensure that they can remain in the UK.

“For businesses, I would urge them to acquaint themselves with the new rules and guidance so that they’re ready and their recruitment processes are up to date.

“If you’re a local resident from the EU, you need to complete an application to the EU Settlement Scheme for yourself and any EU nationals in your family that are residing in the UK.

“Don’t leave this until the last minute – get ready now.”

For more information on the UK points-based immigration system: employer information – GOV.UK (

The Department for Education has also published guidance for schools and Further Education providers on recruiting teachers from overseas.

Recruit teachers from overseas – GOV.UK (

Guidance for providers of further education and apprenticeships during the transition period and after 1 January 2021 – GOV.UK (


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