Key points from the post-Brexit immigration plan
  • Prime Minister Theresa May announced the U.K.'s post-Brexit immigration plan, confirming that Europeans will face the same immigration rules as the rest of the world and heralding "an end  to free movement for once and for all." The announcement follows the Migration Advisory Committee's final report on regulating European migrants in the U.K.

    Employers can now expect the U.K. to have a single, unified immigration system for migrants from Europe and the rest of the world in which high-skilled migration is prioritized and low-skilled migration is substantially cut, after 2021. There will be no "preferential treatment" of EEA nationals under existing or renegotiated EU free-movement principles.

    Key points:

    • Travel: Business visitors and tourists from all "low risk" countries (e.g., the United States, Canada, Australia) will have passports scanned at e-gates on arrival to the U.K.—an expansion of the system currently available to EU citizens only. Additional bureaucracy when traveling from the U.K. to Europe remains possible and will presumably be announced by the EU following negotiations.
    • Security: Criminal records checks will be carried out prior to entry to the U.K., similar to the U.S. system of prior authorization.
    • Net migration: The commitment to delivering "sustainable levels" of migration perpetuates the 100,000 net immigration target set by former Prime Minister David Cameron, despite being widely criticized.
    • High-skilled work: Skill will be equated with salary and prioritized. Minimum salary levels for workers are expected to replace the Resident Labour Market test, to "ensure (migrants) are not competing with people already in the UK," with the possibility of the current 20,700 quota being lifted to accommodate European Tier 2 migrants.
    • Low-skilled work: Employers in care, hospitality, construction and other sectors have lobbied for sector-based systems to recognize the essential contribution of low-skilled labor. Other than the agricultural permit pilot announced earlier this month, May has ruled out making "lots of exceptions" for different industries. The expectation is that employers must bear the substantial cut in low-skilled migration post-Brexit.
    • Dependents: Sponsored high-skilled workers should be able to bring their dependents under the existing Tier 2 rules. (Note: This means they would need to be sponsored.)
    • Students: No cap will be applied to the number of Tier 4 student visas to maintain the current flow rate of students from Europe to British universities.
    • EU mobility: A future trade deal with the EU could still include a reciprocal agreement on "mobility" of each other's workers, but on similar terms as trade deals with other countries such as the U.S.
    • Timing: New rules would be expected to take effect after any Brexit transition period, currently set to end Dec. 31, 2020, but are potentially at risk if Brexit negotiations yield a "no deal" outcome.

    Analysis: The announcements are relevant to employers and individuals for long-term planning of migration in the U.K. The government has already confirmed that the rights of EU citizens already living and working in the U.K. will be protected after Brexit and this announcement does not alter that position. The EU Settlement Scheme is already undergoing a pilot pending rollout prior to March 29, 2019, allowing these EU citizens and their family members to register with settled or pre-settled status and continue to live and work in the U.K. Employers must still await the conclusion of EU negotiations, expected in November, when a white paper should be published with comprehensive details of the U.K.'s revised immigration system.

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    About Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
    Founded in 1980, Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) provides comprehensive global immigration services from seventeen offices across the U.S. and Globe. BAL manages global visa matters and customized application approaches for work permits, business visas, and residence permits in more than 100 countries. With a single cost center for worldwide operations, BAL offers centralized management with regional and local support for the complete spectrum of global immigration matters.
    Source: Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

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Key points from the post-Brexit immigration plan
  • Prime Minister Theresa May announced the U.K.'s post-Brexit immigration plan, confirming that Europeans will face the same immigration rules as the rest of the world and heralding "an end  to free movement for once and for all." The announcement follows the Migration Advisory Committee's final report on regulating European migrants in the U.K.

    Employers can now expect the U.K. to have a single, unified immigration system for migrants from Europe and the rest of the world in which high-skilled migration is prioritized and low-skilled migration is substantially cut, after 2021. There will be no "preferential treatment" of EEA nationals under existing or renegotiated EU free-movement principles.

    Key points:

    • Travel: Business visitors and tourists from all "low risk" countries (e.g., the United States, Canada, Australia) will have passports scanned at e-gates on arrival to the U.K.—an expansion of the system currently available to EU citizens only. Additional bureaucracy when traveling from the U.K. to Europe remains possible and will presumably be announced by the EU following negotiations.
    • Security: Criminal records checks will be carried out prior to entry to the U.K., similar to the U.S. system of prior authorization.
    • Net migration: The commitment to delivering "sustainable levels" of migration perpetuates the 100,000 net immigration target set by former Prime Minister David Cameron, despite being widely criticized.
    • High-skilled work: Skill will be equated with salary and prioritized. Minimum salary levels for workers are expected to replace the Resident Labour Market test, to "ensure (migrants) are not competing with people already in the UK," with the possibility of the current 20,700 quota being lifted to accommodate European Tier 2 migrants.
    • Low-skilled work: Employers in care, hospitality, construction and other sectors have lobbied for sector-based systems to recognize the essential contribution of low-skilled labor. Other than the agricultural permit pilot announced earlier this month, May has ruled out making "lots of exceptions" for different industries. The expectation is that employers must bear the substantial cut in low-skilled migration post-Brexit.
    • Dependents: Sponsored high-skilled workers should be able to bring their dependents under the existing Tier 2 rules. (Note: This means they would need to be sponsored.)
    • Students: No cap will be applied to the number of Tier 4 student visas to maintain the current flow rate of students from Europe to British universities.
    • EU mobility: A future trade deal with the EU could still include a reciprocal agreement on "mobility" of each other's workers, but on similar terms as trade deals with other countries such as the U.S.
    • Timing: New rules would be expected to take effect after any Brexit transition period, currently set to end Dec. 31, 2020, but are potentially at risk if Brexit negotiations yield a "no deal" outcome.

    Analysis: The announcements are relevant to employers and individuals for long-term planning of migration in the U.K. The government has already confirmed that the rights of EU citizens already living and working in the U.K. will be protected after Brexit and this announcement does not alter that position. The EU Settlement Scheme is already undergoing a pilot pending rollout prior to March 29, 2019, allowing these EU citizens and their family members to register with settled or pre-settled status and continue to live and work in the U.K. Employers must still await the conclusion of EU negotiations, expected in November, when a white paper should be published with comprehensive details of the U.K.'s revised immigration system.

    To stay abreast of further updates, please subscribe to our newsletter.
    This post has been provided by Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) Corporate Immigration. For more information please contact: Kristi Paulsen @ Relocation Today or Jennifer Fisher At BAL

    About Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
    Founded in 1980, Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) provides comprehensive global immigration services from seventeen offices across the U.S. and Globe. BAL manages global visa matters and customized application approaches for work permits, business visas, and residence permits in more than 100 countries. With a single cost center for worldwide operations, BAL offers centralized management with regional and local support for the complete spectrum of global immigration matters.
    Source: Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

    Copyright © 2018 Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. All rights reserved. Reprinting or digital redistribution to the public is permitted only with the express written permission of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. For inquiries please contact copyright@balglobal.com

    About Relocation Today: Relocation Today, Inc. has been joyfully developing and serving corporate clients global relocation needs, supporting recruiting efforts & managing summer intern housing programs since 1994. For more information on services or relocation benefits policy review please contact: Richard Rudeen, Business Development Manager richardr@relocation-today.com 952.278.0530