The way you hire from the EU is changing

The transition period is ending on 31 December and there will be no extension. The current rules for hiring workers from the EU will change. Time is running out and you to need act now to prepare for our new relationship with the EU.

You can find out what other actions you may need to take by visiting and using the checker tool.

From 1 January 2021, the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system that will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally and transform the way in which employers recruit internationally.

The new points-based system will ensure we prioritise and invest in those people already in the UK, upskilling our current work force, whilst also attracting the best and brightest from around the world.

Regardless of the nature of our future trading relationship with the EU, from 1 January there will be guaranteed changes for businesses:
  • You will need to be a licensed sponsor to hire eligible workers from outside the UK. This normally takes 8 weeks and fees apply. Check your business is eligible and read the accompanying sponsorship guidance.
  • New job, salary and language requirements will apply to anyone that you want to hire from outside the UK. Check that the people you want to hire will meet the requirements for coming to the UK for work.
The new system will not apply to hiring Irish citizens TEMP_LINK_HOLDER , or EU citizens already living and working in the UK who are eligible under the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you do not take action, there is a risk your business operations will be interrupted.

We will continue to provide the information and support you need to prepare for these changes.


Monday 9 November, 10.00-11.00am

UK businesses are reminded that ‘Time is Running Out’ to prepare for the UK leaving the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union at the end of the year and there are some definite actions businesses need to take now. These actions are required regardless of the trading arrangements we are faced with.

Join us for this one-hour online event where Chris Willers, Managing Director of Access to Export, will explain what businesses should be doing now to ensure they are they are fully prepared for trading from 1 January 2021 regardless of whether or not a trade deal is achieved.

Following the presentation there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Click here to register.

Wednesday 11 November, 

50 days to go to the end of the transition period - are you prepared?
This webinar will explain what you need to do now in order to be ready for 1 January 2021.

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Thursday 19 November, 

This workshop covers the five main types of payment for exports and will give delegates a better understanding of how important it is to get your prepsentation right first time, avoiding delayed payment of goods exported.

Register here
Tuesday 24 November,

This training will highlight what you need to know to be able to accurately complete a simple customs declaration.

Register here