January 31, 2020

Beyond Brexit: Supporting Your Employees and Preparing for a New Immigration Regime.

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Beyond Brexit: Supporting Your Employees and Preparing for a New Immigration Regime.


Brexit is finally happening. On 31 January 2020 at 23.00 GMT (midnight on 1 February in mainland Europe), the UK will leave the European Union and European Economic Area, and related agreements with Switzerland will end.

On 1 January 2021, there will be a new immigration system where UK nationals will be treated in line with non-Europeans when moving or travelling to Europe. All the while, Europeans in the UK will need to apply for pre-settled and settled status while UK nationals in Europe will need to make fresh, as yet unpublished, applications for residency documents.

We are unlikely to get a full sense of the UK’s next immigration system until March 2020, when the Home Office is expected to publish a White Paper statement of policy. This will then take effect on 1 January 2021, leaving very little time for employers to prepare.

We are working closely with our dedicated network of suppliers, like Fragomen, to ensure that we are prepared. To help you, Fragomen has prepared a short guide that contains key messages for leadership groups and other stakeholders. It illustrates how the UK immigration system might look from next year and provides the outline of a plan.  


©2020 Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, Fragomen Global LLP and affiliates. All Rights Reserved. This alert is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or give rise to an attorney-client relationship between you and Fragomen Worldwide. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen Worldwide.


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As the market leader in relocation services, Cartus will continue to monitor Brexit as it evolves. In the meantime, if you have any questions or want to find out more, please do not hesitate to contact your Cartus representative or email cartussolutionsemea@cartus.com

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