February 25, 2015

Immigration: Non-EEA Nationals Relocating to the UK

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Immigration: Non-EEA Nationals Relocating to the UK

Immigration rules often carry unique challenges for international assignees. Our latest Cartus Mobility Insights looks at new legislation that will affect assignees from a non-European Economic Area (EEA) who are planning to relocate to the UK for more than six months.

The Legislation

Non-EEA assignees scheduled to relocate to the UK for six months or more must apply for a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). From March 2015, this new legislation is expected to be introduced during a country-by-country, four-month implementation phase, which means the assignee’s country of origin will determine exactly when they will be impacted.

The Application Process

Once they have applied, assignees who are impacted will receive a travel visa valid for 30 days from the expected date of travel. They will then be sent a letter telling them to collect their BRP at a UK post office within 10 days of arrival. Prior to the assignee collecting their BRP, the 30-day travel visa can also be used to prove work authorisation.

The Impact on Relocation

International assignees already living and working in the UK will not be affected. Those yet to relocate should be told as soon as possible. Once they have arrived in the UK, we would recommend that they are reminded to collect their Biometric Residence Permit within 10 days, from a designated post office.

For more details on these changes to UK immigration, download our Cartus Mobility Insights or contact a Cartus representative at trustedguidance@cartus.com.

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