As the deadline of 31 December 2020 looms large, the Government has launched a new campaign to prepare businesses for the end of free movement and the imminent implementation of the UK's new points based immigration system.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness with businesses that the way they hire EU citizens will be changing.  Most importantly, the campaign reiterates that with effect from 1 January 2021, businesses will need to hold a sponsor license to recruit most non-UK nationals. The campaign aims to ensure businesses understand the requirements and are prepared for the changes.

This campaign is in direct response to concerns at the Home Office that its message does not seem to have hit home for businesses yet; there has been no significant increase in the number of sponsor licence applications, and, in fact, the number of applications has actually decreased since lockdown.

The new compliance regime comes into effect from 1st January 2021 and will have a significant impact on many businesses. The Home Office is understandably concerned that many businesses are unaware of the new requirements and do not appreciate the business critical nature of holding a sponsor licence.

Currently, the sponsor licence application process is onerous and involves a high degree of compliance , so businesses need to take immediate steps to obtain a licence before the end of the year to avoid delays in their recruitment plans when the rules change.

The Business Immigration team at Brabners is highly experienced in helping clients with sponsor licence applications, so please get in touch if you have any questions about what your business needs to do to prepare for post-Brexit recruitment.