Frequently asked questions with answers to guide you in your Brexit planning
- Our Brexit FAQs have been updated to reflect the latest developments.
- While the deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme was 30 June 2021, an extension could apply in certain circumstances or if 'reasonable grounds' can be shown for not applying by 30 June. Prospective applicants can check the eligibility criteria to see if they can still apply.
- The process for completing right-to-work checks on EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens has changed from 1 July. The Home Office has published an updated Employer Partner Pack to help employers navigate the new requirements.
- A new Graduate route to allow international students to remain in the UK to work after their studies is now in operation. Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree or higher in the UK. If approved, they may stay for a maximum period of 2 years (or 3 years for Doctoral students) and work at any skill level. Applicants may then apply to switch into a permanent work route for a suitable job – namely the Tier 2 Skilled Worker route. The Graduate route is a new scheme which should be considered in addition to the routes covered in our Employers' legal guide to post-Brexit immigration.
Highlights on this page
Practical guidance on navigating the UK’s new points-based system for HR and employers
Watch our webinar and download slides to discover how the new immigration regime will impact people practice
A summary of people scenarios to help HR and employers understand the actions they should take in light of Brexit
Resources and guidance to help you
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Summary of the UK’s post-Brexit immigration policy
CIPD members can call our Employment Law Helpline on 03330 431 217 to get advice on all aspects of UK employment law. Members are entitled to 20 calls per year (25 if you’re a Chartered member). The helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
CIPD impact on the policy debate
The CIPD has been and will continue to work with Government to ensure any Brexit-related policy decisions meet employer needs. During the Brexit process to date:
- We've been involved in meetings with key politicians and government officials, including the Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP, Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP and Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP.
- We're a member of the Home Office employers’ advisory group on the post-Brexit immigration policy.
- The CIPD and some of the UK’s largest business organisations signed an open letter to the Home Secretary offering help on designing the post-Brexit immigration system.
- We were the most quoted organisation (out of 450+ organisations) in the Migration Advisory Committee’s report on a new EU immigration system. The Government largely adopted the report’s recommendations in its immigration White Paper.
- We published our report, A practical immigration system for post-Brexit Britain, outlining our key policy recommendations for government ahead of new migration restrictions.
Read the CIPD’s viewpoint on Brexit and future immigration policy for our list of recommended actions for employers and Government.