Recruitment at Save The Children UK After Brexit

With the Brexit deadline coming fast, please see some guidance from SCUK on our position with regards to the recruitment of EU nationals living outside of the UK. Please see below a breakdown of what we expect to happen in either a No Deal or Deal scenario.

Based on our current understanding of the current Brexit scenarios available to us, if you are an EU national currently living outside the UK, your ability to apply for a job at SCUK may vary depending on the outcome of Brexit.

1. NO DEAL BREXIT.

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens resident in the UK before the UK leaves the EU

  •  To retain their rights, all EU/EEA/Swiss citizens will need to apply for UK immigration status (either settled or pre-settled status) under the EU Settlement Scheme. EU/EEA/Swiss citizens will need to be resident in the UK before the UK leaves the EU and will need to apply for settled/pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme by 31 December 2020.
  • Travel Disruption: If the UK leaves the EU with no deal in October, there will be no transition period and travel disruption is expected. Delays are possible at airports and ports, especially around the day that the UK will leave. Please do check before you travel.

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens arriving in the UK after the UK leaves the EU

  • In the event of a no deal Brexit, EU/EEA/Swiss citizens who arrive in the UK after the UK leaves the EU will be able to enter the UK to visit, work or study as follows:
  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens arriving in the UK from the date of exit to 31 December 2020 can continue to come to the UK, to live, work and study without applying for a visa in advance, using a valid EU/EEA/Swiss passport or national identity card as they do now.
  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens intending to stay for less than 3 months will not need to apply for any immigration status or visa.
  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens intending to stay for more than 3 months will need to make an online application for European Temporary Leave to Remain within 3 months of arriving in the UK. Those granted European Temporary Leave to Remain will be able to stay for 36 months from the date of application.
  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens intending to stay in the UK for more than three months would need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain within three months of arriving in the UK and, if intending to stay for more than three years for study or work reasons, might need to apply for a visa to cover any period of stay beyond three years and will be able to stay for 36 months from the date of application.
  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens wishing to remain for longer than 36 months will need to apply for an immigration status under the new skills-based immigration system which will come into effect from 1 January 2021.

2. BREXIT WITH A DEAL

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens resident in the UK before the UK leaves the EU

  • If there is a deal, EU/EEA/Swiss citizens resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 would have until 30 June 2021 to apply for settlement/pre-settlement status.
  • If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen or a non-EEA citizen family member and wish to retain your right to live and work in the UK you will need to apply for settled/pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme. To be able to apply you will need to be resident in the UK by 31 December 2020.
  • Freedom of movement will continue until 30 December 2020.
  • New immigration system comes into force on 1 January 2021. 
  • Travel Disruption: If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, a transition period will apply, and all travel will continue as normal.
  • If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, what you’ll need to enter the UK will not change until 2021.
  • The first rule that passports will need to meet to travel to most countries in Europe is that they must have at least six months left on them.
  • The second is that any extra months on a passport over 10 years old may not count towards the six months needed.

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens arriving in the UK after the UK leaves the EU

  • If there is a deal, freedom of movement will continue until the new immigration system comes into force on 1 January 2021.