The UK’s departure from the EU meant the end of freedom of movement between the EU and UK and saw the UK adopting a new immigration system to which people will now apply to live and work in the UK.
This new system applies to EU nationals as well as non-EU nationals (with the exception of Irish citizens who retained their right to live and work in the UK through the Common Travel Area).
EU citizens who were resident in the UK before the end of the transition are eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme, as are EEA and Swiss nationals. The below information on EU citizens and the EU Settlement scheme also applies in the same way to EEA and Swiss nationals unless otherwise stated.
There is a Covid check and test system which included covering EU nationals
Immigration into the UK from 2021
The UK has introduced a points-based immigration system from 2021. This is discussed in more detail below.
There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021. EU citizens and their families can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK, and there is no cost to this.
The government has decided not to immediately accept any of the recommendations put forward by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report in September 2020 regarding the Shortage Occupation List. This may be reviewed once the points-based system has been established.