On January 1, 2021, the UK will introduce a new points-based immigration system for EU and non-EU citizens alike, treating all equally and signalling an end to free movement previously enjoyed under EU law. Employers will need to adapt proactively to these changes and it is prudent to plan now to become approved sponsors before applications open in autumn 2020. Doing so may save unnecessary delays in future rounds of recruitment, especially if there is an extensive backlog of sponsorship licence applications. Once obtained, licences will last for a period of four years. Employers must also take into account the extra costs related to the sponsorship of migrant workers when preparing financial projections.
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