Immigration Challenges in EMEA – Follow-up Q&As

If you missed the Panel Discussion on Day Three of our EMEA Online Summit, you can catch up here and read some of our speakers' responses to your questions

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On Day Three of FEM's EMEA Online Summit we assembled a panel of immigration and mobility experts and explored Immigration Challenges in EMEA – What are the Solutions?
Our panel comprised:

You can watch the recorded video of all Day Three sessions by clicking on the links here:

FEM EMEA Online Summit - Day Three 

Julia Onslow-Cole and the Permits Foundation shared their world map tool. Click on the image to find the animated version:

Ian Robinson also kindly answered some of the extra questions we received: 

Q. How will Brexit impact EU headquartered organisations moving assignees in and out the UK?
Q. How will Brexit affect movement in and out of the EU and UK? Will there be longer processing delays and extra costs?

Ian Robinson: Yes. Europeans coming to the UK will need permission to live and work here. That new system is based on the UK’s current non-EU immigration but will be quicker, albeit much more complicated behind the scenes and still very expensive. It will also introduce new friction for employers who are used to recruiting Europeans with free movement.

UK nationals moving to Europe will lose free movement rights, meaning that they also need the right to work in the destination country. Employers will need to plan for different immigration regimes in each European country and the varying delay, cost and paper heavy processes that come with them.

There is an awful lot here, far more than can be included in this answer, so we strongly recommend that employers think seriously about work force planning, employee comms, managing expectations and educating the business and compliance.

Q. How do we think Right to Work for EEA nationals will work going forward, including checking pre-settled and settled status, especially post-30 June 2021?

Ian Robinson: From 1 July 2021 right to work should be much as we know it now. Employers will need to see an employee’s passport and permission to work and keep copies. The difference will be that whereas now being European is enough to have the right to work, from 1 July Europeans employees will need to hold and you will need to see the right to work. That will quite often be an electronic record, rather than a visa stamp.

With many thanks again to all our speakers and to the session sponsors: Fragomen

You can access all 5 days of the recorded sessions and watch them at a time that suits you by clicking on the link here: 

FEM EMEA Online Summit Catch-up 

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Take a look at the full week's agenda here

Meet the speakers here

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