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Work Permits For Expats Foreign Employment Solution in the United Kingdom


Employing Expats in the UK

If you plan to relocate employees from your home country to work in the United Kingdom, there are multiple laws and regulations you must comply with, particularly after Brexit brought about numerous changes in UK labor laws.

If your company does not have an established legal entity in the UK, hiring expats to work in-country can be complicated. Much has changed post-Brexit, and your current and future expat employees in the UK may be impacted.

Acumen International provides the ideal solution for businesses who need to relocate their expat workers to the UK to operate in the country without incorporating there. Acumen’s Expats Foreign Employment Post-Immigration via a PEO solution is especially designed to support companies like yours with step-by-step support for obtaining legal permission to work in the UK for your expat employees:

  1. Immigration support to help the immigration process flow smoothly.
  2. Guidance through the application process for work permits and visas.
  3. Assistance with documentation preparation and submission.
  4. Help with onboarding, employment and payroll, once work permits and visas are obtained.
  5. Relocation support for your expats and their families, post-immigration.

! Please Note: Acumen International is not an immigration service. We do not work directly with individuals who want to work overseas. We serve businesses that need to send their expats abroad. We do not provide any immigration support in the UK, apart from that provided by our Expat Post-Immigration Employment via a PEO Solution!

Work Permits For Expats Foreign Employment Solution

Work Permits and Visas in the United Kingdom for Non-UK Expats

Until recently, citizens of European Economic Area (EEA) countries, along with Swiss nationals, could travel freely to and from the UK, and work there with minimal restrictions. All that changed beginning in 2020, when the United Kingdom officially withdrew from the European Union and reasserted its sovereignty.

Beginning July 1, 2021, new requirements for establishing right-to-work (RTW) will be strictly enforced for EEA/Swiss employees, with the onus of proof placed squarely on the shoulders of employers. Irish citizens with a valid passport are granted the continued right to work in the UK without additional documentation.

Right to Work for EEA/Swiss Citizens

Beginning July 1, 2021, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will need more than just a passport or national identity card to prove their right to work in the UK. Employers will be required to check their right to work online, using a share code and the employee’s date of birth, or by checking the employee’s original documents. Employees can obtain a share code from the UK government’s online immigration service.

EEA/EU/Swiss workers have the right to work in the UK if:

  • The worker can provide proof of settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • They have a Frontier Worker permit
  • They have a biometric residence permit or card
  • They have submitted an application to the EU Settlement Scheme
  • They have been granted indefinite permission to enter or remain in the UK
  • They have a visa to work or study in the UK

Right to Work for employees from other countries

To qualify for the right to work in the UK, non EEA employees must be invited by an employer who is a licensed sponsor, and must provide an Immigration Employment Document (IED) confirming their right to work in the UK. Examples of IEDs include UK work permits and specific types of visas. The most common type of visa for expat employees is a Skilled Worker visa.

To qualify for a Skilled Worker visa, employees must:

  • Work for an approved UK employer
  • Provide a certificate of sponsorship from the employer describing the role the worker will play within the company
  • Perform a job that is listed among eligible occupations
  • Earn a minimum salary based on the type of work position
  • Be able to speak, read and write English

A Skilled Worker visa is good for up to five years, after which it can be extended an indefinite number of times.

Documentation needed for a Skilled Worker visa includes:

  • Certificate of sponsorship reference number
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Valid passport
  • Job title, occupation code, and annual salary
  • Employer name and sponsor license number

Other types of eligible visas include:

  • Spouse visas
  • Dependent visas
  • UK ancestry visas
  • Working holidaymaker visas

For work permit sponsorship and immigration support to hire expat workers in the United Kingdom, contact Acumen International today. Our team of global employment experts is standing by to field your questions and provide detailed information about hiring expat workers in the UK.

! Partnering with Acumen as your single provider to sponsor expat worker permits and visas and subsequently employ them in the country on your behalf can simplify and accelerate the application process and reduce the risk of visa rejection!

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! Please Note: Acumen International is not an immigration service. We do not work directly with individuals who want to work overseas. We serve businesses that need to send their expats abroad. We do not provide any immigration support in the UK, apart from that provided by ​​Acumen Global PEO Solution for Employing Your Expat Workers in the UK, Post-Immigration.

Special COVID Travel Restrictions

While the UK lifted most of its COVID-19 lockdown restrictions on July 19, 2021, travel restrictions remain in place for the time being. Which you should consider in your turn as a global employer. Most countries are on the UK’s amber list, and travelers from those countries are required to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in the UK, and be subjected to a PCR test prior to arrival, and two additional tests on days two and eight after arrival. Travelers from the UK’s red list are required to quarantine in government-mandated hotels. Visitors from green list countries can travel freely without quarantine.

Acumen’s Global PEO Solution for Employing Your Expat Workers in the UK, Post-Immigration

Acumen International’s global employment solution provides work permit sponsorship and immigration support for subsequent expats engagement on your company’s behalf via a Global PEO. Acumen’s Expats Post-Immigration Employment via a PEO solution gives your expatriate employees global mobility, so you can build your business globally, with key staff in place for daily operations in foreign countries. Acumen PEO solution for employing your expat workers in the UK, post-immigration offers a convenient and compliant alternative to directly hiring via your own foreign entity.

Our Expats Foreign Employment Solution in the UK helps to simplify the process of work permit sponsorship if you have not yet established your own legal entity. By onboarding your expat workers on your behalf, Acumen takes the stress out of navigating UK post-Brexit employment laws.

Partner with Acumen International, and let our team of global employment experts help you to facilitate the procurement of work permits and visas, expedite the immigration process for your expatriate personnel and have them employed on your behalf via our Global PEO solution. While sponsoring your expats’ work permits and employing them on your company’s behalf, we can help establish their right to work in the UK and take care of payroll, taxes, and benefits, so you can get your business operations up and running with minimal challenges. Partner with Acumen to maximize your chances of permit and visa approval in the UK, so you can expand your business, risk-free.

To learn more about how Acumen’s Expats foreign employment solution can help you compliantly hire expat employees in the United Kingdom, contact our team of global employment experts today.

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