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Guidance for Europeans Working in the UK After Brexit

The UK has always been a popular choice for Europeans to flock to. After the turbulent negotiations of Brexit, there are now more requirements than ever before for Europeans can legally settle in the UK.

Guidance for Europeans Working in the UK After Brexit

But despite the hassle of the extra paperwork, the UK is still one of the top destinations for many Europeans that want to progress in their career.

This is largely thanks to our excellent universities and strong career prospects. The rate of foreign students now enrolled to study within the UK has risen by 12.5% (556,625 students). In 2020, 16% of the employed population had traveled from abroad to work here in the UK.

With travel bans finally lifting after lockdown, we wanted to share our guidance on how Europeans can make a smooth transition to setting up work in the UK.

Apply for Your Visa

The first thing that you’re going to need to do is to apply for your visa. This will be requested by any new employer to certify that you have the right to work in the UK.

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If you’re coming to the UK for educational purposes such as for university, you can apply for a short-term study visa. If you’re planning on carrying out full-time work in a permanent position, you’ll need a long-term work visa.

If your whole family is migrating to start a new life in the UK, you’ll need to apply for a family visa. All visa information can be found on the official website.

Once you’ve filled out your application it’s important to keep checking the website to track its status until it is approved.

Getting Paid

Once you’ve moved to the UK and secured a job, you’ll need a bank account to get paid into and a card to access your money.

Matthew Sanders, CEO of prepaid card specialists, Suits Me, recently told us, “Getting paid fairly, transparently and on time can be confusing for temporary and migrant workers and can also be costly when cashing-in payment cheques or receiving wages to a nominated bank account.

We help workers in all aspects of the payment process including having access to their own e-account.” If you’re confused about what steps to take, prepaid debit cards can be a great starting point as no credit check will be needed.

Language Skills

Finally, if you’re planning on making the UK your new home, you’re going to want to brush up on your English. We recommend starting your studies a couple of months beforehand so that you have a good understanding of the basics before arriving here.

Being able to translate common phrases is always hugely beneficial when arriving in a new country. There are tonnes of online resources where you can begin your English Language journey from home.


The BBC Learning English is a free tool for anyone to use and has beginner courses all the way through to advanced English courses, available online.


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