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What is required to work in the UK?

If you are a non-British citizen who is looking at relocating to the United Kingdom to seek employment, the rules and regulations that you will need to follow will largely depend on where in the world you are from. Those from within the European Union do not require any special permissions to relocate to the United Kingdom for work. It is against EU regulations for any employer or government official to demand that an EU citizen provide educational certificates, a work visa, or any other requirements as part of the EU freedom of movement laws. EU freedom of movement laws are set to be changed in 2021, with the outlines rules being put in place in 2019 after the United Kingdom officially breaks away from the European Union.

The United Kingdom is bound by European law and as per the rulings, any European Union citizen may live and work in any European Union country without restriction. These rules also apply to Third Country Nationals who are married to a European Union citizen. As an example, a French national who is married to a Cambodian National can take their non-EU spouse to the United Kingdom come out where they must be afforded exactly the same rights as a European Union citizen. This means that the non-EU citizen is legally entitled to work from the day that they arrive. However, should the French National take their Cambodian spouse back to France, the rules will differ and they will need to secure a visa in advance.

For Third Country Nationals who require a visa to enter the United Kingdom, they are going to need to apply for a certain category of these are that will permit them to work. Typically, migrants from outside the European Union will need to be highly skilled or have a firm job offer in place before applying for the Visa. The United Kingdom is extremely strict when it comes to issuing work visas, which is why it has such a problem with illegal workers who are there working without the correct Visa category. Currently, University students and those in full-time education are permitted to work part-time without gaining a work permit.

The rules regarding the situation of citizens of the European Union who are currently living and working in the United Kingdom may change in the near future due to the recent Brexit referendum. While the outcome may not be known for several more years, it is thought that anyone who was in the country before the referendum took place and article 50 was submitted will be allowed to remain in the United Kingdom. Securing a work visa in the United Kingdom is among the most difficult in the world. Only the most highly skilled and educated citizens can usually apply if they are not an EU citizen. If the individual is an EU citizen, then there are no requirements that they need to abide by and they can simply arrive and begin work.

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