Uncertainty over Brexit and the impact on seasonal workers is increasing and HOPS has issued guidance to help growers understand what happens after 31 October 2019.

Growers are encouraged to support current workers to apply for pre-settled and settled status but to also ensure it is the individual’s choice.

If the EU leaves the UK without a deal, workers need to be living in the UK before the UK leaves the EU to apply for pre-settled/settled status. The deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020.

Pre-settled or settled status will allow current workers to:

  • Work in the UK for more than three months
  • Study in the UK
  • Use the NHS for free
  • Claim a state pension
  • Rent a home.

If the UK does leave the EU without a deal on 31 October and workers have

pre-settled or settled status they can arrive as normal.

If they do not have this status in place then the current Government guidance is that they will need to apply for a European temporary leave to remain (Euro TLR).

This is a temporary UK immigration status that will allow EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who move to the UK after Brexit to continue living, working and studying in the UK after 31 December 2020.

The Euro TLR will enable seasonal workers to remain in the UK for up to 36 months but will not provide free access to NHS care.

HOPS has outlined all of the details in a useful guide that can be downloaded here.

The Home Office website has the following factsheet https://www.gov.uk/guidance/european-temporary-leave-to-remain-in-the-uk which outlines what will happen after 31 October 2019.