Surrey Chambers is preparing for the EU transition and has webinars and training available, The International Trade team is being expanded to cope with demand and will be Customs Declaration trained to help support businesses after 1 January 2021. Find out more about the International Trade support, or e-mail

UK points based immigration system

From 1 January 2021, you will need to register as a licensed sponsor to hire eligible people from outside the UK.

Free movement is ending and the points based immigration system will introduce job, salary and language requirements that will change the way you hire from the EU.

The system will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally and transform the way in which employers recruit from outside the UK.

You’ll need a sponsor licence to hire most eligible employees from outside the UK. This does not apply to Irish citizens.

Read the employers guide.