Brexit has prompted a surge in enquiries to immigration lawyers with businesses and workers concerned for their future just one week on from the EU Referendum. National law firm Simpson Millar’s head of immigration, Emma Brooksbank, has reported a huge rise in calls from EU migrants hoping to secure permanent residence and a similar surge in enquiries from businesses employing foreign workers who face a significant new tariff as the UK exits the European Union.
Brooksbank warns the bill for recruiting employees from overseas could soon hit a record £2,675 per worker, or perhaps even more.
“If the UK removes the current exemptions for EEA nationals and ceases to be a signatory to the Treaties which enshrine the rights of free movement in the EU,” stated Brooksbank, “companies would likely need to navigate Tier 2 of the points-based system to recruit from the EU. This can quickly become a very expensive exercise.”