According to the UK Immigration minister, EU applicants for UK visas have less to worry about than they think. The Home office has attempted to reassure construction companies that EU employees will still be able to apply for tier 2 work permits and UK visas if a no-deal Brexit happens.
However, the immigration minister also said that the Home Office is consulting on permanent changes which may be made to the border regime following the end of the transition period in 2021.
Questions about the UK work permit and opportunities for EU migrants have been in the air since the Home Office published a white paper for a new Immigration UK system in December 2018. The whitepaper highlights the chances to UK visas following January 2021, if a no-deal Brexit occurs.
Immigration minister Caroline Nokes has heard numerous pleas from construction industry since December, asking for the salary threshold for the tier 2 work permit to be dropped. Consultation companies would like the limit to be reduced to £24,000 instead of £30,000, and they'd also like to see the proposed temporary visa extended to 24 months.
In response to concerns about the UK work permit, Nokes has claimed that contractors and building companies will still have access to EU labour, even if the UK leaves the European Union without an official deal at the end of October. The government is working towards a deal that can be passed in Parliament, which should pave the way for new immigration and UK Visa rules.
Nokes noted that the borders aren't suddenly going to shut down on the night of the 31st of October if no deal happens and that the government will need to make sure that there's a steady flow of people in and out of the UK.
Arrangements will need to be made regarding the UK work permit to ensure that companies throughout Britain can continue to access the talent they need.
Nokes also said that when the whitepaper was published in December, the government agreed that it would listen to any arguments that the public had during 2019.