Further Guidance And New Application System Announced For Frontier Worker Permits

Published date21 December 2020
Law FirmEnvoy Global, Inc.
AuthorMs Lucy Halse

Key Points

  • The UK government has provided more guidance and introduced a new application system for EU, EEA, and Swiss frontier workers
  • The guidance applies to frontier workers working in the UK before December 31, 2020
  • Frontier worker rights are protected under the Withdrawal Agreement for workers in the UK before the Brexit transition
  • The new guidelines apply to active, retained, and self-employed workers
  • Dependents and frontier workers arriving in the UK after December 31, 2020 are not eligible for the Frontier Worker Permit
  • Frontier workers in the UK by December 31, 2020 can continue working under their current permit through June 30, 2021
  • All frontier workers must have a Frontier Worker Permit or relevant UK visa by July 1, 2021
  • Irish nationals are exempt from the requirement to obtain a Frontier Worker Permit

Overview

The Government of the UK has provided more details for EU, EEA, and Swiss frontier workers to continue working in the UK after June 30, 2021. The application process and guidance details apply to EU, EEA, and Swiss frontier workers working in the UK before December 31, 2020.

Background

Frontier workers who have established cross-border status as frontier workers before December 31, 2020 may continue to perform frontier worker activities under the Withdrawal Agreement. Some EU countries have established cross-border frontier worker policies for UK nationals, but other countries are still formulating post-Brexit processes.

What are the Changes?

The Government of the UK has started the application process for EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals to continue working as frontier workers in the UK after June 30, 2021, which is the end of the grace period for frontier workers.

Who is Affected?

To be eligible for a Frontier Worker Permit under the new guidelines, individuals must be a national of the EU, EEA, or Switzerland. They may not have primary residency in the UK. Additionally, they must be an active worker, self-employed worker, or a retained worker who is classified as a frontier worker but unable to work for an acceptable reason such as an accident, illness, involuntary employment, pregnancy, or vocational training. Individuals must be performing frontier work in the UK before December 31, 2020.

Certain individuals are not eligible for the new Frontier Worker Permit, including frontier workers who start work in the UK after December 31, 2020 and dependents of frontier workers who are not covered under the Frontier Worker policy.

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