Can I work for Acorn when the UK leaves the EU?


The UK will leave the EU at 11pm on 31 January 2020. It is important that our European workers  apply for ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-settled’ status to ensure that they can continue to live and work in the UK after Brexit. The application process is free, quick and easy and approximately 3 million EU workers have already successfully applied.

Settled status 

‘Settled’ status will apply to you if you have been resident in the UK continuously for more than 5 years and ‘Pre-settled’ status will apply to you if have been resident in the UK for less than 5 years. The application process is the same for both ‘Settled’ and ‘Pre-settled’ status.
If you are granted ‘Settled’ status, you will be able to stay in the UK indefinitely.

  • You can apply for British citizenship
  • You’ll be able to spend 5 years outside the UK without losing settled status
  • Any children born after your settled status is granted will be British citizens

Pre-settled status

If you’re granted ‘Pre-settled status’, you can stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date your ‘Pre-settled’ status is granted.

  • You will then be able to apply for ‘Settled’ status after 5 years
  • You can spend up to 2 years outside the UK without losing your ‘Pre-settled’ status
  • Any children born after ‘Pre-settled status’ is granted are also eligible for ‘Pre-settled status’

How do I apply?

Follow the link below to apply online:

There are 3 key steps you will need to go through in order to apply:

  • Prove your identity;
  • Show that you live in the UK; and
  • Declare any criminal convictions (only serious or persistent criminality will affect an application).

If you’re successful in your application, you will be able to work in the UK, access the NHS, to enrol in education and training and access public funds (such as benefits and pensions).

The government has produced some very clear and informative documents that will give you an even better understanding of the application process. These documents can be found below:

EU Settlement Scheme - Important Information

EU Settlement Scheme - The Application 

EU Settlement Scheme - How to Apply 

EU Settlement Scheme - Verify your Identity 

If you require assistance in completing your application, please contact your local Acorn branch. You will be able to access the computer in your local branch to apply if you don’t have access to a computer, laptop or smart phone and our consultants will help explain the process to you.
We hope that you choose to complete the application process to stay within the UK, and that you continue to work for Acorn and our clients post-Brexit. 

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