Home Office Struggling To Recruit Staff Needed For Brexit

“No one wants to live in Sheffield”

Home Office officials are panicking because they are unable to recruit the huge numbers of staff required to cope with processing the three million EU nationals residing in the UK.

The government has announced that after Britain leaves the EU (currently scheduled for March 2019, although this is likely to be extended given the current deadlock surrounding EU negotiations), EEA nationals residing in the UK will have up to two years to apply for settled status. 

To qualify for settled status, EEA nationals must have been living legally and continuously in the UK for five years.  Those who have not yet met the five-year requirement will be entitled to apply for continued residence in the UK on a temporary basis until they reach the five-year threshold.

Hundreds more immigration staff will be required to process all these applications.  And while the details around settled status are still in a state of flux, London’s best immigration solicitors are still advising that EEA nationals should apply for their Permanent Resident Cards and then British Citizenship to future-proof their right to live in the UK free from immigration restrictions.

“No one wants to live in Sheffield”

The Government has already hired 700 more immigration caseworkers and wants to find another 500 over the next six months.

However, the best immigration lawyers are worried that this figure will not even begin to cover demand because it will leave each employee handling the cases of 1,500 different EU citizens.

Despite producing successful bands including Arctic Monkeys, Pulp and Def Leppard, being the mecca for snooker, and sitting right on the edge of the stunning Peak District, Home Office officials have stated they are having trouble convincing potential employees to move to Sheffield, where a vast international visa processing centre is based.

The Home Office told the Independent that European work was carried out at its hub in Liverpool, rather than Sheffield, where it had no issues with recruitment.  However, as demand grows, it is likely the workload will need to be spread over multiple immigration centres.

And, in a statement that will undoubtedly raise a few eyebrows, the Home Office stated that the positions available are not UK-restricted, so will be open to European workers.

So just to make that clear – one of the reasons Britain is leaving the EU is to restrict migration, so British jobs go to British workers.  But to ensure the Brexit process runs smoothly, the government may have to recruit EEA nationals as it cannot find enough British workers to fill the positions.

The Brexit process is steadily becoming more farcical by the day.

OTS Solicitors is one of the most respected immigration law firms in London and is highly ranked in the Legal 500 for immigration and human rights.  By making an appointment with one of our immigration solicitors, you can be assured of receiving some of the best legal advice available in the UK today. 

If you require immigration law advice, please phone our London office on 0203 959 9123.

Categories: 

Relevant People: 

For the best expert legal advice and outcome on your UK immigration application, contact OTS immigration solicitors on 0203 959 9123 or contact us online.

 

We are one of the UK’s top firms for immigration solicitors and civil liberties lawyers. We can advise on a broad range of immigration issues including Appeals and Refusals, Judicial Reviews, Spouse Visas, Student Visas, Work Permit Visas, Indefinite Leave to Remain, EEA Applications, Asylum and human rights, British Citizenship, All types of visas, Business Immigration Visas, Entrepreneur Visas and Investor Visas.

Our top immigration solicitors and lawyers are here to assist you.

 

Disclaimer: The information and comments on this page/site is made available free of charge and for educational and information purposes only. The information and comments do not amount to and are not intended to be adopted as legal advice to any individual or company. The use of this site should not be a substitute for specific legal advice, which we ask you to see our contact page or call our solicitors on 0203 959 9123.

By using this site you understand that there is no solicitor and client relationship between you/your company and the site owners or the firm. We make every effort to keep the published articles up-to-date and accurate, however the law changes very rapidly and the older the articles on this site, the more likely that the views in it have changed with the development of the law.