Working in the UK as a frontier worker from 1 January 2021

“You’re a frontier worker if you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and you regularly commute to the UK because you are employed or self-employed here but live elsewhere. You’re able to switch between jobs.”

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 27 August 2020)

“Being a frontier worker depends on you having employment or self-employment in the UK. You can keep your frontier worker status if you are not working and one of the following applies”:

  • you’re temporarily unable to work because of an illness or accident
  • you were working in the UK but are now involuntarily unemployed, and are looking for work in the UK
  • you’re in vocational training while involuntarily unemployed
  • you’re in vocational training while unemployed, and the training is related to the work you carried out in your previous work
  • you’re temporarily unable to work as a result of pregnancy or childbirth
  • you’re on maternity or paternity leave, and you will return to your previous employment, or find another job, at the end of this period

You’ll need to apply for a frontier worker permit to enter the UK as a frontier worker. We will update this page when more information is available.

Irish citizens do not need to do anything to continue working in the UK after 31 December 2020.

For more information on Working in the UK as a frontier worker from 1 January 2021, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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