Consequential etc provision

Part of Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 26th February 2019.

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New clause 21—Work visas for EEA and Swiss Nationals—

(1) The Secretary of State must introduce a general work visa to enable EEA and Swiss nationals to come and work in the United Kingdom.

(2) Any EEA and Swiss national is eligible to apply for a visa issued under this section if—

(a) they have secured a job offer in the United Kingdom; and

(b) they possess a certificate of sponsorship from a UK employer with a valid sponsorship licence.

(3) A work visa granted under this section remains valid for—

(a) the duration of time that the person it is granted to is employed in the United Kingdom; and

(b) for a period not exceeding 12 months continuous employment.

(4) No minimum income requirement shall be required for a visa issued under this section.

(5) The immediate family members of a person granted a general work visa under this section are entitled to reside in the United Kingdom for the duration of the validity of the work visa.

(6) In this section “immediate family member” means an EEA or Swiss citizen’s spouse or civil partner, or a person related to them (or their spouse or civil partner) as their—

(a) child or grandchild under 21 years old, or dependent child or grandchild of any age; or

(b) dependent parent or grandparent.

(7) The Secretary of State may by regulations made by statutory instrument make such further provision as the Secretary of State considers appropriate to establish a general work visa under this section.

(8) Any statutory instrument issued under this section is not to be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House.