Hiring green light | EU candidates able to visit Britain for interviews

EU candidates able to visit Britain for interviews

Last week Boris Johnson and the UK Government confirmed that, as part of the next phase of easing restrictions, a select few countries such as Iceland and Australia would be placed on a travel ‘green list’, meaning UK citizens wouldn’t have to isolate upon return.

However, the Government this week confirmed that, whilst countries such as Spain and Germany are currently on an ‘amber list’, meaning travel is discouraged, EU citizens will not be detained or refused entry to the UK if they are coming to Britain for a job interview.

According to reports from The Guardian, the clarification was issued as a result of a particular case in which a Spanish woman was held in a holding room at Gatwick for 24 hours, after telling border officials that she intended to travel to London for a job interview.

“A person may come to the UK under the visitor route for a job interview,” Immigration Minister Kevin Foster confirmed, when the issue was raised in Parliament. “If successful, they must leave the UK and obtain an entry clearance under a route which grants the right to work in the UK before starting the role,” he added.

The case was scrutinised in a parliamentary debate by Labour MP Hilary Benn, who chairs the independent Brexit body, the UK Trade and Business Commission.

“Cases of heavy-handed treatment of EU citizens coming into the UK to seek work will do nothing to help address labour shortages or build a more constructive relationship with our European partners,” Benn said.

Current Government guidelines state that international travel to and from the UK is currently permitted for “general business activities including to attend meetings, conferences, seminars and interviews”.

Currently, those outside of the EU and on the ‘red list’ for travel are unable to enter the UK for any reason.

The official Government website states: “If you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the last 10 days you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK.”

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