Dairy farmers should check their EU staff have applied for the Government’s Settled Status Scheme to avoid becoming an unlawful resident and face deportation, Matt Knight, managing director of Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers, has warned.
All EU citizens must apply to the scheme by June 30, 2021 to continue to live and work in the country, following the UK’s exit from the European Union.
Mr Knight said: “It is expected there will be a big rush of applications over the next few months before the deadline, and there could also be a backlog because of Covid-19, so I would encourage you to do that now.
“If one of your EU workers fails to apply by the deadline, they will become an unlawful resident in the UK and could be asked to return back to their home country.
“We would encourage you to help them through the application process,” he added.
More information can be found at www.gov.uk/eusettledstatus