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The Frontier Worker Permit was a special type of visa that was introduced following Brexit. Britain’s exit from the European Union ended the free movement of the EEA nationals into the UK. This meant that new visa options were needed for the EEA nationals seeking to work in the UK.

The Frontier Worker Permit specifically applies to such EEA nationals who have already been working in the UK before the Brexit deadline of December 31, 2020. Individuals who hold this permit can enter the UK to undertake a variety of work without any immigration restrictions.

As an EEA national seeking to apply for a Frontier Worker Permit, you must meet a broad set of requirements. Our Frontier Worker Permit lawyers UK can help you identify and satisfy these requirements. You can also consult the top immigration solicitors for the other UK work visa options as an EEA national.

Eligibility Requirements for Frontier Worker Permit UK

Here are some key criteria you must fulfil to be eligible for a Frontier Worker Permit:

  • You must have been working in the UK before December 31, 2020. At the same time, you must have been living in another country. If your work arrangement doesn’t meet this requirement, you may be eligible for other work visa options.
  • You must have worked at least once every 12 months for the duration of your work history in the UK before December 31, 2020.
  • You must have the citizenship of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, or any other EU country.
  • As a worker in the UK, your primary residence must have been listed as another country and not the UK.
  • You must have spent no more than 180 days in any 12-month duration of work in the UK. If you did spend more than 180 days, you must have made a trip to your country of origin at least 2 times in any 12-month duration, or once every 6 months.
  • The nature of the work you do in the UK must be eligible for the Frontier Worker Permit.

For your work or job in the UK to be eligible for the permit, it must:

  • Be genuine and effective. This means that you can’t seek a permit for one-off activities such as signing a contract. Your work must be more elaborate and meaningful.
  • Have started before December 31, 2020. As noted above, this is a key requirement for the permit. The work for which you want to get a permit must have started before this deadline.

You can seek the permit both as an employed or self-employed individual. Our Frontier Worker Permit lawyers UK can help you meet the aforementioned requirements as a part of your visa application. With the help of the top immigration solicitors at our law firm, you can ensure that your application is complete at the time of submission.

Applying for Permit as an Unemployed Individual

It is still possible for you to seek a Frontier Worker Permit if you have been unemployed or unable to do any work in the UK during any 12 months. This requirement is waived if:

  • You were pregnant or had just given birth which prevented you from doing any work.
  • You were actively seeking work in the UK or had been enrolled in a vocational training course to qualify for work.
  • You had been ill or injured in an accident which caused you to stop working for a period.
  • You had voluntarily given up your work and had joined vocational training to enhance your on-job skills.
  • You couldn’t enter the UK due to COVID-19 restrictions.

If you can prove that one of these situations applies to your case, you may be exempt from meeting the work history requirement. In such a case, you will be regarded as a ‘retained self-employed person’ or a ‘retained worker.’

You can consult our European nationals solicitors to see whether or not you qualify for such an exemption. The top immigration solicitors at our law firm will carefully review your case to see what work requirements you need to meet.

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Applying for a Frontier Worker Permit

To get a Frontier Worker Permit, you must submit an online application. You will need to provide the following supporting documents as a part of your visa application:

  • A valid passport or national identity card. This is used to ascertain your identity, country of origin, and other details.
  • Copies of invoices or payslips. This applies if you have already performed work in the UK and have a valid work history. If you have these documents, you can apply for the permit as a standard applicant.
  • Evidence of retained status. As noted above, you may be regarded as a ‘retained worker’ if you are involuntarily unemployed or ill. In these cases, you must produce proof of your retained status. Such proof may include copies of your job applications or a doctor’s report indicating your illness.
  • Proof of identity. This typically pertains to your biometric details. You can use the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app to scan your documents as proof of identity. If you don’t have this option available or are unable to use it, you must visit the nearest visa application centre. You will have your photographs and fingerprints taken at the centre.

After you submit your application, you will receive a notification confirming whether or not your request for a permit is approved.

If you are granted a permit and you submitted your identification details through the app, you will receive a digital permit. If you applied from outside the UK and didn’t use the app, you will receive an email confirming that your request for a permit is approved. In this case, you can collect your permit upon arrival in the UK.

If you submitted your request from inside the UK but didn’t use the app, you will receive your permit via mail. If you are worried about delays in the result of your application, you can consult our European nationals solicitors.

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What Can You Do on Frontier Worker Permit?

A Frontier Worker Permit grants you several rights and privileges during your stay in the UK. Once you have the permit, you can:

  • Work in the UK as an employed or self-employed person
  • Access NHS healthcare without the need to pay the annual healthcare surcharge
  • Access several other public benefits
  • Rent property in the UK
  • Perform any work as long as it meets the requirement of being ‘genuine and effective’

However, your family members or dependents are not covered under this permit. They can instead apply for a family permit if they meet the eligibility requirements under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Permit Fees and Duration

There is no fee to apply for the Frontier Worker Permit. Once you are granted the permit, you can enter the UK for work purposes for a period of up to 5 years. However, if you are applying as someone with a ‘retained’ status, the duration of your permit is 2 years.

You may be able to have your permit renewed if you met the eligibility requirements over the period since you previously applied for the permit.

If your permit application is refused, you have two options. You can either seek an administrative review or file an immigration decision appeal.

You will typically have 28 days to seek an administrative review for which you must apply online. You must also pay an £80 fee for the review. It can take the Home Office up to 6 months or more to decide on your request for an administrative review.

If you want to file an immigration decision appeal, you must pay the £80 fee. You have the option of choosing an oral hearing for your case, which lets you and your representatives present your case in person. The fee for an appeal with a hearing is £140.

It is important to consult reliable Frontier Worker Permit lawyers UK if your application is refused. Our top immigration solicitors can offer valuable advice on how best to proceed following such a refusal. With the help of our European nationals solicitors, you can determine whether you should reapply, seek a review, or appeal the decision.

Get in touch with our expert UK Frontier Worker Permit Solicitors today.

Why Choose Adam Bernard’s?

Here at the London-based Adam Bernard’s, our top immigration solicitors have a reputation for offering tailored advice on UK visa applications. If you are an EEA national seeking a work permit in the UK, our Frontier Worker Permit lawyers UK can help you determine whether or not you qualify for the permit.

Our European nationals solicitors can also guide you on how you can meet the eligibility requirements for the permit. With the help of our top immigration solicitors, you can bring together all the relevant documents for your visa application.

You can consult us at any stage of your visa application, have already applied, have already submitted an application, or have just received a refusal letter.

Call us today at 0207-100-0505 to schedule a free consultation with the top immigration solicitors at our law firm.

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