When the non-UK based individuals and families visit the UK they may want to bring their EEA domestic staff with them. Domestic staff is someone working within the employer’s household, such as nanny, housekeeper, chauffeur, cook etc.
It is not known at this stage how Brexit will impact the EEA domestic staff travelling with their employer.
The Conservative Party manifesto says, “We will … establish an immigration policy that allows us to reduce and control the number of people who come to Britain from the European Union, while still allowing us to attract the skilled workers our economy needs”. Domestic workers are unskilled workers and therefore post-Brexit EEA domestic workers may be subject to the same rules as currently apply to non-EEA domestic workers. However, it is recommended for employers to encourage their EEA domestic staff to apply for a permanent residence/British citizenship if they qualify under the current policy before Brexit. Current policy says EEA household staff who has continuously exercised free movement rights in the UK for 5 years will automatically have acquired the right of permanent residence here and can apply for British citizenship after holding that status for a year.
Disclaimer: The information is for general guidance on your rights and responsibilities and is not legal advice. If you need more details on your rights or legal advice about what action to take, please contact an adviser or solicitor.