As of 11pm on 31st October the United Kingdom will be leaving the European Union.

That is of course if the EU does not agree to the UK’s extension request.  If they do; then 31st January 2020 will become the new date for Brexit.

You’ve heard a lot of talk about Brexit (re-votes, deal, no-deals etc) but what you really want to know as an Aussie teacher heading over to the UK is -how will the changes affect me??

So, let’s take a look at the following:

 

How will my visa and travel be affected?

The UK government will introduce a new, Australian style points-based immigration system from January 2021.  The plan is to introduce a new, fairer immigration system that prioritises skills and what people can contribute to the UK, rather than where they came from.

Most Aussie’s travel to the UK on Tier 2 YMV and the good news is; this visa remains unchanged by Brexit. Great 😊

One of the main benefits of teaching in the UK is obviously taking advantage of the proximity to Europe and those cheap European holidays.

Here we have good news again; you will not need a new visa for short trips if you’re a tourist, according to European Commission proposals.  You could stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period and travel to Ireland will not change after Brexit. So, you don’t need to kiss goodbye to those long-awaited trips!  And if you’re anything like me, the thought of potentially getting more stamps on your passport due to the changes is wonderful!

After Brexit, there will be some changes for Brits travelling Europe.  How to cross boarders (which que you stand in), the changes to health cover (you’ll have to get travel insurance), driving permissions (providing relevant paperwork) and changes to duty-free.  However, it’s not changes that would stop anyone from taking advantage of the proximity to Europe and experiencing different cultures.

 

Is it still going to be affordable to live in the UK?

Many economists and business groups believe “no deal” would lead to economic harm.  However, Brexiteers would quickly cry scaremongering to these claims.  Many Brexit supporters say it is hard to accurately predict what will happen or believe any economic disruption will be short-term and minor.

A “deal” would protect many of the UK’s existing trade deals and in addition a transition period will apply until the end of 2020 at least, if not longer.

Without a crystal ball, it’s pretty impossible to tell what the future holds but in short, should Brexit stop your dreams to work in the UK and travel Europe?  Absolutely not!

 

Will there still be work available?

For many years, Aussie’s and Canadians have become a staple part of UK schools since the UK simply doesn’t have enough qualified teachers.  This status quo will likely carry on as the problem is not looking to get solved any time soon.

In short, if you are an Australian living or working in, or travelling to, the UK or the EU nothing will change in the short-term, including for visa arrangements so don’t give up the experience of a lifetime!

 

If you are interested in making the move to the UK, click here for more information and to get in touch!