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Half of EU VFX workers have yet to apply for settled status

New figures from UK Screen Alliance

Research by the UK Screen Alliance has found that 51 per cent of EU citizens working in VFX, animation and post production have yet to apply for settled status in the UK.

Earlier this year the industry body issued a call to arms encouraging workers to apply for settled or pre-settled status ahead of Brexit.

The trade body noted that this would give individuals “considerable advantage in gaining jobs in the UK” whether or not they intend to stay in the country for the long term.

However, a recent survey found that half have yet to apply. Three per cent of those surveyed have applied but are waiting to hear back, and five per cent do not intent to apply.

“Whilst we are encouraged that 40% have applied and received a positive settlement decision, the fact that 51 per cent are still to apply creates uncertainty for businesses,” said Neil Hatton, CEO UK Screen Alliance.

“Europeans with settled or pre-settled status will be at an advantage in terms of employability in the UK after Brexit, as employers will be able to avoid expensive visa costs once they are imposed for EU citizens. It makes sense to apply even if you don’t intend to stay in the UK long term, as it will keep your options open.”

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