Hiring EU animators in post-Brexit Britain

Two associate solicitors talk about and give general guidance on hiring non-UK animators in the UK’s post-Brexit immigration system.

Brexit has implications for animation companies looking to hire EU nationals to work in the UK. Anna Blackden and Liz Kynaston, associate solicitors, Doyle Clayton Solicitors, give general guidance on hiring non-UK animators in the UK’s post-Brexit immigration system. They cover a number of routes by which it is possible for UK animation companies to hire EU nationals.

The session includes general advice on the following points:

  • 3:42 - Brexit implications for EU staff/hires
  • 5:41 - EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • 8:37 - Right to work checks
  • 13:34 - New points-based immigration system
  • 14:35 - Sponsored visa routes
  • 16:06 - Non-sponsored visa routes
  • 17:13 - Employer visa sponsorship
  • 21:27 - Sponsoring animation professionals
  • 22:42 - Skilled Worker visas (previously Tier 2 general)
  • 22:54 - Skilled Worker visa - key requirements
  • 27:22 - Shortage occupation list (SOL)
  • 28:43 - Skilled Worker visa - process
  • 31:21 - Skilled Worker visa fees
  • 34:02 - Creative and Sporting visas (T5)
  • 35:47 - Temporary Worker - creative visas key requirements
  • 38:55 - Creative Workers code of practice
  • 42:01 - Creative Worker visa - fees
  • 43:06 - Creative Worker visa process
  • 44:52 - Global Talent visa
  • 47:35 - Youth Mobility Scheme visa
  • 49:42 - Graduate visa
  • 50:53 - Youth Mobility Scheme visa
  • 51:38 - Graduate visa
  • 53:29 - Case study
  • 1:02:11 - What to think about when hiring remotely overseas
  • 1:08:50 - Q&A

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Hiring Non UK Animators in the UK’s post Brexit immigration system.

About Doyle Clayton Workplace Lawyers

Doyle Clayton is a specialist employment law firm based in London. The firm offers legal and advisory support to its clients on issues arising in the workplace. It was founded in 1997.

Contact the speakers

Anna Blackden: ablackden@doyleclayton.co.uk

Liz Kynaston: ekynaston@doyleclayton.co.uk

About the event

This is a recording of an online event that took place on 3 March 2021. It was introduced by Abigail Addison, ScreenSkills animation production liaison executive, and supported by the ScreenSkills Animation Skills Fund with contributions from UK animation productions.

Further information

Check out our animation job profiles.

Check out the Doyle Clayton Workplace Lawyers website.

Check out information about the global talent visa at Work in the UK as a leader in arts and culture (Global Talent visa) or apply for the Global Talent visa.

Skilled Worker Visa: Shortage Occupations List.

Appendix T5 Creative Workers Code of Practice.

Check out the Doyle Clayton information about the Frontier Worker Permit and the GOV.UK website about the Frontier Worker Permit.


This session is for general information purposes. It is not addressed to any specific parties and does not constitute advice (legal or otherwise) to any person. Please note that ScreenSkills and Doyle Clayton Solicitors do not accept any liability in any circumstances to any other parties for any losses arising in relation to any actions, inactions or determinations made in relation to the information shared in this session. We recommend that anyone with any specific concerns or questions seek up to date advice in respect of their particular circumstances.