I am a UK citizen and obtained my PhD at a UK university in August. I was shortlisted for a postdoctoral position at an Italian institution in mid December before the UK-EU trade deal was made. The interview went amazingly well and I was given a very positive feedback for my performance. Of course, the procedure was halted due to the Christmas holidays. In the new year the new EU-UK trade deal was agreed upon and I am no longer sure what my position is. I was confident of an offer, but now I am concerned I would need sponsorship, as a result of said trade deal, and fear that potential offers would be retracted.

I would be grateful for someone with more experience on this matter to shed some light on my concerns. I have read the documents in which they state the conditions for non-EU citizens, but the document was not very helpful or informative and seemed rather vague.

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    It isn't like Brexit was unexpected by the Italians. Likely they also hire non-EU postdocs. So, they will process the necessary paperwork.
    – Jon Custer
    Jan 12, 2021 at 18:58
  • You need to ask the Italian institution. Ask if there are additional complications and what you can do to resolve them.
    – Buffy
    Jan 12, 2021 at 19:09
  • Which kind of postdoc is it? Is it an RTD-A position or an assegno di ricerca? Jan 12, 2021 at 19:44
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    @Carl Looking at the regulation for the calls in my university, which is probably common to other universities as well, I wouldn't expect any issue. Jan 12, 2021 at 19:48
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    Solidarity from another UK -> EU PhD -> postdoc transitioner! In my opinion the deal has actually made things better, as now I and my new employer have a better idea of what visa is needed so I think you should be fine. Jan 12, 2021 at 20:05


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