Immigration

Employers must ensure that individuals who are recruited have the legal right to work in the UK. Employers cannot employ an individual who is subject to immigration control and who has not been granted leave to enter or remain in the UK, or does not have permission to work in the UK.

All potential employees are required to provide evidence of entitlement to work in the UK. Requests for documentation should therefore be applied to all potential employees, not just those coming from abroad.

Employers are liable for fines for negligently employing illegal workers and can be prosecuted under the criminal offence of knowingly employing illegal workers.


In 2015, more than 900,000 Polish nationals lived in the UK

Residency limits proposed for EU migrants in leaked Brexit plan

A detailed 82-page Home Office document proposes to offer low-skilled EU migrants a maximum of two years’ residency in a...

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Government asks committee to look into post-Brexit immigration

27 Jul 2017

The Government has commissioned an in-depth report into how immigration will be managed after Brexit.
Home secretary Amber Rudd has...

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Formal proposals for EU citizen status unveiled

26 Jun 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May has formally outlined her proposals to allow EU citizens to remain in the UK once the...

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May proposes “UK settled status” for EU citizens

23 Jun 2017

A new “UK settled status” could give EU migrants who have lived in the UK for five years the right...

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Queen’s speech 2017: Brexit dominates legislative programme

21 Jun 2017

The Queen has outlined the minority Government’s legislative programme for the next two years, concentrating on eight separate Brexit-related bills....

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Employers unprepared for lower migration after Brexit

12 Jun 2017

Employers are unprepared for the lower levels of migration pledged by the Government after the UK leaves the EU, a...

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Election 2017: where do the parties stand on employment issues?

7 Jun 2017

As campaigning draws to a close, we run down the policies that would most influence the employment landscape

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“Brexit brain drain” fears grow as net migration falls

25 May 2017

Net migration to the UK in 2016 fell by 25% to 248,000, but immigration experts warn of a Brexit brain...

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Tory manifesto: National retraining, NI holidays and more gap reporting

18 May 2017

Theresa May launched the Conservative Party’s 2017 election manifesto today, and for HR and employers there are no big surprises....

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Labour manifesto 2017: what employers need to know

17 May 2017

The Labour Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes some of the most radical changes to employment legislation...

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April 2017: nine key employment law changes

10 Apr 2017

Are you up to date with all this month's employment law changes? We round the nine most important legislative...

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Freedom of movement could continue for some time after Brexit

5 Apr 2017

Theresa May has hinted that free movement of EU citizens could continue during an “implementation period” after the UK has...

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Five costly immigration changes in April 2017

22 Mar 2017

April 2017 sees another set of changes to immigration rules, including the Immigration Skills Charge and changes to minimum salary...

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Employment and immigration included in Brexit White Paper

2 Feb 2017

The Government’s Brexit White Paper reiterates the importance of providing certainty on the immigration status of EU workers already based...

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Uncertainty prevails as travellers offered conflicting US immigration advice

30 Jan 2017

The US Embassy has revised its advice to travellers after President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration led to confusion....

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