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.

Boris Johnson scraps Immigration Health Surcharge in major u-turn

Policy switch over £400 surcharge for overseas health and care workers was driven by Prime Minister, health secretary indicates.

Leave to remain extended to families of deceased care workers

21 May 2020

The government has stated that non-EEA family members of any NHS, healthcare or social care worker who has died as...

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Immigration Bill is ‘not fair and not in the national interest’

18 May 2020

Labour accuses government of undervaluing people in low paid jobs in the health and social care sector and says immigration bill will make them feel unwelcome in this country.

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Only 2% of businesses licenced to hire migrant workers from next year

14 May 2020

Organisations still hoping to apply for a sponsor licence before the end of the year are 'cutting applications to the wire'.

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Migration Advisory Committee consults on skills shortages

13 May 2020

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has launched a six-week call for evidence, asking business groups and employers to share their...

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Does the latest Covid-19 immigration policy generate more questions?

30 Apr 2020

The Home Office says migrants can request a new visa with extended validity.

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Global mobility leaders: ‘Your country needs YOU’

28 Apr 2020

One of the best known images of the First World War is the commanding face of Lord Kitchener, his finger...

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NHS visa extension ‘may not apply to all staff’

22 Apr 2020

Proposals to extend the visas of NHS workers may not apply to as many people as initially thought, immigration experts...

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Crop-pickers to be flown in from Eastern Europe

16 Apr 2020

Several food growers have chartered flights to bring Eastern European workers to the UK to help with crop picking.

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Soon-to-expire visas: do new Home Office allowances provide enough relief?

6 Apr 2020

We examine how far rule changes go towards helping overseas citizens with soon-to-expire visas who are unable to travel.

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Home Office warns of delay in EU settlement scheme decisions

3 Apr 2020

EU citizens applying to remain in the UK following Brexit have been warned their application may take longer to be...

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Frontline health workers granted visa extension

1 Apr 2020

Home secretary Priti Patel has announced that frontline NHS workers whose visas are due to expire before 1 October will...

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Coronavirus: Home Office speeds up right to work checks

31 Mar 2020

Right to work checks can now be carried out using scanned or online documents.

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Modern slavery: Why HR should be the champion for all workers’ rights 

24 Mar 2020

How much more can HR do to protect supply chains and the people that work within them, five years on from the Modern Slavery Act passing into law?

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Budget 2020: Seven things employers may have missed

12 Mar 2020

Given the covid-19 coronavirus has now been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget announcement...

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