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.


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

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

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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Ten key points about the sponsor licence system

4 Mar 2020

Gaining a sponsor licence will be crucial for many organisations under the new immigration system; but it can be a complex procedure.

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Top 10 HR questions February 2020: Coronavirus and right-to-work checks

3 Mar 2020

How to respond to the risk of the spread of coronavirus is the subject of February’s most popular FAQs.
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EU immigration hits 15-year low, adding to business skills fears

28 Feb 2020

Non-EU immigration has increased again but is driven by people - predominantly from Asia - coming to study.

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Points-based immigration: five things employers can do now

24 Feb 2020

Employers have been advised not to panic in reaction to the newly published details on the proposed points-based immigration system...

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UK’s immigration rules could create low-skilled worker ‘black market’

21 Feb 2020

The government’s points-based immigration rules could increase the risk of worker exploitation, human trafficking and modern slavery by criminal gangs,...

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Points-based immigration scheme shuts out low-skilled workers

19 Feb 2020

Low-skilled workers would not get a visa under the government’s proposed points-based immigration scheme, details of which have been published...

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Fall in visa applications triggers skills warning for private sector

17 Feb 2020

Business consultancy warns of skills shortfall as number of visa applications from non-EU skilled workers has fallen.

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Prime minister sets date for points-based immigration system

14 Feb 2020

Downing Street has announced that the new points-based immigration system will be implemented from 1 January 2021.

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Migrant worker salary threshold set to be lowered to £25,600

10 Feb 2020

Boris Johnson and home secretary Priti Patel are expected to announce their immigration reforms on Friday, which reportedly include plans...

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