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.


Farmers need clarity on ‘vital’ seasonal worker recruitment

The agriculture sector urgently needs clarity on how it will be able to recruit seasonal workers from overseas next year,...

‘Snap out of it and prepare for new immigration rules’ firms warned

26 Oct 2020

Employers need to ‘snap out’ of their complacency and start preparing for the points-based immigration system, a specialist has warned...

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Services sector ‘overlooked’ in Brexit trade talks

13 Oct 2020

The needs of the UK’s £225bn professional services sector are being overlooked in the UK-EU trade talks according a sub-committee...

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Shortage occupation lists: the MAC’s proposals examined

6 Oct 2020

Last week, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) released a report outlining what occupations should be recognised as being in shortage...

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Top 10 HR questions September 2020: Testing, Brexit and redundancy

2 Oct 2020

As the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases rose in the last month, employers have been asking questions about testing for...

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Staff can now apply for immigration health surcharge refunds

1 Oct 2020

Health and care staff from overseas are now able to claim their immigration health surcharge reimbursement today (1 October), a...

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Ten years of the Equality Act 2010: key cases for employers

1 Oct 2020

Ten years ago, the Equality Act 2010 consolidated discrimination laws into a single piece of legislation. We highlight 10 key...

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Brexit: MAC warns of ‘stark consequences’ in social care

29 Sep 2020

Senior care worker and nursing assistant roles should be added to the shortage occupation lists to relieve pressure when freedom...

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No ‘cooling off period’ for skilled workers relocating to the UK

25 Sep 2020

New guidance for employers that wish to recruit workers from abroad from next year has been published, but the long-awaited...

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EU immigration: two fifths of firms won’t reallocate roles to Britons

24 Sep 2020

Nine out of 10 UK businesses believe the recruitment of EU nationals plays an important role in their UK operations,...

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UK firms’ ability to attract ‘brightest and best’ in doubt

21 Sep 2020

The number of UK firms applying for permission to employ skilled overseas workers has remained static since the start of the year.

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New immigration guidelines: What do employers need to know?

17 Aug 2020

While Brexit preparations might still seem a distant set of priorities for some organisations, last month the government issued more...

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Immigration and EU workers: Brexit hasn’t gone away

10 Aug 2020

Many businesses will soon have to once again wrestle with the UK's decision to leave the EU, with difficult decisions having to be made over the sourcing of talent.

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Priti Patel

Home Office scraps ‘racist’ immigration algorithm

7 Aug 2020

AI tool was dismissed by campaigners as 'speedy boarding for white people'; Priti Patel pledges new visa system will consider 'unconscious bias'.

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Health and Care Visa launched for ‘brightest and best’ health professionals

15 Jul 2020

A new Health and Care Visa promising eligible healthcare workers fast-tracked entry to live and work in the UK has...

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