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.

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Tier 2 visas: how the NHS exemption will benefit other sectors

19 Jun 2018

The removal of doctors and nurses from the cap on Tier 2 visas for highly-skilled workers has been welcomed and...

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Doctors and nurses to be excluded from Tier 2 visa cap

15 Jun 2018

NHS doctors and nurses will be excluded from restrictions to the number of visas granted to skilled non-EU migrant workers,...

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Home secretary to propose universal immigration system after Brexit

11 Jun 2018

Home secretary Sajid Javid has reportedly “torn up” plans to offer European migrants preferential access to the UK after its...

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Tier 2 visa reforms: what would employers like to see?

6 Jun 2018

With a review of the Tier 2 visa system for non-EU nationals promised by home secretary Sajid Javid, Rachel Harvey...

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Home secretary Javid announces review of Tier 2 immigration

4 Jun 2018

Home secretary Sajid Javid has said that the Home Office would conduct a review of its under-fire policy on issuing...

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EU workers posted abroad to be entitled to local pay rates

30 May 2018

Workers posted to another EU country will be entitled to the same rate of pay and working conditions as their...

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Almost half of manufacturers concerned about post-Brexit hiring

21 May 2018

Almost half of UK manufacturers are worried about accessing skills once...

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Tier 2 visas: Why employers can’t get the skilled labour they need

18 May 2018

The quota on Tier 2 (General) visas has been reached for several consecutive months, which is causing serious issues for...

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Construction firms ‘slack’ around modern slavery

15 May 2018

Hundreds and perhaps thousands of workers are at risk of exploitation on many of the UK’s most important infrastructure projects,...

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Hundreds of skilled migrants wrongly face deportation

8 May 2018

At least 1,000 highly skilled migrant workers are wrongly facing deportation by the Home Office after being accused of lying...

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Labour calls for health professionals’ exemption from immigration caps

2 May 2018

Labour has urged home secretary Sajid Javid to exempt all health professionals from the immigration cap on skilled workers in...

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NHS leaders say immigration cap is harming services

27 Apr 2018

The Home Office is under renewed attack over its failure to grant visas to hundreds of doctors who had planned...

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Home Office compliance visits: how can employers prepare?

27 Apr 2018

Compliance visits to holders of Tier 2 sponsor licences are on the rise and employers must have their house in...

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Right to work in the UK: How much can employers rely on Home Office advice?

25 Apr 2018

XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman considers the implications of a recent case involving a Jamaican bus driver who was dismissed...

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