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.


Immigration and EU workers: Brexit hasn’t gone away

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.

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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Points-based immigration system takes shape

13 Jul 2020

People coming to the UK will have to join the Skilled Worker route, the Global Talent route, or the Start-up and Innovator route.

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Care sector faces ‘alarming’ staff shortages under new immigration rules

9 Jul 2020

Concern grows over the staffing of care homes once the points-based immigration system starts.

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‘Office for Talent’ to improve immigration experience

1 Jul 2020

The government has created a new ‘Office for Talent’ to make it easier for scientists, researchers and innovators to settle...

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Could furlough and redundancy for visa holders increase the skills gap?

26 Jun 2020

Furlough and redundacy may force some skilled migrant workers to return home. Jonathan Beech explains the impact of job losses...

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Number of non-EU workers arriving in UK overtakes EU migrants

19 Jun 2020

For the first time since 2006, the majority of people migrating to the UK for work are non-EU citizens.
This...

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Migrant workers will be critical to the UK’s economic rebirth

2 Jun 2020

Migrant workers played a key role in rebuilding the UK economy after the Second World War, so will they be...

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Boris Johnson scraps Immigration Health Surcharge in major u-turn

21 May 2020

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

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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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