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.

Budget introduces elite visa to lure tech entrepreneurs

The UK government is set to introduce an ‘elite points-based visa’, a further component of its drive to revamp the immigration system post-Brexit.

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India deal could see more migrant workers enter UK

16 Feb 2021

New trade agreement with India could see more workers from India enter the UK once Covid recedes.

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Top 10 HR questions January 2021: Home-schooling, furlough, vaccinations

1 Feb 2021

With strengthened lockdown measures in January, employers have again been asking for guidance on employees who are home-schooling.
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Brexit transition period end – what it means for HR (webinar)

27 Jan 2021

ON DEMAND | From an HR perspective, the end of the Brexit transition period means getting to grips with the new immigration rules...

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Biden to boost migrant worker visa rights

22 Jan 2021

Changes to rules concerning H-1B visas could increase numbers of foreign specialists while safeguarding US wages.

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Number of overseas nationals leaving UK could have reached 1.3 million

15 Jan 2021

Up to 1.3 million overseas nationals have left the UK over the past year, with almost 700,000 non-UK born workers...

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Brexit: What the trade agreement means for business travel

12 Jan 2021

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Change to visa concessions may have scuppered new year hiring

7 Jan 2021

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Top 10 HR questions November 2020: furlough, sponsor licences

3 Dec 2020

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Applications for new work visa routes now open

1 Dec 2020

Applications for the new work visa routes open today for eligible overseas workers who wish to work in the UK...

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How will employers fare under the new immigration system?

1 Dec 2020

Four legal specialists discuss their hopes and fears for the UK's new points-based immigration system opens for visa applications...

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Risk of foreign investors being deterred by new immigration rules

30 Nov 2020

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Dramatic fall in immigration could spark skills shortage

27 Nov 2020

The CIPD is urging the government to take steps to boost training and re-skilling of domestic workforce to compensate for...

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Settled status: are your EU workers ready or at risk?

24 Nov 2020

Although the applications deadline for pre-settled and settled status is not until next year, there are some steps HR teams...

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