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.


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Brexit uncertainty hits two-fifths of hiring managers

10 Dec 2018

Two-fifths of hiring managers struggle to find the right skills because of uncertainty around Brexit, according to new research

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Heathrow Airport to pay for EU employees’ settled status

10 Dec 2018

Heathrow Airport is to pay for the 350 EU nationals it employs to achieve “settled status” after the UK leaves...

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Visa applications for non-EU nationals: What HR needs to know

3 Dec 2018

As HR professionals try to grapple with the settled status pilot scheme for EU permanent residence applications, there is now...

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Border control

Recruiters sound alarm over falling EU migration figures

29 Nov 2018

Significant changes in migration patterns were revealed today in the latest Office for National Statistics figures, causing serious concerns for...

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Health sector discusses Brexit risk to the NHS

27 Nov 2018

While Theresa May was yesterday making her statement to the House of Commons chamber on the Brexit withdrawal agreement, health...

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Scrap net migration target, say London businesses

27 Nov 2018

Business campaigners have called for a radical shake-up to rules governing the immigration of workers at all skill levels.
London...

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Low-skilled EU workers could benefit from 11-month visa

26 Nov 2018

Leaked Cabinet papers suggest that the Home Office is drawing up plans to issue low-skilled migrants with 11-month visas “with...

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Immigration system won’t allow EU workers to ‘jump the queue’

19 Nov 2018

Prime minister Theresa May has said the UK’s future immigration system will no longer allow EU nationals to “jump the...

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One in six NHS posts unfilled by 2030

15 Nov 2018

“Systemic” shortages in the NHS workforce mean long-term plans for the health service risk becoming an unachievable wish list, according...

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Draft Brexit deal: No further updates on immigration proposals

15 Nov 2018

The draft Brexit agreement – delivered last night by prime minister Theresa May – has confirmed that EU nationals can...

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No additional right-to-work checks for EU citizens needed, minister confirms

6 Nov 2018

Employers will not need to make additional right-to-work checks on EU citizens in the event of a no deal Brexit,...

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‘Impossible’ to determine EU nationals’ right to work during Brexit transition period

31 Oct 2018

Employers will be expected to check EU nationals' right to work in the UK...

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UK Border Force to face staff shortages in event of no-deal Brexit

24 Oct 2018

The government will struggle to recruit enough staff and put in place appropriate infrastructure and systems to police the UK’s...

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Brexit transition period could be extended by ‘a matter of months’

18 Oct 2018

Theresa May has suggested that the transition period after Brexit could be extended by “a matter of months”.

Preparing for...

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