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.


Drop in EU migrants prompts urgent call for immigration transition period

The number of EU citizens moving to the UK to work has continued to fall, prompting business bodies to reiterate...

Border Force staff report high levels of discrimination

19 Aug 2019

One in five immigration enforcement employees at the Home Office ‘personally experienced discrimination at work’, according to an internal survey

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MPs slam Priti Patel plan to end freedom of movement

19 Aug 2019

The rights of EU nationals in the UK will dramatically change from 31 October if there is a no-deal Brexit, under new plans to end freedom of movement

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Boris Johnson’s fast-track visas for scientists criticised

9 Aug 2019

A fast-track visa route to help employers attract the “brightest and best” international scientists has been put forward by Boris...

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EU must better prepare for impact of no-deal Brexit on UK citizens

29 Jul 2019

The European Union needs to ramp up its contingency planning for the effect a no-deal Brexit could have on UK...

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Johnson hints at Australian-style immigration system

26 Jul 2019

New prime minister Boris Johnson has indicated he may introduce an Australian-style points system for skilled overseas workers after Brexit....

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Migrant salary threshold should be £20,000, say business leaders

17 Jul 2019

Business leaders have called for a number of reforms to the immigration system, including lowering the salary threshold and revising...

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More than half of employers will be worse off under proposed immigration rules

9 Jul 2019

More than half of UK employers with staff from outside the UK will be negatively...

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Post-Brexit regional salary thresholds for migrants to be considered

25 Jun 2019

The Migration Advisory Committee is to consider how salary thresholds should be calculated under a future immigration system – including...

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EU settled status: how employers can help their European staff

20 Jun 2019

Last week Personnel Today ran an opinion piece which criticised the EU Settlement Scheme, the process that EU, EEA or...

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EU settled status scheme looks far from settled

11 Jun 2019

Home Office cannot afford to ignore the lessons of the Windrush scandal and suffer the resulting reputational damage.

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MPs say EU settlement scheme risks Windrush re-run

30 May 2019

The scheme could lead to the unnecessary and unlawful deportations of people who should be entitled to live and work in the UK.

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Expand shortage occupation list to meet skills needs

29 May 2019

The shortage occupation list should be expanded to allow more migrant workers to fill a wider range of health, IT...

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Immigration rules on same-sex partners remain tough

24 May 2019

Only a third of countries allow same-sex spouses to qualify as dependents on immigration applications, while just 30% allow same-sex partners this qualification.

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No EU settlement scheme applications rejected in initial phase

3 May 2019

The Home Office has announced that more than 600,000 EU citizens had applied to stay in the UK in the...

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