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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Thousands more health workers to have visas extended

23 Nov 2020

Thousands more health workers from abroad whose visas are due to expire soon will be able to remain in the UK for another year free of charge.

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US immigration: How Biden’s election affects global mobility

20 Nov 2020

Global mobility has been stymied under Donald Trump but the new Biden administration is planning a return to a more talent-friendly approach.

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Travel restrictions behind glut of work visas

19 Nov 2020

New government figures show that far fewer migrants have applied for, and been granted visas to work in the UK in the past few months.

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Speedy sponsor-licence process costs businesses extra £500

12 Nov 2020

The Home Office has launched a priority service for businesses that wish to bring in overseas workers under the sponsor-licence scheme.

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Immigration minister: Get your sponsor licence applications in now

11 Nov 2020

The minister for future borders and immigration has advised employers wishing to continue to recruit skilled workers from abroad next...

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Employment law: Seven key tasks for HR in 2021

11 Nov 2020

2020 was the year that HR was required to react to the unexpected, but it’s now time to plan for...

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Inquiry into ethnic minority health and social care virus risk

5 Nov 2020

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has started investigating why health and social care workers from ethnic minority backgrounds are more at risk of Covid-19.

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‘Stealth expats’: managing staff secretly working abroad

4 Nov 2020

Finding out that an employee has secretly been working from another country isn’t a new problem, but it has become...

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Farmers need clarity on ‘vital’ seasonal worker recruitment

28 Oct 2020

The agriculture sector urgently needs clarity on how it will be able to recruit seasonal workers from overseas next year,...

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‘Snap out of it and prepare for new immigration rules’ firms warned

26 Oct 2020

Employers need to ‘snap out’ of their complacency and start preparing for the points-based immigration system, a specialist has warned...

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Services sector ‘overlooked’ in Brexit trade talks

13 Oct 2020

The needs of the UK’s £225bn professional services sector are being overlooked in the UK-EU trade talks according a sub-committee...

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Shortage occupation lists: the MAC’s proposals examined

6 Oct 2020

Last week, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) released a report outlining what occupations should be recognised as being in shortage...

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Top 10 HR questions September 2020: Testing, Brexit and redundancy

2 Oct 2020

As the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases rose in the last month, employers have been asking questions about testing for...

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Staff can now apply for immigration health surcharge refunds

1 Oct 2020

Health and care staff from overseas are now able to claim their immigration health surcharge reimbursement today (1 October), a...

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Ten years of the Equality Act 2010: key cases for employers

1 Oct 2020

Ten years ago, the Equality Act 2010 consolidated discrimination laws into a single piece of legislation. We highlight 10 key...

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