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.


Brexit: MAC warns of ‘stark consequences’ in social care

29 Sep 2020

Senior care worker and nursing assistant roles should be added to the shortage occupation lists to relieve pressure when freedom...

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No ‘cooling off period’ for skilled workers relocating to the UK

25 Sep 2020

New guidance for employers that wish to recruit workers from abroad from next year has been published, but the long-awaited...

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EU immigration: two fifths of firms won’t reallocate roles to Britons

24 Sep 2020

Nine out of 10 UK businesses believe the recruitment of EU nationals plays an important role in their UK operations,...

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UK firms’ ability to attract ‘brightest and best’ in doubt

21 Sep 2020

The number of UK firms applying for permission to employ skilled overseas workers has remained static since the start of the year.

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New immigration guidelines: What do employers need to know?

17 Aug 2020

While Brexit preparations might still seem a distant set of priorities for some organisations, last month the government issued more...

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Immigration and EU workers: Brexit hasn’t gone away

10 Aug 2020

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.

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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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