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.


Skilled refugees ‘ignored’ in new employment strategy

15 Mar 2005

The government's new refugee employment strategy will not help highly-qualified refugees fill skills gaps in the UK economy, experts have warned.

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Make the first move

15 Mar 2005

The new EU member states could provide a new pool of talent for UK employers. But, as Liz Hall reports, the often highly qualified jobseekers are waiting for employers to...

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Skills of refugees and asylum seekers go to waste

14 Mar 2005

The UK is missing out on the potential contributions of refugees and asylum seekers who have much-needed skills because they cannot get help with updating their qualifications

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Sourcing labour from Eastern Europe

8 Mar 2005

The impression you get from some newspapers when it comes to the issue of migrant workers is that they’re flooding over here, taking our jobs and swamping our communities.

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Employers should give financial surety for departure of foreign staff

2 Mar 2005

A Conservative government would require companies that employ staff from overseas on work permits to put up a cash bond to ensure their departures, said Conservative leader Micheal Howard

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Foreign IT workers solve skills shortage

1 Mar 2005

I was disappointed to read Michael Gough's views on immigrant IT workers in Personnel Today (15 February)

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BMA claims higher immigration fees will deter doctors

18 Feb 2005

Increased immigration application charges will deter doctors from coming to the UK, according to the British Medical Association (BMA)

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Tories plan mandatory health tests for migrant workers

15 Feb 2005

Foreigners wanting to work in the UK will have to undergo mandatory health tests for TB and HIV, under plans unveiled by the Conservatives.

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Immigration rules toughen up

15 Feb 2005

Charles Clarke’s tough new immigration policy, announced last week, may alleviate the growing anti-immigration sentiment in the UK, but will...

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Immigration strategy will aid UK skills gap

15 Feb 2005

The home secretary's proposed new measures on immigration have highlighted the importance of an effective managed migration policy for business and for the UK labour market (Personnel Today, 15 February)

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Convicted gangmaster faces lengthy jail term

4 Feb 2005

Workers, many of them illegally in the UK, were paid low rates and charges for rent and transport were deducted from their wages

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Letters

7 Dec 2004

HR-driven change is way forward

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Blunkett claims ID cards will beat exploitation of migrants

16 Nov 2004

Home secretary David Blunkett has spoken out in favour of ID cards as a part of a strategy to protect...

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Blunkett claims ID cards will beat exploitation of migrants

16 Nov 2004

Home secretary David Blunkett has spoken out in favour of ID cards as a part of a strategy to protect...

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EU expansion attracts 91,000 workers from new member states in five months

10 Nov 2004

Nearly 91,000 people from the new member states of the European Union registered to work in Britain in the first...

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