Checking Employee Rights to Work in the UK

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There is a requirement under the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 for employers to ask prospective employees to produce documentary evidence to prove their eligibility to work in the UK prior to starting work. If an employer cannot prove to the UK Border Agency that it has done this by keeping photocopies of the original documents, then they risk a fine of up to £10,000. Some employers have had difficulty in knowing which documents to request and the requirements keep changing, so to make this process a little easier, the UK Border Agency recently published some useful new guidance which contains full details of the checks employers should make, together with pictures of the current documents, stamps and endorsements that may be shown by a prospective employee as evidence of their right to work in the UK. It’s free to download here, easy to follow – although it is rather lengthy – and is an excellent source of information. Any employer requiring specific advice on document checks may contact the UK Border Agency’s Employers’ Helpline on 0300 123 4699

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