As an employer it is important that the person you hire has the legal right to work in the UK and the appropriate documentation and/or visa to prove their eligibility. It is a criminal offence to illegally employ a person who does not have the right to work in the United Kingdom (UK).
You must also take the necessary steps to obtain documentation verifying the person’s eligibility to work in the UK. You should retain this documentation as proof in your employee’s file.
When considering a person’s eligibility to live and work in the UK, immigration law places people into four basic categories:
- British citizens
- European Economic Area and Swiss nationals
- Asylum seekers and refugees
- All other nationalities
Each category has very different rights relating to living and working in the UK.