Changes to the UK Immigration System
The Home Office has published two guides to assist employers with the new changes to the UK Immigration system. The changes affect the right to work checks that should be carried out by employers and increase the civil penalty for illegally employing an immigrant from £10,000 to £20,000. There is an increased reduction for fast payment from 20% to 30%.
The changes to the right to work checks include: a reduction in the list of acceptable documents; replacing the need to check every 12 months for an employee who has a time-limited right to work with a requirement to recheck on the expiry date; a requirement to retain a record of the date a check is made; an extension of the grace period to make right to work checks on staff acquired under a TUPE transfer to 60 days instead of 28 and, for international students with a limited right to work, a requirement to obtain and retain copies of their academic term and vacation dates.
Key action points:
- Employers should review recruitment practices to ensure compliance with the changes.
- The guide to right to work checks, and the guide to the new civil penalties can be found at the following links:
An employers guide to right to work checks
An employers guide to the administration of the civil penalty scheme