All employers, regardless of whether they hold a Sponsor Licence or not are expected to carry out prescribed document checks on all employees before they start work. The financial and other penalties for getting right to work checks wrong are severe and can have longer term implications for employers.
To avoid civil penalties, revocation of sponsor licences and criminal sanctions, employers must carry out the prescribed document checks in accordance to UKVI’s guidance. If UKVI immigration officers visit your premises and find you are employing or have employed an illegal worker in the past, you would have a statutory excuse if you can show that you conducted correct document checks.
HR and those with responsibility for recruitment should have a thorough understanding of their right to work obligations, including the monitoring of visa expiry dates and appropriate follow up checks.
Our business immigration lawyers are often instructed by businesses to provide comprehensive training to key personnel and HR staff to ensure they are aware of not only what documents they need to check but also how to identify false documents and how to maintain a proper record.
Our lawyers regularly provide seminars and training sessions aimed at helping HR staff understand how to carry out prescribed document checks correctly.
Our expert solicitors who are based in London and Reading, are fully authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and are available to consult with you in person at our offices, or via Skype or telephone. To get in touch with our business immigration team, please use the Contact Form opposite or if you prefer, call or email us.