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The UK Government are to simplify the verification process to enable employers to carry out immigration checks to find out whether foreign nationals have the right to work in Britain, Immigration Minister Damian Green announced today.

Within the next three months employers will have online access to verify that the details contained on a foreign employee’s biometric residence permit (BRP) are correct.

Damian Green said:

‘It is vital that we work with employers to give them the tools they need to meet their obligations.

‘Our new online checking service will also turn up the pressure on those who wish to live and work here illegally. The message is clear – the UK is no longer a soft touch for illegal workers.’

The Government also announced that from 29 February 2012 BRPs will be issued to more categories of foreign nationals, including refugees and those granted permission to settle in the UK.

BRPs, which contain data such as fingerprints and photograph on a secure chip, are issued to non-EEA nationals with permission to remain in the UK for more than 6 months.

BRPs are simplifying the process of checking an individual’s right to work by replacing the wide range of documents currently in use.

Around 600,000 BRPs have been issued since November 2008. From next year they will cover all those applying from inside the UK to remain here for more than 6 months.

To meet increased demand and provide foreign nationals with more locations around the UK where fingerprints and photographs can be taken, the immigration minister has today announced that a contract for the collection of this information has been awarded to the Post Office Ltd, which will offer a network of around 100 locations. Source: UK Border Agency.

Employers will welcome the new system as it will make their lives easier when trying to decide whether or not a person can work legally or not, as well as avoiding a massive fine of up to £10,000 per illegal worker.

Following an unprecedented number of major changes to the Immigration Rules in the last five years, there is widespread confusion over who can and cannot work in the UK.

For instance, the number of hours a student or their dependant can work, yellow cards, blue cards, purple cards and EU citizens exercising EC treaty rights.

Non-EU Tier 4 students are a minefield for employers who are not always sure of the hours they can work and, with so many colleges closing down, whether or not they are even studying.

The situation with workers from the European Union is not as straightforward as you would imagine. Employers are often unaware of the distinct difference between ‘A8’ nationals (Polish, Latvian, Slovakian, Czechs, Hungarians, Slovenians Lithuanians and Estonians), who joined the EU in 2004 and more recent members from Bulgaria and Romania. Although both groups have the same rights to freely enter the UK, they do not enjoy the same rights to work, or free movement of labour.

Even though they are EU members, when it comes to employment Bulgarian and Romanian citizens do not have the same rights as other Europeans, for instance from Poland, Slovakia or other A8 Accession countries.

Bulgarians and Romanians coming to the UK on Yellow Card registration permits can work and study full time on vocational courses such as NVQ or QCF courses in Health and Social Care.

UK work restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals have been extended until the end of 2013.

See also:

EU and non-EU workers take more UK jobs as number of Britons in work plunges

Health care workers needed in UK now

Free Movement of EU nationals explained

Immigration Rules for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals

If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: 

info@immigrationmatters.co.uk or visit www.immigrationmatters.co.uk

Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.

For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email info@majesticcollege.org

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10 Responses to “Employers to have access to online checking of Biometric residence permits for workers”
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  1. remarck mendador says :

    I need your help regarding my employeer mr frederick taylor approve me to work her family as a house help here address is 32 cale street chelsea green london sw3.3qs
    and here contact number is +447035907595….im so worried because told me send a 400 pounds to mr james lenon at 156 biggin hill post code SE19 3HP london bank name is western union to process my travel document..and he give a name of agency to my plane ticket and working permit as long i m already to send a money agency name is primetravel agency uk…..pls check if its true….and also here is here email add owotide45@yahoo.com ..hope u understand and for my assurance to real job and employeer…thanks

  2. remarck mendador says :

    I need your help regarding my employeer mr frederick taylor approve me to work her family as a house help here address is 32 cale street chelsea green london sw3.3qs
    and here contact number is +447035907595….im so worried because told me send a 400 pounds to mr james lenon at 156 biggin hill post code SE19 3HP london bank name is western union to process my travel document..and he give a name of agency to my plane ticket and working permit as long i m already to send a money agency name is primetravel agency uk…..pls check if its true….and also here is here email add owotide45@yahoo.com ..hope u understand and for my assurance to real job and employeer…thanks

  3. […] Employers to have access to online checking of Biometric residence permits for workers […]

  4. If you are writing from the Philippines (who seem to be targets for this sort of thing) you should be going through your own government’s POEA, which is supposed to check out UK employers and issues permission to leave the country.
    You can also contact your London based embassy to ask them to verify the job.
    You can also make your own checks and use your common sense.
    You could also read the rules on working in the UK on the UKBA website.
    What employer asks for £400 to be sent to them via Western Union (which is a remittance service not a bank)? Wake up migrants!
    Non-EU migrants need a working visa (LOOK AT THE UKBA WEBSITE) which is only available for certain jobs and regsitered employer sponsors.

  5. Call the UK Border Agency to verify the work permit.

  6. Katherine Mondoy says :

    is there anyway we could check if the said work permit & work contract is true or fake?
    hope to hear a word from your good office soon.

  7. Katherine Mondoy says :

    I need your advice & help. Mr. Joe Brown offers me and my friend to work to his company. The company name is “MACKIE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS LIMITED” the address is 95 Causewayside Street Toll cross Glasgow G32 8LT.(office address) and his home addreess is 134 Rotherfield Street, Islington London N1 3DA . He’s contact number is +447031747978, e-mail address is joejunirj@ymail.com. It was August when I known him and offers a work for him to his company. and since i have to renew my passport first i told him to give us time to prepare our documents. It was September 20, 2011 when i received our “Work Permit” with TWP – 918476999EG date of Issueance: September 16,2011 Expiry date: 16 September 2012. And our “Work Contract” was prepared dated September 23,2011. On it was stated about the address of the work site, the salary and the agreements. on the last page was printed and signed by Mr. Joe Brown as the Employer. But it took as some time to prepare for our processing fees that Mr. Brown is asking from us. Until from 8 applicants last to two me and my friend named Rowina Alba Tagnipes. He get’s mad to us for he said that his agent already prepared our documents and we never send the money to his agent who is in Malaysia also looking for their new staffs for his upcoming branch to be open in November 2011. We wish to check if it’s for real and we wanted to check if the documents sent to us is genuine and some of my co-applicants thinks it’s a fake. Since the agent told us that he already look for our replacements workers in Malaysia we stop communicating to them, and months we never had received any news from him so we think it wasn’t for us until last November 23, 2011 i got communication once again with Mr. Brown informing me that he was in Malaysia and offers to us the work again, this time only me and my friend Rowina decided to go. He gives me the hotel address where he stay’s in Malaysia it’s Batu 8 Off Jalan Dungun Terengganu, Malaysia and his Malaysia contact number is +60192503449. These time he again ask us to send him money to process our documents. We ask him where to send the money. Mr. Brown told us to send it to “Western Union Malaysia” we send money to him dated November 29,2011 amounting Php. 30,990.00 including the service charge. It was November 30,2011 when he get’s the money in Malaysia Western Union” The last on-line communication we had to Mr. Brown was dated December 5, 2011 and told us that he will come to our country Philippines to personally assist us in processing our documents. but since then we never heard anything from him, nor his cellphone can’t be reached at all. May we hear from your good office soon. Thank you for taking time to read my letter. & God Bless.

  8. If you are writing from the Philippines (who seem to be targets for this sort of thing) you should be going through your own government’s POEA, which is supposed to check out UK employers and issues permission to leave the country.
    You can also contact your London based embassy to ask them to verify the job.
    You can also make your own checks and use your common sense.
    You could also read the rules on working in the UK on the UKBA website.
    What employer asks for £400 to be sent to them via Western Union (which is a remittance service not a bank)? Wake up migrants!
    Non-EU migrants need a working visa (LOOK AT THE UKBA WEBSITE) which is not available for Nannys.

  9. i need your help regarding my employeer mr frederick taylor approve me to work her family as a nanny here address is 32 cale street chelsea green london sw3.3qs
    and here contact number is +447035907595….im so worried because told me send a 400 pounds to mr james lenon at 156 biggin hill post code SE19 3HP london bank name is western union to process my travel document..and he give a name of agency to my plane ticket and working permit as long i m already to send a money agency name is primetravel agency uk…..pls check if its true….and also here is here email add owotide45@yahoo.com ..hope u understand and for my assurance to real job and employeer…thanks

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