The UK Border Agency has launched updated guidance for employers on preventing ‘illegal working’ to help them check if someone has a right to work. Information about employing Bulgarians and Romanians has been included in the new guidance for the first time.
The agency says the guidance has been completely revised and simplified to make it easier to read.
The new guidance provides much needed information on which documents are acceptable when ‘proving a right to work’ and helps employers understand what checks they are expected to carry out.
Employers who fail to demonstrate that they have carried out the appropriate checks and are found employing workers illegally could be fined £10,000 for each illegal worker and even face a 2 years in prison.
The guidance is available on the UKBA website includes the following changes:
- More information relating to biometric residence permits, specifically to those that show a holder has indefinite leave to stay in the UK
- Information on the various work restrictions placed on students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)
- The impact of fines when applying for a sponsor licence or on licensed sponsors
- Best practice recommendations when carrying out document checks
This guidance also sees information relating to certain European nationals moved to the guidance on employing EEA nationals, as restrictions no longer apply.
It also contains more detailed information on employing Romanian and Bulgarian nationals.
Even though they been members of the European Union since 2007, 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. See: Free Movement of EU nationals explained.
UK work restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals, were extended until the end of 2013 by the British government last November. Other European countries have similar barriers to their newest EU ‘partners’.
Further information and important updates on preventing illegal working can be found on the UKBA website.
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The UK Border Agency can fine you £10,000 for employing a migrant worker illegally.
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