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Right to work in the UK

Why are you being asked to bring evidence of your right to work to interview?

The new Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 came into effect on 29 February 2008. This strengthened the requirement for employers to check documents to establish a person’s eligibility to work in the UK and compliance with any restrictions. New civil penalties were introduced with fines up to £10,000 for each illegally employed worker and unlimited fines and imprisonment of up to 2 years for knowingly employing illegal workers.

Under the Act we are required to check your eligibility to work in the UK before you start work. We are therefore asking all candidates to bring proof of their right to work to interview. If you do not currently have the right to work, and need to apply for a certificate of sponsorship please raise this at interview.

If you are successful at interview this documentation will be kept on your personnel file. If you forget to bring this documentation you will be asked to bring the original before an offer can be made and contract sent.

Should you require more information on your right to work in the UK please visit the UK Border Agency website.

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Last updated: 18 August 2014

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