How to Employ Someone from Outside the UK and EEA

  • Price: £3.60
  • Published: January 2015
  • Type: Business Information Factsheet
  • Format: PDF

When a business employs a worker from outside the UK it is important that they are aware of and comply with the legislation that regulates this. All employers are required to carry out certain checks to ensure that prospective employees have the right to work in the UK. If a prospective employee needs to apply for permission to work in the UK, an employer may need to sponsor their application. In order to do this there must usually be evidence that no UK resident is available to fill the vacancy. Anyone employing someone from outside the UK illegally is liable to civil and criminal action.

This factsheet explains what employers must do to comply with legislation relating to the employment of people from outside the UK. It gives information about the rules that apply to particular countries and lists the documents employers need to check. It explains how prospective employees can apply for permission to work in the UK and provides an overview of how employers can sponsor a prospective employee. It also outlines penalties for non-compliance and provides hints and tips and sources of further information.

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