Staff Immigration

Right to work in the UK


**Important information**

The Home Office have announed temporary changes to right to work checks. Please use the updated guidance until further notice.

We have a duty to prevent illegal working by carrying out document checks before an individual commences work.  A ‘right to work in the UK check’ means that you verify a document, which is deemed acceptable by the Home Office for showing permission to work.

Where a right to work in the UK check is carried out before someone starts working for us, we will establish a 'statutory excuse' (or legal excuse) against liability to pay a civil penalty if found to be employing an illegal worker. We will also protect our sponsor licence.

If a person has a restriction on the type of work they can do or the amount of hours they can work, we must not employ them in breach of these restrictions.

Right to work checks are undertaken by the hiring School or Department by a tranined staff member. Guidance and support is provided by the HR Immigration Unit if needed. If you are in any doubt about any aspect of right to work checks, please contact the HR Immigration Unit for further assistance before proceeding. Employment must not commence until the persons right to work has been confirmed.

Biometric Residence Permit

Non-EEA nationals entering the UK for more than six months are required to apply for a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) for collection after arrival. The individual will be issued a 30 day travel vignette to enter the UK, but must collect their BRP within 10 days of arrival.

Further information on how this affected right to work in the UK checks can be found here.

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