Foreign National right to work - online checks available

Foreign National right to work - online checks available
Thursday, 15 December 2011 00:00

From spring 2012, employers should find it much easier to carry out "Right to Work" checks on potential and existing employees. This has always been a particluar problem area for employers.

The changes mean that businesses will be able to go online to verify that the details contained on a foreign employee's biometric residence permit (BRP) are correct.

The BRP hold a individuals photograph and fingerprints securely on a chip. They are issued to non-EEA nationals who have permission to remain and work in the UK for more than 6 months. They were introduced as an important step forward in the fight against immigration abuse and illegal working

BRPs are simplifying the process of checking an individual's right to work by replacing the wide range of documents currently in use. The new online checking service for employers will enable quick and easy real-time checks on permits and their holder's identity and right to work in the UK.

Immigration Minister, 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.'

It was 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.

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