Right to Work Documents (an Employers Guide)

An employer’s guide to acceptable right to work documents

We have provided a link to the Home Office documentation, which highlights acceptable forms of evidence and documentaiton for proving the right to work in the UK.

Home Office

The law on preventing illegal working is set out in sections 15 to 25 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 (the 2006 Act). This legislation replaced section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 (the 1996 Act) in respect of employment that commenced on or after 29 February 2008. Under section 15 of the 2006 Act, an employer may be liable for a civil penalty if they employ someone who does not have the right to undertake the work in question. However, an employer may establish a statutory excuse against this liability by carrying out prescribed document checks before the employment starts, although this excuse is not available if the employer knows that the employment is not permitted. The check has to be repeated if the employee only has limited permission to be in the UK.

Please find a link to the full document released by the Home Office Right to work Documents: Home Office