What steps must an employer take to ensure that a job applicant has the right to work in the UK?

Prior to allowing a job applicant to start work, the employer should request that the job applicant produce original documentary evidence indicating that he or she has the right to work in the UK, check that the documentation appears to relate to the job applicant and keep a copy of it for the duration of the person's employment and for two years after the termination of employment.

The Home Office produces lists of acceptable documents for the purposes of checking an individual's right to work in the UK. See: