Getting immigration compliance right is a common worry for employers in the UK.

The Home Office regime for the Prevention of Illegal Working applies to all UK employers and includes a civil penalty scheme, criminal penalties and restrictions on sponsoring non-EEA nationals to work in the UK. The Home Office is becoming stricter in terms of issuing penalties, and suspension and revocation of sponsor licences. It is essential for UK businesses to ensure they have the required evidence of employees’ right to work on file, and that their HR systems and processes are compliant. Below is our short ‘Five in 5’ step route to a better Home Office Audit.

  1. Make sure your systems are up to scratch (e.g. contact details and absence tracking)
  2. Have relevant documents ready for inspection (right to work and payslips at the very
  3. least)
  4. Be respectful and courteous (if now is not a good time, ask if the auditors would consider re-arranging)
  5. Make a note of questions and answers, and ask for a copy of any notes the auditors take
  6. Call your lawyers to address any issues as soon as possible