Many employers value workers from overseas due to the knowledge and skills they can contribute to the organisation. HR professionals have an important role to play in recruiting migrant workers as they are responsible for carrying out the necessary checks and making sure the law is followed.

This factsheet looks at categories of foreign nationals in terms of their freedom to enter and work in the UK. It outlines the legal framework and highlights the risks of employing people illegally. It also explores the particular issues and responsibilities employers need to be aware of when employing workers from overseas, and provides links to government guidance on the employer's role during the checking process.

CIPD viewpoint

Reasons for employing workers from overseas

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union

The legal framework

Employers’ responsibilities for avoiding illegal employment

Recruiting overseas workers


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