Q33 - Are there any other documents, like the Standard Acknowledgement Letter (SAL), or the Immigration Service 96W (IS96W) letter, which have been removed as part of the statutory defence since 1 May 2004?
Q34 - Many British citizens do not have a passport or a long birth certificate, so why did the Government remove the short birth certificate as acceptable evidence under section 8?
Q36 - Can an adopted person, who is a British citizen and who does not have a long birth certificate, prove their eligibility to work in the UK with their adoption certificate?
Q33 - Are there any other documents, like the Standard Acknowledgement Letter (SAL), or the Immigration Service 96W (IS96W) letter, which have been removed as part of the statutory defence since 1 May 2004?As well as the Standard Acknowledgement Letter (SAL) and the Immigration Service 96W (IS96W) no longer being acceptable after 1 May 2004. The following documents, which you may have checked previously to establish a statutory defence, have also been removed from the document lists:
Q34 - Many British citizens do not have a passport or a long birth certificate, so why did the Government remove the short birth certificate as acceptable evidence under section 8?The withdrawal of the short birth certificate was introduced as part of wider initiatives by the Home Office to combat fraud and to prevent identity theft. Since 1 May 2004, a short birth certificate issued in the UK will no longer establish part of an employer's defence under section 8, and from 4 May 2004, anyone born on or after 1 January 1983, who applies for a UK passport for the first time, will have to provide their full birth certificate. Further details on this change in policy are available from the Identity and Passport Service (IPS).
The short birth certificate has been withdrawn as a document acceptable as evidence under section 8 because it is a document that has proved vulnerable to forgery. A person born in the UK could enter fictitious details about their parents, or a person could attempt to work here illegally by making a false statement about themselves. These types of false representation could be prevented by the requirement for a long birth certificate and would ultimately be prevented by the introduction of an ID card with biometric information.
A long birth certificate also gives valuable background information which is absent from the short birth certificate. Not only does it give the names of the parents, but also where they were born, their occupation at the time of the birth, their address at the time of the birth and the place where the child was born. All this information can be used to verify personal details if necessary.
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The Government does not accept that the changes to section 8 will impact substantially on the majority of British citizens who wish to prove their entitlement to work. Analysis suggests that, of the 47 million UK passports currently in circulation, approximately 32 million are held by people of working age. Assuming that these passport holders will account for the vast majority of job changes that take place in the UK every year, the option of checking and recording just one document will remain in most cases.
Those British citizens who do not hold a passport will either have, or be entitled to apply for a permanent National Insurance Number (NINO), as nearly all residents in the UK are automatically given a small plastic card with their NINO as they approach age 16. To complete the combination of documents from List 2, if an individual does not have a copy of their long birth certificate, a replacement birth certificate may be obtained for a fee from the local registrar in the district where they were born, or alternatively from;
General Register Office (England and Wales)
General Register Office (N. Ireland)
49 -55 Chichester Street
General Register Office (Scotland)
New Register House
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Q36 - Can an adopted person, who is a British citizen and who does not have a long birth certificate, prove their eligibility to work in the UK with their adoption certificate?Adoption certificates cannot be used in place of long birth certificates, as they are not listed in the legislation as acceptable for the purpose of providing a defence under section 8. An adoption certificate can only be accepted to explain a discrepancy between names, or other personal details shown on two documents and shown as a combination of documents from List 2. However, an adopted person can obtain a copy of their long birth certificate. Further information on how to do this is available from the General Register Office.
Furthermore, a British citizen who has been adopted, but who does not have a copy of their birth certificate, can still obtain a passport. This would provide them with a single document from List 1 that would demonstrate their legal entitlement to work in the UK.
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