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Under Section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 all employers in the United Kingdom should make basic document checks on every person they intend to employ.
On 1 May 2004, the Government introduced changes to the types of documents that employers need to check to avoid employing illegal migrant workers.
These changes aim to:
All employers should check the original documents of any job applicant. What documents are necessary depends on individual circumstances. What you need to do to make sure they're legal could be as simple as checking and photocopying the pages of a passport.
Staff should provide documents for employers to check. Use our step by step guide to find out what documents you need to see.