Use the Employer Checking Service

You must ask the Home Office to check an employee’s or potential employee’s immigration status if any of the following are true:

  • they cannot show you their documents because of an outstanding appeal, review or application with the Home Office
  • they have an Application Registration Card
  • they have a Certificate of Application that’s less than 6 months old
  • they’re a Commonwealth citizen who started living in the UK before 1988

Start now on the Home Office service

Before you start

You’ll need to get the employee or potential employee’s permission to make the check.

You’ll need to provide the following information to request a check.

Your employee’s or potential employee’s:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • nationality
  • job title
  • hours worked per week
  • home address
  • Home Office reference number or case ID (if they have either)

You need to see their original Application Registration Card or Certificate of Application, if this is what you’re checking.

You’ll also need to provide your:

  • business name
  • business type
  • business contact information

You can be fined up to £20,000 for employing illegal workers.