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What about permits, visas etc for EU workers?
WORKER REGISTRATION SCHEME
  • Since the 1st of May 2004 work permits are not required by workers recruited from the A8 countries (Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Latvia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia and Slovenia).
  • From the 1st May 2011 residents of the A8 countries are NO longer required to register under the Worker Registration Scheme.
  • Residents of the A8 countries may be employed without any prior permission or requirement.
  • NATIONAL INSURANCE NUMBER
    If they do not already have a NI number they should make application for a NI number as soon as possible.
  • There is no specific time limit to apply for a NI number.
  • It is perfectly legal for you to employ workers without NI numbers.
  • Telephone 0845 600 0643 to arrange a NINO appointment.
  • The National Insurance Centre will make an appointment for an interview at a local Job Centre office or Job Centre to suit the worker.
  • The interview normally lasts between 1 and 1½ hours. The person being interviewed MUST provide documents confirming their identity.
  • Recommended documents to produce include: passport, ID card, driving licence, utility bill showing current address, rent book showing current address, letter from employer etc.
  • The purpose of the interview is to check the identity of the person and to confirm his/her right to work in the UK. The worker will be sent a letter giving details of when and where the appointment will be and what documents the worker has to bring to the appointment.
  • Some two or three weeks after the interview the National Insurance number will be sent by post to the applicant.
  • Meanwhile it is perfectly in order for you to employ the person. You will find that payroll software, such as Sage, will create a temporary NI number.

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