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National Identity Card

Introducing the new identity cards – make sure your business is ready

Later this year the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) is launching two new identity cards – the National Identity Card for British citizens and the Identification Card for European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals.The new cards join the Identity Card for Foreign Nationals that was launched in November 2008 by the UK Border Agency. Although the initial rollout is to people living in Greater Manchester, these identity cards could be presented anywhere in the country and in future will be available to everyone in the UK. As such it is important that you and your staff can recognise and accept the cards as a proof of identity. It will be very likely that some staff members dealing with customers, or involved in recruitment, may be shown one of the cards as a proof of identity. T... »

ID Cards for Skilled Foreign Workers

ID Cards for Skilled Foreign Workers

Businesses will be able to assess the eligibility of skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) to work in the UK from January, after the UK Borders Agency (UKBA) announced it will introduce the ID card scheme three months earlier than expected. From January, migrants from outside the EEA with a skill level of NVQ level 3 or above (those in tier 2 under the Government’s points-based system) will be issued with ID cards which employers can use to check recruits’ eligibility to work in the UK. Currently, an employer has to verify that the employee has the right to work in the UK and take a copy of their passport and other documentation. From January, they will have the option to check the ID card but will still be obliged to take a copy of it for their records.... »