Frequently Asked Questions About Immigration
ILR in an expired passport
Question: We have an employee who has worked for the company for a number of years. Their passport is now out of date but has an indefinite leave to remain stamp. Do they have to apply for, and provide updated proof of, eligibility when the passport runs out?
Answer: With right to work documents it all depends on the situation when the individual is going through the onboarding process. If they had valid documents (ie ILR was in a valid passport) at the time of the check, then it does not matter if the passport subsequently runs out. This is because List A documents give an ongoing statutory excuse.
If the individual were to be starting work now, and they held ILR in an expired passport you would not have the statutory excuse, even though the individual has the right to work! This change occurred in May 2014. Anyone starting with you prior to then could have used ILR in an expired passport.
Assuming the right documents were copied prior to the employment starting, your employee does not need to renew their documents.
publication date: April 21, 2017
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