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Hi

 

I was wondering if anyone can help. I have an interview next week and in the e-mail offering me the interview it specifically stated you must produce a PASSPORT (in captal letters!) to prove right to work in the UK and they cannot make an offer without seeing one.

 

I am a citizen, but I don't have a passport, I used to have one except it expired several years ago, I didn't renew it and securely destroyed and disposed of it and did not keep a record of the numbers.

 

Is it legal to ask applicants to produce specifically a passport, or can other proof of citizenship do? I have an adoption certificate made under the provisions of the Adoption Act 1958 by an English county court and according to here: British nationality law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - if an order is made after the 1st January 1983 by a British court, and at least one of the parents is a citizen, citizenship is acquired automatically - which applies to me.

 

Or are there any other documents I might have to hand that would suffice? I do not have a driving license also.

 

I have e-mailed the recruiter to ask if this would be acceptable and explained the situation and am waiting to hear back. If they said it's not, is there any case law on this? It seems unfair to restrict to people who have a passport, especially as the purpose of producing the passport is solely to confirm right to work in the UK.

 

Kind regards :)

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I am sure I can remember a case recently very similar to this where and applicant was asked to prove their right to work in the interview. He went on to sue them for racial discrimination and won!

 

It is my understanding that they cannot ask for your right to work at the interview. They can only do this once they have offered the job and can reject you after this if you cannot produce suffiecient documents.

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I am a citizen, but I don't have a passport, I used to have one except it expired several years ago, I didn't renew it and securely destroyed and disposed of it and did not keep a record of the numbers.

 

Technically, and perhaps pedantically, since we live in a monarchy, we are subjects not citizens. We are not ruled by the EU yet.

 

 

I have e-mailed the recruiter to ask if this would be acceptable and explained the situation and am waiting to hear back. If they said it's not, is there any case law on this? It seems unfair to restrict to people who have a passport, especially as the purpose of producing the passport is solely to confirm right to work in the UK.

 

Kind regards :)

They should provide you with a list of suitable documents - these are laid down in statute. Whilst a passport is easiest, there is no automatic right to use this for the purposes of employment. A passport is technically only a government-owned travel document.

 

This page on the Manpower site gives a comprehensive view of what is required. You will note that none of the lists includes a UK driving licence. This is because these are available to anyone resident in UK who can pass the driving test and provide no proof whatsoever of immigration status.

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Thanks for that I am having the same issues

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