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i have a hyper theoretical question say if you came to work

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i have a hyper theoretical question say if you came to work in the UK from Croatia but did not know that you needed permission and your employer wants to keep you on what needs to be done
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Immigration Law
Expert:  Thomas replied 4 years ago.

What nationality are you please?

Kind regards,

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

i am croatian


Customer: replied 4 years ago.

where is my answer ???

Expert:  Thomas replied 4 years ago.
Apologies, I'm really sorry but I have an unexpected emergency.

I will opt out and another one of my colleagues will assist.

Please be patient.

Kind regards,

Expert:  UKSolicitorJA replied 4 years ago.

Ignorance of the law is not a defence.

Croatian nationals are required to seek permission to work from the UK Home Office, this is normally done by applying for a Purple Registration Certificate properly known as an Accession Worker Registration Certificate.

If you did not apply for this Certificate, you have been working unlawfully and both you and your employer could get in trouble if caught.

Your employer could face a civil penalty and you could be detained and removed from the UK forcefully. On e you work here lawfully for 12 months, you are then allowed to work without any restriction.

See here for more details:

Of course this is in answer to your hypothetical question.

Hope this helps