My boyfriend (citizen of a non-EU country) has finished his studies in an EU country and has begun looking for a job in that EU country.
Usually, the main reason for the many rejections he received is the lack of a suitable work permit (he is legally here using his student permit). Just to be clear, a company has to do the work permit, but many SMEs just prefer to hire EU citizens or someone who already has it, so they avoid the paperwork (and maybe additional costs, I am not sure).
Now, a big company has made him an offer. The work permit issue wasn't addressed during the hiring process, although they are aware he is a student. Considering it is a big company, their HR department is probably used to deal with this situation, but we are worried they may withdraw the offer once they realize my boyfriend has no permit, arguing he hid that information.
The question: once he signs the offer, can the company withdraw from it arguing they were not aware of the work status of the employee?
Edit: maybe this seems naive, but we are not trying to trick anyone here. He is a data scientist (a highly demanded profile) and when he did the interview we were not aware of the huge barrier that this visa permit seems to be for so many companies.