I am an EU citizen (not British), who is looking for jobs in England. I have been in contact with an IT company which, after the first two interviews, asked me to send them a photocopy of my passport before a following technical test and a last final interview.
They are aware that I am an EU citizen and that I do not require visa sponsorship in order to work in GB.
I find this hiring process very suspect, and the early request for a copy of my passport in particular raised some questions:
- Is it normal for UK companies to request copies of candidates' passports before actually giving them a formal offer, or at least a draft of the contract?
- How should I react to this request?