Immigration Act changes

Immigration Act changes

  • Date: Friday 3rd June 2016

From 12th July 2016 employing illegal labour is classed as a criminal offence, attracting a maximum prison sentence of 5 years plus civil fines.


The wording of the act has also been changed to state that the employer “(...) must have reasonable cause to believe that the employee is disqualified from employment (...)”, which closes loopholes and will make it easier to prosecute.


Further changes (implementation dates to be announced) will include:

  • a visa levy (immigration skills charge) on employers that use foreign labour;
  • the requirement for public-facing public-sector workers to speak fluent English (or Welsh if they are in Wales); and
  • a new power to close premises for up to 48 hours where a business employs illegal migrants.


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