Increased Fines for Employers
Fines will more than triple for employers who knowingly hire people who do not have the right to work in the UK.
The changes will also mean landlords will face significant penalties for renting properties to illegal migrants.
From the start of 2024, employers will see fines for a first breach increase from £15,000 to £45,000, while repeated breaches will attract a penalty of £60,000 compared to the previous £20,000.
Increased Penalties for Landlords Failing to Conduct Checks
Landlords should be aware of the increase in fines if they fail to correctly check the immigration status of their tenants. The changes mean a rise from £80 per lodger and £1,000 per occupier to £5,000 per lodger and £10,000 per occupier for a first breach.
If found guilty of ongoing breaches, then property owners could be forced to pay £10,000 per lodger and £20,000 per occupier, significantly higher than the current levels of £500 and £3,000.
Employers have “no excuse”
Minister for Immigration, Robert Jenrick, explained that anyone employing overseas workers must ensure they are following all the legal requirements.
He added: “There is no excuse for not conducting the appropriate checks and those in breach will now face significantly tougher penalties.”
All employers must ensure prospective employees have the right to work in the UK before they commence work. These checks must be conducted for all workers, regardless of their country of origin.
Last modified on August 23rd, 2023 at 2:52 pm
Need help with an immigration issue? Book a one-to-one advice session with one of our legal caseworkers.
We can complete your visa application on your behalf, taking the stress and hassle out of the process.
Fast Track Package
Need to submit an application quickly? We can help you complete and send it off in as little as 24 hours.
Ensure you have the greatest chance of a successful appeal with our legal support and guidance.
The Advice Package
With our Advice Package, you can book a one-to-one session with one of our legal team and receive bespoke advice tailored for your situation. We will review your case and give you expert advice on how best to proceed with your immigration matter. Reach out to a member of our team and book your session today.
The Application Package
Our Application Package is designed to help relieve the stress of immigration applications. One of our legal caseworkers will help you throughout the entire process, including establishing your eligibility for your chosen route, completing your application form to the highest standards and organising your documents. We will then submit it and monitor its status on your behalf.
The Fast Track Package
Our premium Fast Track Package is ideal if you need to submit an application quickly, such as if you need to meet a tight deadline. Our lawyers will work closely with you to see that your application is completed to the highest standards and ensure you get your application in on time, helping to take the stress and pressure off you.
The Appeal Package
Visa appeals can be a stressful process, especially if you’re relying on a specific visa to be approved. Our legal team can help you navigate the whole process and maximise your chances of a successful appeal, working alongside you to reach a favourable result. We can also represent you in immigration-related hearings and tribunals.