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If you are a UK employer or company and you employ migrant workers you must ensure that you are doing so legally. If you are employing illegal immigrants or foreign workers without a Sponsor Licence or allow them to work without a valid UK visa you could receive a UK Civil Penalty. This penalty comes directly from the Home Office and comes in the form of a written warning and a monetary fine. If you receive a Civil Penalty it must be quickly responded to in order to avoid further penalties.
Our highly-qualified immigration lawyers can help you if you have received, or are worried about receiving, a Civil Penalty. At IAS, we offer exclusive Immigration Consultancy and Immigration Audit services. These services identify and solve any issues with your business’ HR practices. This will ensure that the Home Office does not give you a Civil Penalty for bad sponsorship practices in the future. These services also include an immediate assessment, if you have already received a penalty for employing illegal immigrants from the Home Office, to see if you can appeal. Your lawyer can also act as your legal representative if your appeal is taken to a Tribunal.
If you have received a Civil Penalty, there are three courses of action which you can choose to take:
The Home Office has a strict 28 day deadline. Because of this it is important to bear in mind that you will need to make a decision within this time frame to avoid incurring further penalties.
It is also important to note that there is no extension period for any of these options.
In situations where you have received a Civil Penalty, it is advisable to contact us immediately to discuss the circumstances of the penalty and the best course of action for you.
As well as having to pay a large fine to the Home Office, a Civil Penalty can also result in:
The Home Office publish an annual list of all the names of UK businesses who have been issued with Civil Penalties. This can also have a negative impact for businesses, as it can result in:
As there is a very strict deadline within which you are able to object your civil penalty, it is highly advisable that you seek the assistance of an immigration adviser.
At IAS, we have a team of expert lawyers who are dedicated to making sure that you are aware of your options. One of our advisers will:
We will assist you throughout the entire duration of your objection, ensuring that you have the full support you need. Contact us to speak with an immigration advice lawyer today.
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