There are many businesses currently employing non-EU migrant workers in the UK and therefore it is extremely critical that employers carry out appropriate checks to ensure that employees have the correct visa to work in the UK and also to ensure that employees’ records are up to date. Failure to do so would result in significant fines.
In January 2014, a factory in Slough was faced with a penalty of up to £120,000 for employing illegal workers following an investigation by Immigration Officials. Officers arrested 12 Asian men aged between 25 and 51 years. All were working illegally and had either entered the country without leave to do so or had overstayed beyond their visas. Nine of the men remain in immigration detention pending removal from the country.
A further house search revealed a 30 year old Asian man who had entered the country without leave to do so. He, along with the three other men from the factory, have been placed on immigration bail and will also face removal if found to have no right to remain in the UK.
Don’t get caught out. We can advise you on what you need to do to ensure you are meeting UK Border Agency Rules before engaging employees. If you are unsure of your current employees’ status to work in the UK, we can help you through the process of checking their visa status and can undertake a full review of your employees’ records to ensure compliance with Immigration Rules.