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If you are concerned that you have been working illegally or employing illegal workers in the UK, you will need to change this as quickly as possible. This will help avoid severe penalties from the Home Office or even a deportation order against you.
You can be classed as an illegal worker if you do not hold permission to remain in the UK or if your current leave has expired or been invalidated. You will also be recognized as an illegal worker in the UK if you do not have leave that grants you to do your type of work.
If you believe you are working illegally or allowing illegal immigration of your employees, legal advice is important. Our lawyers can give timely, confidential advice to protect yourself or your business from any penalties from the Home Office. Our services include Sponsor License assistance and immigration consultancy. We also offer emergency work permit applications to prevent acts of illegal immigration in the UK. Get in touch on +1844 290 6312 today or make an inquiry online to find out your options or for more information.
As of July 2017, under section 24B of the 1971 Act, an individual pledges the offense of illegal working if he or she is:
It is important to note, as a migrant worker, the penalties that you could face for working in spite of the law.
You could face a six-month prison sentence and an unlimited fine if you are found to be an illegal worker without the correct paperwork. Additionally, any income you make in this time may be seized by the Home Office.
As a business owner, it is important to be aware of the penalties for ignoring the laws outlined by the Home Office. Employers must confirm that all workers have the right to work in the UK and the correct documents to prove this.
Employers could be subject to penalties if:
In the event of these things not being carried out, an employer may receive a referral notice from the Home Office. This referral notice will let them know that their business will be investigated. This investigation could result in fines of up to £20,000 per illegal worker.
The employer may then receive a Civil Penalty notice which must be responded to within 28 days. The notice will include details on how to pay fines, the next steps and how to appeal (see next FAQ).
Your business’ details could also be published by Immigration Enforcement as a warning not to employ illegal workers.
We recommend getting help from an immigration expert if you are worried about a UK illegal immigration issue.
Working illegally in the UK can negatively affect any applications you make in the future for all visa types.
By getting in touch with one of our expert immigration advisers, you will be able to discuss the different Work Permit options available to you. This will help you regulate your status and ensure you are not penalized by the Home Office.
Employing illegal workers in the UK may result in a fine and a warning called a Civil Penalty.
This can seriously affect a company’s reputation and can even cause a company to close down.
If a company receives a fine from the Home Office because their employees are working illegally, they will have 28 days to respond.
They can either:
This 28-day deadline is very strict and there is no chance of extension.
It is highly advisable to seek the help of an immigration lawyer in the event of a Civil Penalty. We can offer advice on options and help with the appeal process.
The lawyers at IAS have experience with many cases of helping businesses after receiving a Civil Penalty. We also help those who are concerned they are committing UK illegal immigration offenses.
Our services are confidential and we aim to offer the best quality support and guidance we can.
For UK employers, we will:
For employees, we will:
Get in touch with us to discuss your options if you are worried you may be working illegally in the UK.
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