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UK Border Agency change employer guidance on preventing illegal working | Immigration Matters

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The UK Border Agency has published updated summary guidance to help employers understand the law on illegal working and what steps they must take to comply.

The shorter summary guidance includes a quick reference tool and lists document checks that employers should undertake. The summary version must be read in conjunction with the government’s full comprehensive guidance for employers on preventing illegal working, which was updated on 2 November.

Employers can download both updated documents from the Preventing illegal working – guidance documents for employers page on the UK Border Agency’s website.

For general enquiries regarding illegal working, employers can also contact the sponsorship and employers’ helpline.

If in doubt, pick up the phone or seek legal advice from a professional who can audit your files, as mistakes can be costly. 

Employers can be fined up to £10,000 per illegal worker

Despite the threat of £10,000 fines and a widely publicised information campaign, many employers are slipping up because there is still a lot of confusion surrounding the whole area of employing foreign nationals and even EU workers.

For instance a common assumption is that all members of the European Union have the same rights. Wrong. Not all EU members have the right to freely work in the UK.

As members of the European Union, Bulgarians have visa-free access to the UK, however, like Romanians, they do not enjoy the same treaty rights to work as the earlier A8 Eastern European EU accession countries such as Poland and Latvia.

Employers cannot employ a Romanian or Bulgarian worker in the same way they can a Polish or other A8 accession country citizen. 

Other issues which cause confusion are overseas workers on student visas and dependants of Tier 4 students and Tier 2 working visa holders.See also:

UK Border Agency raid two Sussex care homes

European Union propose more control over UK law system, report says

UKBA publish new application form and guidance for UK naturalisation

Bulgarian couple arrested in France for people smuggling

Immigration cap already in place – for Care Workers

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2 Responses to “UK Border Agency change employer guidance on preventing illegal working”
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  1. gaurang says :

    Dear sir/madam , i have so many illigal person , company , agencys , branded stors -show rooms details , so pl give me a perfect address to complain about who give illigal work to student or others.

  2. […] week the UK Border Agency published updated summary guidance to help employers understand the law on illegal working and what the steps they must take to […]

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