The Home Office has announced that, from 6 April 2014, the maximum civil penalty for employing unauthorised migrant workers will double from £10,000 to £20,000. The maximum penalty will apply to employers that repeatedly breach the prevention of illegal working rules. The Home Office has also published new guidance, which is available here.
If you have overstayed your visa, but think you may have a human rights claim to remain in the UK, you should take advice on how to regularise or legalise your stay in the UK, before you get arrested and removed.
Immigration Matters offers bail and appeal services for those who find themselves locked in detention centres.
If you have been detained, need any immigration advice or are worried about the new immigration rules or need help with Sponsorship or Tier 2, Tier 4, applying for university if your college has closed down, Visa, ILR, Settlement, Citizenship, Dependant Visa or an appeal against a UK Border Agency or British Embassy refusal, or if you have been waiting for a reply from the Home Office for longer than a year, please email: