Immigration Bill Will Make Illegal Working A Criminal Offence
The Prime Minister has said that the new Immigration Bill will specifically make illegal working a criminal act. This will enable proceeds from that work to be seized, and it could lead to harsher penalties for the worker as well as the employer. The Bill will also make it easier for employers to keep track of visas, with reminders being sent to migrant worker employers when an employee’s visa is set to expire.
Under current regulations, a civil case is typically brought against an employer while the illegal worker will be detained in a bid to have them removed from the country. The civil case may lead to a fine of up to £10,000, and if the employer is an official sponsor for migrant workers, then they could lose this right and their registration.
However, Cameron has said that the current system isn’t fair on those that enter and work legally, or on the rest of the population. He went on to say that closing the drawbridge wasn’t the solution to immigration, but that employing closer controls and better safeguards was. He said that one of the first steps would be “making Britain a less attractive place to come and work illegally”.
There will be further additions and changes introduced under the Immigration Bill that was announced during the Queen’s Speech, too. A database of illegal immigrants will be introduced, and banks will be required to check any applicants and bank holder details against this database to identify those that are not entitled to be in the country. What’s more, employers will not be permitted to take on migrant workers by advertising abroad unless they first advertise here in the UK.
The government has also announced that the so-called Snooper’s Charter, which would enable the government to collect data on peoples’ online habits and digital communications, will go ahead now the Liberal Democrats are not around to veto the idea. The charter has come under considerable scrutiny especially from rights groups and privacy groups, but also from groups that claim umbrella monitoring is not a financially viable option because of the considerable work it would take.