Measures to tackle illegal working and automation of change of circumstance requests
Measures to tackle illegal working
On 9 April 2014, the government announced its latest plans to tackle a number of additional illegal working practices. The Home Office previously announced that it would increase the civil penalty for employing illegal migrants from £10,000 to £20,000. This will now come into effect in early May 2014.
Additional measures announced include:
- an increase in the maximum fine for employers paying below the national minimum wage from £5,000 to £20,000, bringing the fine into line with the maximum penalty for employing illegal migrants; and
- new regulations to tackle recruitment agencies which discriminate against UK workers by recruiting solely from abroad. The government will consult on new regulations to require these agencies to advertise vacancies in English in the United Kingdom.
Automation of change of circumstance requests
On 6 April 6 2014 the Home Office introduced a range of changes to sponsorship IT systems, including the ability to allow changes of main organisation, head office and key personnel addresses to take effect immediately in the sponsorship management system. This measure has been taken in response to feedback from sponsors and their advisers that have experienced delays of several months for these changes to take effect in the system.
The following change requests are now automatically applied to a sponsor’s licence:
- Organisation details.
- Authorising officer’s details.
- Key contact’s details.
- Level 1 user details.
The Home Office will continue to assess all changes of main organisation and head office address, whether automatically applied or not. Therefore, even if the change takes effect immediately, sponsors should always send the submission sheet and relevant supporting evidence to the Home Office.
Changes of address for key personnel will take effect immediately where the new address matches the main organisation or the head office address. In addition, changes of address for the sponsor’s key contact or Level 1 users will also be automated where the address matches that of a sponsor’s appointed representative.
If a request does not meet the criteria for automation, the changes will not take effect immediately, the request status on the ‘view recent and outstanding requests’ screen will be listed as pending and the Home Office will consider the request as normal.
For more information, please get in touch with one of our London Immigration Lawyers or call us on 020 3553 7711.