FACE £2000 FINES UNDER NEW IMMIGRATION BILL
(30 March 2006)
new measures to boost Government powers to tackle illegal working
and strengthen UK borders became law today. Having received Royal
Assent the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality (IAN) Act, will enable
Government to tackle illegal working through a new civil penalties
scheme for employers by introducing fines of up to £2,000
per illegal employee, custodial sentences of up to two-years and
unlimited fines for those found knowingly to use or exploit illegal
in the Act will:
restrict appeals for those refused entry to the UK to work or
study. The UK will continue to welcome to the UK genuine migrants
who meet the transparent and objective criteria set out under
the Government's Points-Based System for managed migration;
tackle illegal working through a new civil penalties scheme for
employers by introducing fines of up to £2,000 per illegal
employee, custodial sentences of up to two-years and unlimited
fines for those found knowingly to use or exploit illegal workers;
strengthen our borders by allowing data sharing between the Immigration
Service, police and customs, as part of the e-Borders programme.
It will support the global roll-out of fingerprinting visa applicants
by giving powers to Immigration Officers to verify identity against
biometrics contained in travel documents; and
respond to new security threats by denying asylum to terrorists;
improving our ability to strip citizenship from and deport those
who pose a serious risk to the UK's interests; and speed up the
appeals process in national security deportation cases.
Minister Tony McNulty said: "I am very pleased to have seen
the IAN Bill pass successfully through Parliament and that I am
able to announce the introduction of these new provisions into law
today following Royal Assent.
measures take further the already good progress the Government has
made in implementing its five year strategy on immigration and asylum,
which will deliver a system that is strictly controlled, fair and
works in the economic interests of Britain.
provisions within the Act will help the Government in dealing with
people who pose a threat to the UK's national security, continue
our work to strengthen and modernise our borders using new technology,
develop closer working between border control agencies and restrict
the right of those refused entry to challenge a decision.
the same time we will ensure migration is managed to meet the UK's
economic needs, while being robust against abuse. The new civil
penalties scheme will help to ensure those people who benefit from
the contribution migrant workers make also share responsibility
for making our immigration system work effectively. These measures
build on the Government's plans to implement a new points-based
system for managing migration into the UK, which we set out in March
this year, to ensure that we benefit from the skills that migrants
can bring to our economy."
Government will begin introducing provisions within the Act in June,
with full implementation not expected until 2008.