Police and immigration officers have certain powers to enter business premises where they believe an immigration offence is being committed.
For the more serious immigration offences, an employer may be fined and/or prosecuted.
If you are applying to become a licensed sponsor under the points-based system, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) may carry out checks before making a decision on your sponsorship application. You may also be visited by one of their visiting officers as part of this process.
The UKBA may also conduct checks and/or visits after you have been granted a sponsor licence.
Such checks/visits are carried out to make sure that the information you have given on the sponsorship application is accurate and that you are fulfilling all of the duties required of you as a licensed sponsor.
For more information, read guidance on sponsor applications on the UKBA website.
See our guide on employing migrants - an overview.
The police and immigration officers have the power to arrest and remove an individual who:
The police and immigration officers also have the power to:
However, this only applies when the individual is working and the police and immigration officers reasonably believe that the individual and/or their employer have committed an immigration offence.
If they are found to have committed an immigration offence, employers may face any or a combination of the sanctions below. They may:
For more information on A8 and A2 nationals, see our guide on employing migrants - an overview.
If the employer is a sponsor under the points-based system, they may also:
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