Immigration Compliance Audits
All employers will be aware that a substantial proportion of the UK based workforce are not British Nationals. Assessing who has and does not have legal permission to work is not always straightforward. With the Home Office becoming increasingly strident in the amount of visits they make to businesses without notice and the amount of immigration fines they hand out, businesses need to be able to arm themselves with the correct knowledge and procedures to avoid fines and being ‘named and shamed’ on the Home Office website.
The red tape burden on businesses is significant, human resources departments are in effect being asked to learn immigration law as well do the Home Offices’ job for them!
The starting point for assessment is always whether the worker is illegally working or not. It should however, be recalled that simply because a person has immigration permission to be in the UK, it does not mean that they have permission to work in the UK. Looking over the visa stamp will often only provide written confirmation in some cases.
If an employer is found to be employing a migrant worker, then in order to avoid sanctions, the businesses must ensure that they follow a 3 stage process of document checking every 12 months.
Firms and business who want to hire workers from outside of the United Kingdom will need to follow a number of precautions before doing so. This includes ensuring that your company has the necessary certificates and paperwork to hire workers from outside of the United Kingdom. Depending on the role you are hiring for, you may also need to be able to provide evidence that you could not hire somebody already in the United Kingdom to fill the role. In this instance, your business would not be able to hire a worker from outside of the United Kingdom for the role.
Getting the correct paperwork and complying with immigration can be a difficult process when it comes to your business, so it is recommended that you enlist the help of a lawyer to assist you with the process. Our team are very experienced and will be able to offer you with expert immigration advice, saving you time and money in your endeavour to hire new employees.
How can Westkin help with your business’ immigration compliance?
Westkin are a corporate Immigration law firm who specialize in all forms of UK visas, licenses and immigration compliance. We ensure that all UK businesses gain the most from the international labour force.
Westkin undertake detailed compliance audits to protect UK employers. Our audits start with a conversation with key decision makers, followed by a detailed on site visit that can last hours, or even days depending on the number of staff.
We ensure that all staff have permission to work, and that the correct documents are held. We also ensure that the correct systems are in place to prevent any future illegal working. We also ensure that our work is undertaken with sensitivity and in compliance with all race relations and best practice.
If you are interested in hearing more about our work or have any questions on the issues covered, please contact Hassan Mehdi directly on 0207 016 7786 or simply send a message using the above form.
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