As a direct access immigration barrister the new immigration bill has highlighted some important changes to the legal landscape. Below is a brief summary of some of the main aspects of the new Bill.
People driving a car while in the country illegally face jail and having their vehicles seized under new powers
A new offence of driving while unlawfully in the UK
Anyone arrested for the new offence could have their car impounded and, if convicted, forfeited
Immigration Enforcement officers will have new powers to search individuals and properties and seize driving licences if they suspect someone to be here illegally.
There are new further provisions to tackle
The exploitation of low-skilled workers, increasing the punishments for employing illegal migrants, and strengthening sanctions for working illegally;
And ensure that only people living lawfully in the UK can have access to UK bank accounts, driving licences and rental accommodation;
And increase powers to make it easier to remove people who have no right to be in the UK.
It also includes a range of new powers to:
Tackle illegal employment, including a new offence of illegal working
Stop providing support to migrants who do not return home once all claims to asylum have failed
Strengthen border security
Ensure all public employees in customer-facing roles speak good English
Electronically tag those on immigration bail
Create a new role of Director of Labour Market Enforcement
Impose a new skills levy on businesses bringing migrant labour into the country
If you or a family member or a friend are affected by any of the issues raised above please do not hesitate to get in touch with me and my dedicated team in Gray’s Inn London and we will do our utmost to help you with you any immigration advice / problem you may or may not have.