The following Risk & Compliance guidance note Produced in partnership with Natasha Chell of Laura Devine Immigration provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
This Practice Note covers the role, strategy and enforcement powers of the Home Office as the UK’s immigration regulator. It sets out the key points employers should know about compliance checks, immigration controls and self-reporting. It also covers the sorts of events that can trigger compliance visits or immigration actions.
The Home Office is the lead ministerial department of the UK government serving as the UK’s immigration regulator. The Home Office is in charge of border security, immigration control, reviewing applications, and issuing passports and visas.
The Home Office is supported in its immigration role by a number of agencies and public bodies, including:
UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)—runs the UK’s visa and asylum services, considers applications for British citizenship, decides sponsor licence applications, and manages appeals
Border Force—secures the borders through immigration and customs checks, patrols the coast, and notifies authorities of individuals of interest
Immigration Enforcement—prevents abuse, tracks immigration offenders and increases compliance with immigration law, increases compliance of UK immigration Rules and laws, and tracks offenders
HM Passport Office—provides passport services to British nationals in the UK and abroad (in association with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office)
Employers must check employees' eligibility to work in the UK before they start work. Sponsoring migrants requires the employer to hold a sponsor
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