New immigration rules factsheet

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27 / 5 / 2016 Midday

The new Immigration Act 2016 aims to reduce the amount of net migration by encouraging employers to upskill their resident UK workforce. Find out the changes you need to be aware of including a new charge, English language requirements and tougher measures to tackle illegal working.

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Key points

  • Introduction of a new immigration skills charge (ISC) for employers of non-EEA nationals under Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system (upfront cost of ¬£5,000 when recruiting an individual on a five-year visa).
  • Funding raised from the ISC will be used to train resident workers.
  • New Code of Practice for unregulated staff setting out the minimum expected standards of English.
  • Tougher sanctions on employers who know or have reason to believe they are employing an illegal worker.
  • Increase in the maximum custodial sentence for the employer from two to five years.
  • Maximum civil penalty to increase to ¬£20,000 per illegal worker.
  • New powers to close premises on suspicion of employing an illegal worker.
Further information, including detailed factsheets can be found on the GOV.UK website. 

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